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​NVCA Fee Policy

Conservation authorities are permitted to charge fees for a program or service that is included in the Minister’s list of classes of programs and services. Below is a a summary of NVCA's fee policy and fee schedule for all chargeable programs and services​​.

Policy Review and Public Notification​​

This policy shall be evaluated from time to time for its effectiveness and fairness. The public shall be notified of any changes or amendments to the policy through posting on the NVCA website and/or Board of Director's meeting process. This policy, as a minimum, will be reviewed once annually to include a review of the cost of living adjustment.

NVCA may consult stakeholders/partners, as appropriate, for various fee changes for the programs and services that it provides. NVCA also considers the fees of other CAs that offering the same level of service and technical advice; the fees set by neighbouring CAs; and fees charged by member municipalities and local agencies.​


The attached fee schedules are based on the user-pay principle. The fees and revenues generated are designed to recover the costs associated with administering and delivering the services on a program basis in accordance with the Minister's policy.

Program costs include (but not limited to): staff salaries; equipment and supplies; overhead costs associated with office use; legal expenses; compliance costs; vehicle operating costs; allocation of assets to deliver services; and a reasonable charge to cover administration of the program.

Fees have been rounded up or down to the nearest dollar when applicable.​​


Refunds for various fees are identified in the individual program sections of this policy document. In general, no refunds will be provided for services after NVCA has initiated the work, including planning review, permit processing, parking or facility rental after use of the service, except when request for reconsideration has been submitted and approved.

Download the full NVCA Fee Policy and Fee Schedule Here

NVCA Planning Services Fee Sch​edule​

Appendix​​​ A: NVCA Planning Services Fee Schedule​

Official Plans and Zonings Fee
Official Plans and Secondary PlansGeneral Levy
Comprehensive Zoning By-lawGeneral Levy
Site Specific Official Plan and Zoning
By-Law Amendments
Additional fee for technical study review $796
Letter of approval
(no technical review or site inspection required)

Plan of Subdivision/Condominium (Residential, Commercial and Industrial) Fee
Minimum Fee$13,260
Maximum Fee (See Note 1)
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 $13,260)


4th and subsequent submissions – 50% of original fee (maximum fee of $13,260)

Redline Revisions

Minor (Design Change) 25% of original fee (maximum fee of $ $13,770)


Major (Change to Limits of

Development) 75% of original fee (not to exceed maximum fee $106,080)

Site Plans Fee
Letter of Approval
(no technical review or site inspection required)
Minor: Site Plan Area less than 2 ha$1,591
Intermediate: Site Plan Area more than 2 ha,
less than 4 ha
Major: Site Plan Area more than 4 ha (Additional $1,250/ha fee charge for sites over 10 ha.)$14,285
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 Fee
New Golf Courses $15,912

Aggregate Proposals Fee
Minimum fee for Below Water Table$13,260
Maximum fee for Below Water Table$106,080
Net hectare fee for Below Water Table1352/ha
Above water table proposals or expanded extraction within a licensed area$13,260

Consents Fee
Base Fee$321
Additional fee for technical study review
(e.g., SWM Report or EIS)
Letter of approval
(no technical review or site inspection required)

Minor Variances Fee
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 Fee
Base Fee$321
Additional fee for technical study review, for example EIS$530
Letter of approval
(no technical review or site inspection required)

Conservation Authorities Act Fee
Letter of Approval (site inspection not required) $102
Permit Application Minor Works$255
Permit Application Intermediate Works$561
Permit Application Major Works$1,591
Permit Application Major Works – complex$3,182
Agricultural Permit Applications (separated in 2016) 
Letter of Approval (site inspection not required)$102
Minor works or works located in regulated adjacent lands$255
Works located within flood and/or erosion hazard$561
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.)
plus $0.82/m3
Permit application large fill projects: more than
1000 m3
$1,591 plus $0.82/m3
Permit – amendment50% of original fee
Additional fee for significant technical review Varies

Other Fee
Legal/Real Estate Inquiries$214
Legal/Consultant Peer Review Costs
(charged on the basis of cost recovery)
Provision of Individual Property Information$77
Pre-consultations Fee

$561 (without site visit)

$1,591 (analysis by one planner and one technical discipline)

$3,182 (analysis by one Planner and more than one technical discipline)


Fee Sched​ule 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. OPA/ZBA/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 www.nvca.on.ca under Planning & Permits – Policies & Guidelines.


