This Program applies to properties listed on the Vernon Heritage Register in order to assist owners with the cost of restoring the exterior, foundations and roof structures of heritage buildings. Applications are accepted throughout the year.
These guidelines are to assist in making improvements to the exterior of eligible residential, commercial, industrial, institutional and agricultural heritage buildings, and are not to be interpreted as bylaw requirements. Guidelines for building rehabilitation and restoration have two objectives:
- Ensuring the long-term stability of the building, in terms of its economic viability, structural improvements and compliance with building codes, when applicable; and
- Restoration and retention of the architectural features which caused the building to be originally approved for financial grant assistance.
Restoration of heritage buildings is sometimes being undertaken with limited archival information available either to design consultants or City staff. Because of this, significant design components of many heritage buildings are often removed or altered inadvertently. Architectural research should, therefore, be an integral part of any proposal to restore or repair a heritage building.