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Buildings At Risk

Intentional Loss

Only the Red (Federal) and Blue (Provincial) entries provide somewhat complex legal protection.


Being on the listing of the Grand répertoire du patrimoine bâti Montréal doesn't give a legal protection but if there is a legal protection, it will be mentioned. Other recognitions such as the Patrimoine architectural de Montreal Emeritus Awards or having historical plaques installed provide no legal protection but they do provide valuable input for municipalities that have a by-law for granting a demolition permit.

Similarly, the designations, listings and awards given by the city of Beaconsfield or other organizations are just some of the considerations made when the Demolition committee meets through the normal 30 day permit process. Failure to obtain a permit may result in a fine.


Citing is a process by which the City puts a special status on a house. There are legal conditions that come with this status: no demolition and keeping the outside look intact are only some of the conditions. The City can add more conditions specifically for one citation. It is not the owner who cites the house, it is the City. It could be done at the request of anyone, especially the owner but the final decision is in the hands of the City Council.

Here is the link to the explanation of citation that is defined by a law at the provincial level:

There is a form to be filled out and sent to the Ministère de la culture to be included in the Registre du patrimoine culturel:


Other Risks

Since most houses are residential homes, only normal fire protection applies. Special fire protection considerations could be considered. Examples: Central connected smoke detectors, low temperature electric central heating, strict no smoking policy practice, avoiding use of wood burning fireplaces or stoves, banning open flames, automatic water sprinkler or Halon gas fire suppression systems, etc.

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