2016-17 Heritage Property Program

Below is an overview of the incentives offered by the Province of Nova Scotia to eligible owners of properties registered under the Heritage Property Act.  To better serve heritage stakeholders, guidelines and application forms for the 2016-17 Heritage Grants under the Heritage Development Fund (Built Heritage) are now available.

Conservation Advice and Conservation Work Grants

Owners of a registered municipal heritage property (including those located within an approved municipal heritage conservation district) may apply for a conservation advice grant to support 50% of the costs to prepare the conservation advice report to a maximum of $3,000. 

Only owners of a registered municipal heritage property (including those located within an approved municipal heritage conservation district) used as places of worship or for a registered not-for-profit association, may apply for a conservation work grant to support 50% of the eligible conservation work costs to a maximum of $7,500 every two years.

Tax Rebate

In addition to the grants described above, Service Nova Scotia will continue to offer a Provincial Tax Rebate (under the Sales Tax Act).  This program provides heritage property owners a full rebate of the provincial sales tax paid for eligible materials used for the repair, improvement or restoration of the exterior of a heritage property.

Property owners are responsible to ensure that all necessary documents are provided with each tax rebate application, such as a copy of a building permit (if one was required).  An overview of this rebate program, including the application form, can be found here.  

To better support tax rebate applications made by a municipal heritage property owner, if you are making an application, please contact Francine Sullivan, Heritage Coordinator for the Municipality of Yarmouth to complete the Sales Tax Rebate Application form.  This will ensure submissions made under this rebate program are for conservation work approved by the municipality in accordance with its heritage bylaw.  Property owners are responsible to submit copies of any necessary building permits or Notice of Registration documents.

If you have any questions or if you would like to be added to an email distribution list, please contact Francine Sullivan, Heritage Coordinator at 902-742-9691.