Do I need a Permit?

Part VI of the Conservation Authorities Act prohibits development activities within and adjacent to watercourses, hazardous lands, and wetlands. You may require a permit from the RRCA if your project is:

  • within the channel of a watercourse or drain, in a lake, pond or a wetland
  • within 15 m of a floodplain, slope and meander hazard
  • within 30 m of a wetland

Activities requiring approval within regulated areas include:

  • the construction, reconstruction, erection or placing of a building or structure of any kind,
  • any change to a building or structure that would have the effect of altering the use or potential use of the building or structure, increasing the size of the building or structure or increasing the number of dwelling units in the building or structure,
  • site grading,
  • temporary or permanent placing, dumping, or removal of material originating on-site or elsewhere,
  • all work in the water, e.g. culverts, bridges, docks, boathouses, dredging, etc.
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If you suspect your property is located within a regulated RRCA area and you would like to undertake any of the above-noted activities.