The reconstruction and/or demolition of Heritage buildings in the Goderich downtown core is subject to special rules.
Heritage Committee Chair Kevin Morrison says Council has done its best to streamline the process, but that other levels of government are involved once a building has a Heritage designation.
The "Heritage Precinct" of Goderich is defined as bordered by Nelson, Elgin, Waterloo and Victoria Streets.
An Architect's Report must accompany most permit applications, including any Notice of Intention to Demolish any "listed" property or any designated Part Four or Part Five heritage building.
The Architect's report has to cover eight factors, including a summary of the building's significance and the estimated cost of repairs.
The report itself will be reviewed by a certified Heritage Professional.
If your building is classed as Part Four (and you know who you are) and you wish to alter or repair it, you can get away with filling out a Heritage Questionnaire.
To speed things along, Council has authorized the Heritage Committee to hire an outside Heritage Advisor to make further recommendations.