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​​​As the situation with COVID-19 evolves, the NVCA is committed to providing uninterrupted service to our residents, businesses and other partners while ensuring the safety of our staff, visitors and the community.

Our Regulations and Planning staff are currently working from home and promoting physical distancing in every aspect of our work. We are still reviewing and processing applications, and investigating non-compliance matters.

Here is what you can expect from our Regulations and Planning Services team during this time:

Digital access

The NVCA is committed to high quality client service through email, video conference and phone. To ensure timely and efficient responses, submissions must be made digitally for new and existing files.

There continues to be several methods of payment. For more information, please consult with your file contact.

Please help us serve you better by ensuring submissions are complete, on time and digital.

How you can contact us

For permit related inquiries, including real estate inquiries, please fill out the online Property Inquiry Form and you will receive a response within 48 hours. To inquire about your current permit application, or for immediate assistance, please call our administration office at 705-424-1479 x 221​​ or email

For planning related inquires and new planning applications, please email​.


As always, NVCA staff will continue to communicate with you on the status of our review and your application. We will also keep you up to date of any service changes, or when our office will reopen to the public.

​Thank you for your patience as we follow the recommendations for from health officials during the COVID-19 pandemic.​

​Planning & Permits

Crane and Work in Stream.jpgThe NVCA has the responsibility to regulate activities in natural and hazardous areas in order to:

  • prevent the loss of life and property due to flooding and erosion, and
  • conserve and enhance natural resources.

This is done through the application of regulations affecting areas in and near rivers streams, floodplains, wetlands, slopes and the Georgian Bay shoreline.

The NVCA also works with municipalities to review development applications under the Ontario Planning Act to ensure they meet local and provincial environmental standards.

If you are planning a project you may need a NVCA permit, approval under the Planning Act or both. 

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

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

​Special note regarding the Department of Fisheries and Oceans: Some projects may also require the approval of DFO under the Fisheries Act and the Species at Risk Act. To learn more, visit the DFO website.

If you are unsure what you need, contact the NVCA at (705) 424-1479 for details.

Permit & Regulation Information

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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