OBTAIN A PERMIT

Obtaining A Permit

If you think your property is regulated, please contact Long Point Region Conservation Authority directly so we can discuss your proposed project. If your proposal is a regulated activity in a regulated area, a permit is required. Permit application forms are available to download, as well as, from our office or via email or fax.

Permit Applications

If your property is subject to O.Reg. 178/06 and development is proposed, an application for permission is required. Download a copy of the Permit Application and submit with your fee.

Pre-consultation is strongly encouraged to provide clarity and direction, to facilitate receipt of complete applications and to streamline the permitting process. The proponent (or agent working on their behalf) is encouraged to set up an appointment in order to ensure Staff is available for consultation.

Prior to February 2013, all applications for permission had to be approved by LPRCA’s Board of Directors at the scheduled meetings. Recent amendments to the Regulation have provided the opportunity for authorized Conservation Authority staff to permit simple or straight forward permit decisions, resulting in increased efficiency and improved client service while maintaining the integrity of the regulations.

The timeline for review and approval of an application will depend on the type and complexity of development being proposed.

Where the submitted permit application is not complete or cannot be supported by LPRCA staff, comments are provided to the proponent in order to provide guidance on what would further be required for Staff to support the application. Where the application cannot meet policies and guidelines or the applicant is not willing to redesign or undertake the necessary study, the applicant may appeal to LPRCA’s Hearing Board for further consideration.

 

Permit Review

LPRCA may grant permission for development in or on the areas described in O. Reg. 176/06 if the control of flooding, erosion, dynamic beaches, pollution or the conservation of land, or an alteration to a watercourse or interference with a wetland is not affected by the proposed works. The onus is on the proponent to provide the supporting documentation, technical studies and reports to satisfy the  Regulation.

Please note that LPRCA staff may require any submitted plan(s) and/or professional report(s) be peer reviewed by an expert in the field. The completion and submission of supporting documentation does not necessarily guarantee a favourable outcome.

A review of each application is performed to evaluate whether new hazards may be created or existing hazards aggravated based on the proposed development. When considering an application for permission, LPRCA staff evaluates the application based on conformity with LPRCA’s Shoreline Management Plan (1989) and the following Ministry of Natural Resources Technical Guides (1991) that include detailed engineering, geotechnical and scientific principles, practices and procedures for hazardous lands identification, planning and management:

  • Technical Guide for Great Lakes – St. Lawrence River Shorelines, Flooding, Erosion and Dynamic Beaches
  • Technical Guide: River and Stream Systems Flooding Hazard Limit
  • Technical Guide: River and Stream Systems Erosion Hazard Limit
  • Technical Guide for Hazardous Sites

Other controls, which address Conservation Authority issues, may exist through the local Zoning By-Law, Official Plan, site-specific development agreements and/or other legislation (e.g., Endangered Species Act). Proponents are advised to consult these documents for possible restrictions.

Pre-consultation is strongly encouraged to provide clarity and direction, to facilitate receipt of complete applications and to streamline the permitting process. The proponent (or agent working on their behalf) is encouraged to set up an appointment in order to ensure Staff is available for consultation.

The timeline for review and approval of an application will depend on the type and complexity of development being proposed.

Fees

The Conservation Authorities Act provides the legislative basis to allow Conservation Authorities in Ontario to charge fees for services approved by the Minister of Natural Resources. Section 21(m.1) of the Act allows for the collection of fees for planning and development related activities such as:

  • Permitting
  • Plan review
  • Public and legal inquiries

Refer to the Fee Schedule to determine the category of works and the type of permit you will need, as well as, the applicable fee. Please forward a cheque in the appropriate amount made payable to the LPRCA along with your permit application.  Credit card payments are accepted over the phone or in person at LPRCA's administration office.

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LPRCA Permit Application & Fee Schedule For Ontario Regulation 178/06

REGULATION OF DEVELOPMENT, INTERFERENCE WITH WETLANDS AND ALTERATIONS TO SHORELINES AND WATERCOURSES (R.R.O. 1990 REG.178/06)