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NVCA staff are pleased to meet with you to discuss any work you have planned. To discuss your proposal, please start by completing our online property inquiry form. You can also email​ with your specific questions.

NVCA also offers walk in service for residents to speak to our regulations staff about your property. We recommend coming in on Tuesdays and Thursdays, as our regulations staff has blocked off time to answer all your questions about the NVCA permit process.

During your meeting, staff will review our mapping to see if your property is regulated by NVCA, and whether or not a permit is required from the authority. NVCA encourages pre-consultation prior to making any permit applications.

How t​o apply for a permit?

  1. Determine if permits are required for your property.
  2. Check to see if you are in a regulated area by using NVCA’s Interactive Data Viewer​.

    Not sure if your property is regulated? Tell us about your project by submitting an online property inquiry and someone will contact you within 2 business days. 

    ​If ​any part of your property is regulated, submit an online property inquiry form to tel​l us a bit about your plans. We will review your property and your proposed plan, and may also ask you to submit additional information. We may also request an appointment with you to discuss your plans, by phone or in-person.

  3. Gather all the necessary information.​
    1. Applicant information.
    2. Location Map showing the nearest intersection.
    3. Site Plan Drawing - Show existing and proposed works; property boundaries; street name(s); north arrow; and features of the site, such as buildings and structures, tree lines, streams, wetlands, wet areas, springs, ditches, culverts, and elevation contours (existing and proposed grades). Include measurements and dimensions with consistent units (meters or feet). Show how much vegetation or tree cover is to be removed and where fill is to be located.
    4. Digital photo(s) of the proposed work location (taken with a phone or camera).
    5. Zoning Certificate/Approval from local municipality.
    6. Niagara Escarpment Commission (NEC) Notice of Decision (if applicable).
    7. Authorization Form (if applicant/agent is not the owner; see page 6 of Permit Application Form).
    8. You may be required to submit additional information. For a complete list of information, please refer to page 5 of the Permit Application Form.​

  4. Submit a signed application form and pay your fees
    1. Different types of projects are associated with different fees. For a full list of fees, please refer to the Permit and Planning Fee Schedule.
    2. If you are submitting the Permit Application Form via email:​
      • Send your application to:
      • Emails larger than 5MB cannot be accepted. If you are sending large files, please email the documents individually.
      • Payment may be made by credit card by contacting the NVCA front desk at 705-424-1479.​
    3. If you are submitting the Permit Application Form by mail:
      Mail your application to:
      NVCA, 8195 8th Line,
      Utopia ON, L0M 1T0

      Include all materials in package
      Cheques should be made payable to Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority

  5. What's next?
    1. You will receive a confirmation that your application has been received within a few business days of submission.
    2. NVCA’s Regulations Staff strive to review your application within 21 days. If your application is not complete, NVCA will inform you which information is missing. After the outstanding information has been submitted, NVCA’s Regulations Staff will strive to review your information within another 21 days.
    3. After a complete application has been received, NVCA policy and technical staff will review the submitted material and inform you if a permit can be issued. 
    4. It usually takes 30 days for minor applications and 90 days for major applications. To expedite the process and avoid multiple revisions and submissions, applicants have the option to book a pre-consultation meeting with our staff to discuss the project, prior to submitting an application.​

    Applicants can also contact NVCA’s Regulations Staff for updates regarding the status of applications by emailing

  6. ​​Permits from other organizations

    ​Most projects that require a permit from NVCA will also require a permit from your local municipality. Depending on location and project type, you may also require permits from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF), Ministry of the Environment, Climate Change and Parks (MECP), and Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO).​

  7. Permit Amendments

    NVCA permits are valid for 2 years. If your project is not complete when your permit expires, you must apply for a new permit.

    Permits can be amended by obtaining a permit amendment through the NVCA. Amendments can only be made once per application. The amended permi​t is valid through the original permit approval date.

    The following items must be included to qualify for a permit amendment:

    • A new permit application form.
    • The plans and documents detailing the work being amended.
    • Note that property ownership must be the same as per the previously approved permit.
    • ​Digital photo(s) taken with a phone or camera showing the current conditions of the development location.
    • Permit amendment fee (see fee schedule). Payment can be made over the phone by calling our front desk staff at 705-424-1479 with credit card, in person with credit card, cheque, debit or cash, or by mail with a cheque. Please ensure your application form is submitted prior to or at the same time as making a payment.​