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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 inquiryform. 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.

​Planning & Permits

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The NVCA has the responsibility to regulate activities in natural and hazardous areas in order to avoid the loss of life and damage to property due to flooding and erosion, and conserve and enhance natural resources.

Flooding and erosion are recurring problems in areas of the Nottawasaga Valley watershed

Imagine a significant flood event. Fast flowing and high water levels flood homes, erode stream banks and shorelines, and make roads impassable.

NVCA guards against the risk​s posed by flooding, erosion and other natural hazards by regulating development in the watershed. We do this by administering a regulation made under Section 28 of the Conservation Authorities Act known as the Development, Interference with Wetlands and Alterations to Shorelines and Watercourses Regulation (Ont. Reg. 172/06).

Under this regulation, NVCA ensures that development proposals take into consideration natural features like floodplains, steep slopes, wetlands, rivers and lakes in order to:

  1. Prevent injuries and loss of life;
  2. Minimize property damage and restoration costs;
  3. Protect adjacent and downstream properties against harm caused by upstream development;
  4. Reduce the costs, both public and private, of emergency operations and evacuations;
  5. Minimize the hazards associated with development in floodplains and areas that are susceptible to erosion, which in future years may require expensive protective measures; and
  6. Protect the natural benefits offered by wetlands, watercourses and shorelines.

​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).

Here are some links to help you navigate through the permitting and planning process:

Here is some information on NVCA's policies and procedures regarding the permitting and planning process

If you are unsure what you need, please email​