Permit and Planning Fee Schedule - NVCA

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We are currently experiencing a high number of applications and inquiries at this time. Please anticipate delays in processing and response times. We are actively reviewing the resources needed to improve our customer service. Thank you for your patience.

​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.

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 December 10, 2021

Contact us before you apply! ​​

If any part of your property is regulated, submit an online property inquiry form to tell 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.​​

​Current Permit and Planning Fees

Official Plans and Zonings

Official Plans and Secondary Pl​ans
General Levy
Comprehensive Zoning By-law
General Levy
Site Specific Official Plan and Zoning By-Law Amendments$520
Additional fee for technical study review$780

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)$104,000
Lot/Unit fee and Net hectare fee$3,425 per hectare
Design Resubmission surcharge for subdivisions and residential/mixed use site plans

3rd Submission - 25% of original fee (maximum charge of $13,000)

4th and subsequent submissions – 50% of original fee (maximum fee of $13,000)

Redline Revisions

Minor (Design Change) 25% of original fee (maximum fee of $13,500)

Major (Change to Limits of Development) 75% of original fee (not to exceed maximum fee $104,000)

Site Plans

Letter of Approval

(no technical review or site inspection required)

Minor: Site Plan Area less than 2 ha$1,560
Intermediate: Site Plan Area more than 2 ha, less than 4 ha$5,710
Major: Site Plan Area more than 4 ha (Additional $1,250/ha fee charge for sites over 10 ha.)$14,005
Site Plan: Residential (multi-unit and/or mixed use)Use Residential Subdivision Fees
Design Resubmission surcharge for non- residential site plans

3rd Submission - 25% of original fee​

4th and subsequent submissions – 50% of original fee

Golf Courses

New Golf Courses

Aggregate Proposals

Minimum fee for Below Water Table
Maximum fee for Below Water Table$104,000
Net hectare fee for Below Water Table$1,325/ha
Above water table proposals or expanded extraction within a licensed area$13,000


Base Fee
Additional fee for technical study review (e.g., Stormwater Management Report or Environmental Impact Study)$520

Letter of approval
​(no technical review or site inspection required)


Minor Variances

Base Fee
Additional fee for technical study review
​(e.g., \Stormwater Management Report​ or Environmental Impact Study​)
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$520

Letter of approval
​(no technical review or site inspection required)​


Conservation Authorities Act

Letter of Approval (site inspection not required)$100
Permit Application Minor Works$250
Permit Application Intermediate Works$550
Permit Application Major Works$1,560
Permit Application Major Works – complex$3,120
Agricultural Permit Applications (separated in 2016) 
Letter of Approval (site inspection not required)$100
Minor works or works located in regulated adjacent lands$250
​Works located within flood and/or erosion hazard$550
Unauthorized works2 X permit fee
Permit application large fill projects: 250 – 1,000 m3 (​Permit application for large fill projects - See procedural guidelines for more detail.) $520 plus $0.80/m3
Permit application large fill projects: more than 1000 m3$1,560 plus $0.80/m3
Permit – amendment50% of original fee
Additional fee for significant technical reviewVaries​


Legal/Real Estate Inquiries
Legal/Consultant Peer Review Costs (charged on the basis of cost recovery)Varies
Provision of Individual Property Information$75
Pre-consultations Fee

$550 (without site visit)

$1,560 (analysis by one planner and one technical discipline)

$3,120 (analysis by one planner

and more than one technical


Costs for Mapping/GIS Requests

Fee per map​

Pre-made NVCA General Maps (8.5x11 or 11x17 Color)
Comprehensive Mapping Request (minimum fee)$2,000

Custom Made Maps (data processing fee + printing costs)​

8.5x11 or 11x17$10
Add Ortho Imagery to a 17 X 22 or larger mapAdd $10​


Digital Maps​​

Data Processing Fee -The fee for data preparation will be based on an hourly administration cost of the GIS Department's time for compiling and processing the requested information.Varies​


Digital Ortho Imagery$75 per tile

Packaged GIS D​atasets

Price will vary depending on level of complexity of the data and the time put into processing i.e., Generic Regulation Mappin​g




Fee Schedule Notes:​

  1. The maximum review fee for plans of subdivision/condominium is $104,000.
  2. Plans of subdivision/condominium fees may be phased as outlined in NVCA's policy for charging fees if the total fee meets the minimum threshold of $50,000.00.
  3. NVCA reserves the right to not allow the phasing of fees for development subject to a Minister's Zoning Order (MZO) issued by the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing.
  4. When processing and reviewing consolidated planning applications (e.g. Official Plan Amendment/Zoning By-law Amendment/Subdivisions), the higher fee is applicable (including MZOs).
  5. Plans of subdivision/condominium and site plan fees include permitting fees under NVCA's Development, Interference with Wetlands and Alteration to Shorelines and Watercourses Regulation, Ontario Regulation 172/06.
  6. Notwithstanding note # 5, permit issuance for works occurring two years after the date of the last NVCA comments on a file will be subject to the relevant permit fee for the scale of the works.
  7. 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).
  8. 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.
  9. The applicant will be responsible for any external peer review costs necessary to review submitted technical submissions.
  10. 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.
  11. Permit approval will not be required from NVCA for certain small-scale projects as outlined in NVCA's Policy for Charging Fees.
  12. Please see NVCA’s Policy for Charging Fees for further an explanation of the minor, intermediate and major permit fee categories, as well as other matters (e.g., fee exemptions, appeal process, etc.). This document is available at under Planning & Permits – Policies & Guidelines.