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​​​Although our offices have reopened, we are 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 call 705-424-1479 to schedule an appointment.

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

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Do I need a Permit?

Depending on the location and the type of project you are planning to do, you may need a permit from the NVCA. There are two steps to determine if you need a permit: 

1. ​Check to see if you're regulated

Check to see if you are in a regulated area by using NVCA's Interactive Property Map tool​

​Not sure if your property is regulated? Submit an online property inquiry or call NVCA's regulations staff at 705-424-1479.

2. Tell us about your project

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.​​

In general, activities and projects that require an NVCA permit if located within our regulated area include:

  • constructing, reconstructing, erecting or placing of a building or structure of any kind;
  • any changes that alter the use, or potential use, of a building or structure;
  • increasing the size of a building or structure, or increasing the number of dwelling units in the building or structure;
  • site grading;
  • temporarily or permanently placing, dumping or removing of any material originating on the site or elsewhere;
  • straightening, changing, diverting or interfering with the existing channel of a river, creek, stream or watercourse; or
  • changing or interfering with a wetland.​

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You may need a permit for activities such as building, construction, changing the existing grade, adding or removing material if the project is in or near:
  • rivers and streams
  • wetlands
  • slopes
  • lakes and ponds
  • the Georgian Bay shore
If your project is in an area of interest to the NVCA, you may need approval for your project under the Planning Act for:
  • a severance
  • creation of a building lot
  • a minor variance
  • a zoning change
  • a condominium application
  • site plan approval
  • a plan of subdivision
  • other Planning Act matters
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