Planning & Permits


Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the NPCA has taken measures to protect staff and public while providing continuity of services. NPCA enforcement, permitting and planning functions are continuing to operate, however there may be delays in receiving responses to inquiries or complaints due to staff restrictions and remote work locations.

Please visit our Get Involved NPCA portal where you will find a list of Frequently Asked Questions, links and resources, important announcements, and tools to ask anything that has not yet been answered. We appreciate your patience.  

The NPCA is responsible for the review of planning applications affected by natural environmental hazards, while working in partnership with municipalities to further the conservation of natural resources.

The Conservation Authority enforces Ontario Regulation 155/06, a regulation intended to ensure that new developments (i.e. homes, additions, pools, etc.) are not impacted by flood and erosion associated with watercourses, ravines, and wetlands in order to conserve the natural environment. The primary role of the NPCA is to protect people and property from natural hazards, a role that is extremely important, especially since the impacts of climate change have resulted in a higher frequency of extreme weather events and higher lake levels.

Ontario Regulation 155/06 requires individuals to obtain permission before undertaking development within an area regulated by the NPCA. The issuance of permits helps the NPCA ensure development activity in a Regulated Area is conducted in a manner that will not impact the environment negatively.

Are you Planning to Build?

Please review Ontario Regulation 155/06: Regulation of Development, Interference with Wetlands and Alterations to Shorelines and Watercourses. For an overview, download the Development, Interference & Alteration Regulation brochure published by Conservation Ontario.

For more information about the watershed, visit Watershed Explorer.

Are you Making an Inquiry About a Property?

To make an inquiry about a property under the Regulation of Development, Interference with Wetlands and Alterations to Shorelines and Watercourses, you can fill out and submit the Property Information Request Form.

Planning Act Approvals

The Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority is responsible for the review of planning applications (eg. subdivisions, severances, zoning by-law amendments, minor variances) affected by natural environmental hazards and/or natural heritage features, and provide advice to municipalities or applicants on environmental impacts (regarding valleys, floodplains, wetlands, stormwater management, erosion, etc.).