The Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority

Property Inquiries

Find out if you need an NVCA permit

If you are planning to do any work near a lake, river, stream or wetland, you may require approval from NVCA. 

Current property owners, potential buyers, lawyers and real estate agents are encouraged to find out if a property affected by NVCA policies and regulations. 

A permit may be required depending on the project and location of your property

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.

Contact NVCA’s Planning Team for more information

Submit a property inquiry to see if your property is regulated.

More questions?

You can contact NVCA’s Planning & Permits team by email, phone or visit NVCA’s office.

If you know the details of the development you are proposing, we recommend scheduling a pre-consultation to ensure your permit application process is smooth, efficient and on the right track.

Responses are processed in the order in which they are received.

Please note response times are dependent on the complexity of the inquiry, the unique characteristics of the property, and the number of inquiries received.

Ways to Contact NVCA


Email to inquire about your property.

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.


Call 705-424-1479 x 268 to inquire about your property.

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

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.

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

For a smooth, efficient process and to keep your permit application on the right track, book a pre-consultation with a Planner!

What you need for your pre-consultation

  • Have your property address, concept, drawings and site plan ready
  • Pre-consultations are $561. This fee will be deducted from the final permit application fee.
  • Email to book an appointment. NVCA will reach out to you to  set up a meeting at the earliest available time/date and discuss your project further.
What you receive at the pre-consultation
  • Clarification about NVCA’s permitting process
  • Whether additional review by our engineering and ecology staff is required
  • A summary of your discussion
  • A checklist of what to submit with the permit application

For additional information, please see our frequently asked questions about our permit process.

Not in the the Nottawasaga Watershed? Contact your local conservation authority

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