ATTACHMENT - Costs for Mapping/GIS Requests Fee per Map Fee
Pre-made NVCA General Maps
(8.5x11 or 11x17 Color)
Comprehensive Mapping Request (minimum fee)$2,040
Custom Made Maps (data processing fee + printing costs) Fee
8.5x11 or 11x17$10
Add Ortho Imagery to a 17 X 22 or larger mapAdd $10
Digital Maps Fee
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
Products Fee
Digital Ortho Imagery$77 per tile
Packaged GIS Datasets Fee
Price will vary depending on level of complexity of the data and the time put into processing i.e., Generic Regulation Mapping $2000Varies

Appendix B: ​Planning Glossary of Terms

CALC: Conservation Authorities Liaison Committee

CALC Report: MNRF's May 2010 report, “Policies and Procedures for Conservation Authority Plan Review and Permitting Activities"

EIS: Environmental Impact Study. A study of the environmental affects, both positive and negative, of a proposed development.

GIS: Geographic Information System. An integrated collection of computer software and data used to view and manage information about geographic places, analyze spatial relationships, and model spatial processes. (esri GIS Dictionary)

MNRF: Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (Ontario).

Mixed Use Development: A development that blends residential, commercial, cultural, institutional or entertainment uses into one physically connected space.

MZO: Minister's Zoning Order.

Net Hectare Area: 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).

NVCA: Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority

OPA: Official Plan Amendment

PEAC: Planning and Engineering Advisory Committee. The committee is comprised of the Board of Directors and Staff tasked in 2015 -2016 to review NVCA's Planning Services review fees.

SWM Report: Stormwater Management Report. An engineering study looking at the management (e.g., ponds, low impact development, etc.) of stormwater run-off with respect to a proposed development.

ZBA: Zoning By-law Amendment 

Appen​dix C: Conservation Lands Fee Schedules

Day/Seasonal Use Fees Fee
Day Use Permit (per vehicle)$10/vehicle
Seasonal Day Use $71/vehicle
Hunting - Watershed Resident (annual)$71/person
Hunting – Non-Watershed Resident (annual)$122/person
First Hunt Stand Permit$0
Second Hunt Stand Permit$20
Fishing (annual)$51/person
Events Fee
Festival at Fort Willow (individual) $10
Festival at Fort Willow (family: 2 adults, 2 children) $36
Rentals Fee
Group Camping (Tiffin)$10/person (min $204)
Weddings (peak season)$6,120
Weddings (off-peak)$5,228
Single Day (evening event)$2,295
Single Day (day time)Varies ($510-$1,020)
Pavilion rentals$204
Day Rental (south lab)$102
Day Rental (outdoor classroom)$102
Cabin $204
Fort Willow Wedding Ceremony$510
Fort Willow Pavilion Rental$102
Rescheduling fee10%
Photography Permit (annual pass)$153
Photography Permit (special events)$153
Photography Permit (single family)$51
Photography Permit (daily session)$102
 Products Fee
Maple SyrupVaries ($3.60-$26.00)

Note: HST is charged on Conservation Lands fees.

Appendix​ D: Environmental Education Fee Schedules

Education Fees Fee
Full Day (onsite)$16/student ($337 min)
Full Day (outreach)$12/student ($245 min)
Half Day (onsite)$11/student ($219 min)
Half Day (outreach)Varies: $8-$17/student ($337-$505 min)
Specialist High Skills Major - Full Day$51/student ($765 min)
Specialist High Skills Major - Half Day$31/student ($459 min)
Specialist High Skills Major – 1.5 days$72/student ($1,071 min)
Events Fee
Birthday Parties Varies ($235 - $347)

Birthday Party add-ons:

extra time (extra participant)

$107 ($10)
Public Outreach - Full Day (outreach)Varies ($408-$765)
Public Outreach - Half Day (outreach)Varies ($255-$459)
Nature School Fee
Half Day - 6 week program$255
Full Day - 6 week program$132
Camp Fee
PD Day Camp$46/day
Camp Tiffin$219
Extended Care
Other Fee
Borrow an Outdoor Educator (1.5hrs/14 ppl)$158
3 pack - Half Day $38.00
3 pack - Full Day $56
​ ​

Appendix​ E: For​estry Fee Schedules​

Managed Forest Tax Incentive Program (MFTIP) Fee
Plans and CertificationVaries ($510-2550)
Arbour Day Fee
Tree Sales$31 (bundle of 10 seedlings)
Tree Planting Fee
Planting and site preparation$0.31-1.53/tree

Note: HST is charged on Forestry fees.

Appendix F: Admi​​nistrative Fees​

 Finance Fee
NSF Cheques$40
 Corporate Services Fee
Freedom of Information Request*$5
Information Management - Mapping/GIS Requests See attachment to Planning and Permitting fees
 General Fee
Contracts for special projects by any program 2 times job rate (where applicable)

Note: Other administrative changes may apply as outlined in the Access Guide: Fees, Fee Estimates and Fee Waivers (Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario, June 2018).​