Regulation, Permits, and Plan Review

Permits and Regulation

Kawartha Conservation administers Ontario Regulation 182/06, Regulation of Development, Interference with Wetlands and Alterations to Shorelines and Watercourses.

In February 2013, updates to the regulation went into effect. Click here for a summary of the changes.

This regulation is designed to help ensure development, including the placement or removal of fill, is safe from natural hazards such as flooding and unstable soils. It is also designed to prevent impacts to watercourses, wetlands, shorelines, and features which are important to watershed health.

Under the regulation, permits are issued to property owners or their agents for development projects. In order to obtain a permit, a completed application and supporting materials must be provided to Kawartha Conservation. Permit fees are charged to cover the costs of providing the permitting services.

Some of the tools used to assist in providing both plan review advice and issuing permits include background searches, mapping interpretation, policy application, and site checks, and may involve modeling interpretation of regional and 100-year rainfall events, potential for flooding, and water quality/quantity evaluations.

Click here for more about permits.


Plan Review

Consideration for the natural environment is an important part of land use planning. We review Planning Act development applications and provide environmental and natural hazard protection advice to watershed municipalities through the land use planning process.

A comprehensive review of each application is performed to ensure that natural heritage will not be adversely affected by the proposed development. We also work to ensure the completed project will not be adversely impacted by natural hazard features. We strive to balance environmental protection, economic development, and human health and safety. When applicable, sediment control and surface water quality and quantity controls are reviewed.

Natural heritage features considered include significant wetlands, environmentally sensitive areas, fish habitat, species at risk habitat, and areas of natural and scientific interest (ANSIs). Natural hazard features include flood and erosion prone land, and unstable slopes.

Plan review fees are charged on a user pay principle to cover the costs of reviewing the application. A member of the public or any other party of interest such as a lawyer or real estate agent can also submit an information request for a fee directly to Kawartha Conservation.