The Province of Nova Scotia has three programs that may allow a property owner of a municipally registered heritage property to recover a portion of their expenses incurred restoring or maintaining the exterior. These programs have specific requirements for eligibility. Contact the Heritage properties Programs, NS Tourism, Culture and Heritage, 1747 Summer Street, Halifax, NS B3H 3A6 or phone (902) 424-5647.
The success of preservation of exteriors of buildings of Bridgewater is dependent on the cooperation of our property owners. Protection restrictions of registered heritage properties are limited to the exterior of a building only. Changes to the exterior do require the approval of the Bridgewater Heritage Advisory Committee in order to maintain architectural reasons for registration. Registration remains in effect as the property changes ownership.
A formal request is made by completing the Registering a Heritage Property Application Form and completing information about your property. An assessment process will be completed. Attached is also a chart depicting the procedures followed by the Bridgewater Heritage Advisory Committee and Council to register the building.
The Act provides for control over changes to the exterior of the building only. Approval for changes is required prior to undertaking any work. Generally speaking, land surrounding a building is not included in the registration process. A request for approval for proposed work to the exterior of the building would include the completion of an application to substantially alter a building. This includes surface changes, architectural alterations such as window and doors and paint colors. The Heritage Advisory Committee can suggest alternatives for your consideration which would be more in keeping with the heritage quality of the property.
Your interest demonstrates that you value quality and character. If your register your property, you have taken a leading step in preserving a symbol of pride and character for the community of Bridgewater.
A provincial Act empowers municipal governments to protect properties in local jurisdictions. Bridgewater Town Council appoints a Heritage Advisory Committee who advises Council and helps to administer Bridgewater's bylaw. The Committee also advises Council on what buildings are significant enough to register, the suitability of any alterations to exteriors of registered buildings and implement general promotion of heritage preservation in Bridgewater.
Maintaining the exterior of buildings with character preserves history and enhances neighbourhoods, and your community. Buildings are a tangible reminder of the contributions to quality of life in our community.