The downtown area of the Township of Uxbridge is considered a heritage district. All residential and commercial buildings and storefronts must follow the Heritage Impact Assessment and Heritage Conservation Plan Guidelines found within
By-law 2021-019. 

Commercial buildings must also follow heritage sign guidelines. These guidelines enhance the heritage culture of the district and impact:

  • Signage
  • Building exteriors
  • Awnings
  • Patios
  • Fences and landscape features

Downtown heritage district

View a map of our downtown heritage district to see if your business or property falls within the area. If you purchase a business or storefront in this area, you must comply with our guidelines.

Sign guidelines

Signs in the downtown heritage district should use:

  • Traditional materials such as wood, brass or bronze with wrought iron brackets (vinyl and plastic should be avoided)
  • Letter styles should match the era of the building or structure
  • Heritage palette paint colours are preferred
  • A mixture of symbols and letters are encouraged


Storefronts, including upper levels, are important to the historic character of the streetscape. This usually includes large, divided glass windows on street level and rectangular windows on the second floor.

If possible, we encourage that storefronts are restored and maintained rather than replaced. We encourage you to restore your storefront to match the character of our streetscape

Fences, patios and landscapes

The area surrounding a building can also add to the heritage character of the streetscape. Here are some tips to enhance the historic look around your property:

  • Wrought iron fences with ornate finishes reflect handmade historical adornments
  • Combinations of wood, stone and wrought iron represent historic materials
  • Patios are welcomed structures downtown
  • Flower arrangements and landscaping can reflect the heritage of the environment

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