Permit and Planning Fee Schedule - NVCA

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NVCA is currently not offering walk-in services for permit consultations. We ask that you not come to the office to inquire about your permit application without an appointment.​

To talk to one of our Regulations Technicians in person about permit applications, please email​ to schedule an appointment.

Click here for information about submitting permit and planning ​applications during COVID-19.​

Permit and Planning Fee Schedule ​

​Fees for planning and development related services under Section 21 (m.1) of the Conservation Authorities Act, as approved by the NVCA Board of Directors, effective March 18, 2016

Contact us before you apply!​ Before you submit an application, email NVCA planning staff at​ for a free consultation on your proposal. NVCA staff will go over your proposed plan, help you understand the timeline for application and review, and provide you with application pricing.

Revision of Permit and Planning fees

NVCA staff developed a draft fee schedule addressing cost of living ​along with identified gaps. Key gaps include multiple resubmissions on large scale developments and pre-consultations. In developing the draft fees, NVCA staff considered other Conservation Authorities fee approach.

The draft fees were circulated  in May 2021 and based on received comments, the proposed fees were updated. The attached tables outline the proposed changes to the 2016 fees and include:

  • An aggregate 2020/2021 cost of living change to current fees.
  • A design resubmission surcharge for site plans, subdivisions related to 3rd submission and subsequent submissions.
  • Redline revision fees for site plans and subdivisions that include minor and major categories.
  • ​Updated pre-consultation fees.
  • Enhancement of the notes and glossary section to assist in providing clarity on fee implementation. 

The proposed fee schedule can be reviewed here.​​ Please provide any comments to​ by November 22, 2021.

Current Permit and Planning Fees

Official Plans and Zonings

​​Official Plans and Secondary Plans
​General Levy
​Comprehensive Zoning By-law
​​General Levy
​Site Specific Official Plan and Zoning By-Law Amendments
​Additional fee for technical study review
​Letter of approval
(no technical review or site inspection required)

Plan of Subdivision/Condominium

(Residential, Commercial and Industrial)
​​Minimum Fee
​Maximum Fee (See Note 1)
​Lot/Unit fee and Net hectare fee
​$3,300 per hectare

Site Plans

​​Letter of Approval
(no technical review or site inspection required)
​Minor: Site Plan Area less than 2 ha
​Intermediate: Site Plan Area more than 2 ha, less than 4 ha​$5,500
​Major: Site Plan Area more than 4 ha (Additional 1250/ha fee charge for sites over 10 ha.)
​Site Plan: Residential (multi-unit)
​Use Residential Subdivision Fees​

Golf Courses

​​New Golf Courses 

Aggregate Proposals

​Minimum fee for Below Water Table
​Maximum fee for Below Water Table
​Net hectare fee for Below Water Table
​Above water table proposals or expanded extraction within a licensed area


​​Base Fee
​Additional fee for technical study review
(e.g., SWM Report or EIS)
​Letter of approval
(no technical review or site inspection required)

Minor Variances

​​​Base Fee
​Additional fee for technical study review
(e.g., SWM Report or EIS)
​Letter of approval
(no technical review or site inspection required)

Niagara Escarpment Commission Applications

Base Fee
​Additional fee for technical study review, for example EIS
​Letter of approval
(no technical review or site inspection required)

Conservation Authorities Act

​​Letter of Approval (site inspection not required)
​Permit Application Minor Works
​Permit Application Intermediate Works
​Permit Application Major Works
​Permit Application Major Works – complex
Agricultural Permit Applications (separated in 2016)​

​​​​​​Letter of Approval (site inspection not require​d)
​Minor works or works located in regulated adjacent lands​
​Works located within flood and/or erosion hazard​
Unauthorized works
​2 X permit fee
​Permit application large fill projects: 250 – 1,000 m3
(Permit application for large fill projects - See procedural
guidelines for more detail.)
plus $0.80/m3
​Permit application large fill projects: more than
1000 m3
​$1,500 plus $0.80/m3
​Permit – amendment​
​Additional fee for significant technical review 


​​​Legal/Real Estate Inquiries
​Comprehensive Mapping Request (minimum fee)
​Legal/Consultant Peer Review Costs (charged on the basis of cost recovery) 
​Provision of Individual Property Information
​Development Pre-consultations requiring technical study
review (minimum fee)

  1. The maximum review fee for plans of subdivision/condominium is $100,000.
  2. Plans of subdivision/condominium fees for will be phased as outlined in NVCA’s Policy for Charging Fees.
  3. When processing and reviewing consolidated planning applications (e.g., OPA/ZBA/ Subdivisions) the higher fee would be applied.
  4. Plans of subdivision/condominium and site plan fees include permitting fees under the NVCA’s Development, Interference with Wetlands and Alteration to Shorelines and Watercourses Regulation, Ontario Regulation 172/06.
  5. A net hectare refers to the total area of land available for development. It excludes lands outside of the  development limit (e.g., natural hazard, natural heritage areas and buffers).
  6. NVCA reserves the right to reassess the review fee after 5 years of receipt of the application based on timing and receipt of technical information.
  7. The applicant will be responsible for any external peer review costs necessary to review submitted technical submissions.
  8. Alterations or expansions to existing golf courses not requiring Planning Act approvals and within a regulated area will be addressed through the Conservation Authorities Act approval fees.​​​