Incentives may be available to property owners for the restoration, rehabilitation and maintenance of designated Municipal Historic Resources, in accordance with Edmonton's City Policy C450B to Encourage the Designation and Rehabilitation of Municipal Historic Resources in Edmonton.

Incentives may include:

  • Direct grant payments for specific rehabilitation costs
  • Ongoing maintenance financial incentives
  • Zoning regulation variances
  • Other incentives or relaxations deemed appropriate by City Council

Buildings that are already designated are eligible for ongoing maintenance incentives from the City and Province.

Upon receipt of the application the amount of work to restore the building is determined and an agreement between the owner and City is made. This agreement outlines the incentive level agreed upon and what portions of the building are to be protected by caveat which is registered on the property title.

Financial Incentives are awarded according to the following for eligible work:

Residential Buildings Commercial Buildings
Rehabilitation Incentive 50% of restoration costs, to a max of $75,000 Rehabilitation Incentive 50% of restoration costs (Note: financial incentive is negotiated with the owner)
Maintenance Incentive 1/3 of restoration costs, to a max of $10,000, renewable every 5 years Maintenance Incentive 1/3 of restoration costs, to a maximum of $50,000, renewable every 5 years

Rehabilitation Incentive Qualification

To qualify for rehabilitation incentives the following conditions must be met:

  1. The structure must be listed on the Register of Historic Resources in Edmonton and therefore be designated as a Municipal Historic Resource by Bylaw
  2. The owner must agree to enter into a Maintenance Agreement with the City
  3. The owner must agree to have the Designation Bylaw and Maintenance Agreement registered on the property title which will not be postponed in favour of any subsequent encumbrances
  4. The Owner must agree to rezone the property to DC1 (Direct Control Provision) at no cost, the zoning fees are waived
  5. The proposed rehabilitation should conform to The Standards and Guidelines for the Conservation of Historic Places in Canada

Eligible Work

Incentives are primarily provided for exterior rehabilitation work. However, in some circumstances, incentives may be provided for interior spaces. Typically, rehabilitation incentives are available for:

  • Exterior restoration and repairs and where necessary replacement of missing historical elements of the building's Character Defining Elements
  • Exterior cleaning, preparation and painting
  • Windows, storm windows and doors, repair and selective replacements in kind
  • Porch repair, woodwork and selective replacements in kind
  • Some structural work may be eligible - roofs, chimneys, foundations and structural upgrading (in exceptional circumstances) if it contributes to the overall historic character of the resource

Ineligible Work

Examples of ineligible work include:

  • Interior demolition
  • Soft costs including administrative charges, permits and legal fees
  • Operating or regular maintenance costs
  • Tenant improvements unless those improvements repair or restore significant historic and architectural materials and are included as Character Defining Elements in the designation
  • New construction or reconstruction except where the construction is demonstrated to be an accurate restoration of Character Defining Elements
  • Installation of modern building services such as heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems and electrical or plumbing services upgrading to meet code
  • Utility services and installation costs
  • Installation of new services or amenities such as handicap access, elevators, washrooms, security and fire alarm systems