The Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority

Planning & Permits

If your property is on or near a watercourse, river, stream, pond, wetland, steep slope, floodplain or the Georgian Bay shoreline, you may need a permit from NVCA before you start your work.

We are happy to work with you to see if your property is in our regulated area, and how this affects your project.

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.

How Long Will It Take?

As a general rule, the earlier you submit the supporting documents for your application, the quicker we can process on your application.

To avoid delays, please ensure all required information is included in your application.

We will review your application within 21 days, and let you know if your application is complete, or if there is missing information.

Every project is unique and the time and review process for your application can vary depending on your plans and property. In all cases, we strive to meet the provincial standards for conservation authority permit reviews.

It can take up to 90 days to review a complete application.

Am I Regulated?

Starting on April 1, 2024, NVCA will follow a new regulation under the Conservation Authorities Act to review permit applications.

Under the new regulation, the regulated area around wetlands will be 30 m, including provincially significant wetlands. This change will be reflected in NVCA’s regulated mapping shortly. In the interim, NVCA will follow the text in the regulation.

Please contact the Planning team for more information.

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.​


​The cost of a permit varies depending on the type of project you’re doing and how complicated it is. For more information, check out our ​Permit Fees page.

You can also find these fees summarized in our Permit and Planning Fee Schedule.​

Low Impact Development

Low Impact Development (LID) is an innovative approach to stormwater management that minimizes the environmental impact of urbanization.

LIDs mimics the natural processes that allowing rainwater and runoff to be absorbed into the ground. This approach helps ease the stresses that development puts on water resources, ecosystems, and overall environmental quality, including reducing pollution in our waterways and mitigating flood risk.

There are several ways LIDs can be implemented by developers and homeowners alike. 

Learn more here!


Call 705-424-1479 to inquire about your permit. 

Please have the address of the property and the concept of your project ready. 


Email to inquire about your permit. 

Please provide the address of the property and some details of your project.

If the email was sent to your spam/junk folder please mark it as not junk so that future emails get delivered to your inbox.

Visit NVCA’s office

Property owners who have a concept or idea about their project and would like to know how to permitting process works are welcome to visit NVCA’s office on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Our Planning staff have blocked off time to answer all your questions about the NVCA permit process.

NVCA’s Administration Office
8195 8th Line, Utopia ON L0M 1T0

Office hours

Monday – Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
We are closed for lunch between 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Book a pre-consultation appointment

Property owners who know the details of the development they are proposing should schedule a pre-consultation with NVCA’s Planning staff to ensure their permit application process is smooth, efficient and on the right track.

Learn more about pre-consultations and why you should schedule one.
  • Our Planning staff strive to keep each permit application process moving forward.
  • When you book your appointment with NVCA the more information provided the better. When you come to your appointment have your property address, concept, drawings and site plans ready.
  • Your information coupled with any project complexities will help us determine if further review is needed by engineers, ecologists or other technical staff.
  • We will contact you to set up a meeting at the earliest available time/date and discuss your project further.
  • A summary of that meeting will be forwarded to you including a check list of what you need to submit with your permit application.
  • Book a pre-consultation by emailing
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