A heritage building owner in Harbour Grace says the town is tying up her plans to open the last-of-its-kind building in red tape.

Rhonda Parsons wants to offer public tours of the Ridley Offices, but she's having a tough time getting a permit.

The two-storey stone structure was built around 1838 by fishing and sealing merchant Thomas Ridley. It's the last merchant building left on the beach in Harbour Grace.

Ridley Offices sign in Harbour Grace

The Ridley Offices structure was built in 1838 by merchant Thomas Ridley. (CBC)

"I think it's not just about, you know, restoring a structure. I think it's about community. I think it's about building community, environment, culture, education," Parsons said.

"I feel a little bullied in a way. So I feel that there's been a lot of stalling and unfortunately the season's over now. So, I'm hopeful, though. I'm hopeful that maybe next year, you know, that things will change,"

However, Harbour Grace Mayor Terry Barnes said nobody is trying to prevent Parsons from opening the building to the public. He said there may be safety concerns since the building is located in an industrial area

"Right now, before we could issue a permit for Mrs. Parsons to operate, we got it gone off to our solicitors. Because it's a big industrial area," he said.

Barnes said the town's lawyers are still looking over the proposal.

The council's housing committee is scheduled to have another look at the issue on Sept 2.