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The City of Brandon offers several programs that promote heritage conservation or inform the public about local heritage.

The Municipal Heritage Incentive Program encourages owners of Municipal Heritage Sites to preserve, restore or rehabilitate buildings or properties that have significant heritage value by providing a property tax exemption.

The Municipal Heritage Site Plaque Program provides a plaque to identify a Municipal Heritage Site in Brandon.

Doors Open Brandon is an annual event allowing the public to view sites that have historical significance. Since 2016, we added functionally significant sites as their functions have historical significance.

There are links to other programs administered by others such as the Government of Manitoba.

On this page, you can find all forms related to Brandon heritage, along with links to information related to those forms.

For other forms related to City of Brandon approval of work on buildings or sites, such as a building permit, visit the City of Brandon Planning, Property & Buildings Department webpage.

The Manitoba Historic Resources Branch has a brochure that provides information to help you answer this question.

In short, Municipal heritage designation means:


The site is legally recognized for having historic significance in the community through architecture, a person associated with the site or an event associated with the site


Particular features and qualities of a site are protected, for the site’s importance and meaning to the community would be lost if those features and qualities are damaged or destroyed. In Brandon, designation often involves exterior features only. On rare occasions are interior features included in a designation


The City of Brandon acknowledges the importance of the site and commits to recognize and protect it, such as through our municipal heritage permits and plaque program. The owner of the site commits to protect and maintain the site for future generations of our community. This is a long-term commitment for everyone.


Before nominating a site for municipal heritage designation, consider the:

  1. Condition of the site (e.g. does it maintain its original character? What maintenance and major repairs are necessary?)
  2. Human resources to manage and maintain the site
  3. Financial viability of maintaining a designated site (e.g. financial plan for maintenance and repairs, funding opportunities)


Designation involves more protection, but it also comes with several benefits.



What makes a building or site historically significant? The Manitoba Historic Resources Branch advises that historical significance can be determined in four areas:

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Municipal heritage designation involves additional protection of a site, building or structure, such as the requirement of a municipal heritage permit before doing work on a character defining element, but there are benefits to designation.

  • Access to heritage financial incentives
  • Maintaining the original character of a heritage site can be more expensive than maintaining an ordinary building with contemporary materials due to the unique materials and labour force required. The City of Brandon and Manitoba Historic Resources Branch have incentive programs to help offset the premium costs of heritage conservation.
  • Positive effects on property values
  • Research across Canada showed that designated heritage buildings tend to appreciate in value and perform better on the real estate market compared to undesignated buildings. One possible reason is that people consider heritage designation a premium feature. Well-maintained heritage sites tend to be more attractive and so better keep property values. This in turn encourages maintenance and livability of surrounding properties.
  • Opportunities for public recognition
  • All Municipal Heritage Sites in Brandon qualify for a designation plaque. Visit this page for more information or if your Municipal Heritage Site does not have a plaque.


Designation does not mean

  • Increased insurance premiums
  • Municipal designation should not cause your insurance premiums to increase. Insurance premiums depend more on other factors such as features or components that make a building safer or dangerous. Most Municipal Heritage Sites in Brandon do not include interior features under the designations, meaning you can do interior improvements to make your building safer, such as upgrading fire alarm systems.
  • You must open your property or site to the public
  • Participation in the annual Doors Open Brandon event is voluntary. Designation legally protects a property as a historically significant site but does not require the property to be publicly accessible. Some Municipal Heritage Sites may accessible publicly due to the uses established on them, such as museums or businesses serving walk-in customers.
  • You cannot modify a building or structure without a municipal heritage permit
  • If you propose to modify a character-defining element of a building, structure, or site as identified in the Municipal Heritage Site’s designation, a municipal heritage permit is required to ensure the proposal does not detrimentally affect the heritage character of the building, structure, or site. Where only exterior features, such as windows and roofs, are protected, interior renovations do not require municipal heritage permits. Be aware that some modifications or renovations may still require other City of Brandon approvals, such as a building permit.



Do you have any stories or comments to share about a heritage property in the City of Brandon? Contact us online.