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Picton Heritage Conservation District

Prince Edward County is rich in cultural heritage and that’s something in which our community takes great pride. The buildings and landscapes that embody that heritage serve not only to remind us of our own history, but are also helping us to create our new future.   

Our cultural heritage plays an important role in creating a “sense of place” in Picton and surrounding areas; this sense of place is helping to attract tourism and new investments to our little corner of the world. 

The designation of Picton Main Street as a Heritage Conservation District (HCD) was intended to formally recognize and protect the area as a jewel in the heart of our community.  

There are different components to the HCD Plan, but its primary role is to ensure that heritage buildings, structures and landscapes are not destroyed or majorly altered in a way that diminish their value to the community. The HCD Plan also introduced measures aimed at creating a visually appealing area that will, in turn, help to enhance that distinctive “sense of place.” Given its ability to stimulate commercial activity and economic development, the cultural heritage of Picton Main Street is an asset to our entire community and it is, truly, in the interest of the County as a whole to preserve and enhance the area’s character.

Resources related to the HCD, including the application form and a Frequently Asked Questions document, can be found below. If you have any questions or concerns regarding the HCD, please contact The County’s Planning Division – you can find their information on our Contact Us page.

Heritage Permit Application

The Ontario Heritage Act and County By-law No. 3286-2013 prohibit exterior property changes within the Picton Main Street Heritage Conservation District—including alterations, new construction and demolition—unless a heritage permit application has been approved by Council for changes deemed to be “major” or by Planning Staff for changes deemed to be “minor.” Certain alterations that do not require a permit are listed on the attachment to the form below.

Prior to the submission of an application, the applicant is strongly encouraged to meet with a County Planner to confirm whether the proposed work is major or minor in nature, and to discuss the related application requirements. Prior to the meeting, the applicant should review the Picton Main Street Heritage Conservation District Plan, especially Section 4 Design Guidelines, available in the Plan above.

HCD Plan Background Materials