Do I need a Permit?
The information that follows are general guidelines only.
Each situation is unique and subject to a number of factors that may impact the information we provide here.
We strongly advise that you contact us to discuss the specifics of your particular situation.
When you need a permit
You need a permit if you plan on doing any of the following work in a regulated area:
- the contruction, reconstruction, erection or placing of a building or structure of any kind
- changes that would alter the use, or potential use, of a building or structure
- increasing the size of a building or structure, or increasing the number of dwelling units in the building or structure
- site grading
- the temporary or permanent placing, dumping or removal of any material originating on the site or elsewhere
- the straightening, changing or diverting or interfering with the existing channel of a river, creek, stream, or watercourse
- changing or interfering with a wetland
If you are not in a regulated area, then a permit is not needed from us. You should still contact your local municipality (and also any applicable government agency) because they may require one.
Types of Permits
The following types of work typically require a regular permit:
- New structures (boathouses, houses, garages, shed more than 100 square feet)
- Full permit docks - docks with permanent fingers and/or significant boulder ice protection
- Placement/removal of fill
- Repairing/replacing shoreline structures
- In grade staircases
Application Fee: $500Minor
Permit applications for development works that are deemed to be minor in nature. These include:
- Minor Docks - Permanent straight docks (no permanent fingers)
- Pools (in-ground or above ground)
- Septic system
- Storage shed less than 100 square feet in size
- Above grade staircases (non-intrusive, no grading)
Application Fee: $150Violation/ Retroactive
This application and fee are submitted by an owner or applicant with the intent of obtaining Authority approval for works which were completed without first obtaining a permit from the Conservation Authority. Submission of this application and payment of the required fee does not imply that Authority approval will be granted. All works must be shown to comply with Authority Watershed Development Policies prior to a permit being issued.
Application Fee: Double Permit FeeSite Clearance
These are given in special circumstances. For details, speak with one of our representatives.