Fee Schedule

2021 Permits Fees

Our fees vary on the type and scale of a proposal.

Ontario Regulation 160/06 Permit ApplicationsPermit Fees
Development – Small Scale$450
Development – Medium Scale$1,350
Development – Large Scale$3,250
Development – Major Scale$5,500
Interference with Wetlands and Alterations to Watercourses and Shorelines – Small Scale$800
Interference with Wetlands and Alterations to Watercourses and Shorelines – Medium Scale$2,250
Interference with Wetlands and Alterations to Watercourses and Shorelines – Large Scale$6,500
Interference with Wetlands and Alterations to Watercourses and Shorelines – Major Scale$11,000
Permit for Minor Works$150
Permit Revisions/Review of Repeat SubmissionsSmall scale: 25% of current fee
Others: 50% of current fee
Expedited Review (Director approved – subject to resources available)Additional 100% of current fee
In Stream Timing Window ExtensionMinor $500
Major $5000
Fill Placement (less than 500 m3)*$400
Large Fill Placement (greater than 500 m3)*$10,000 plus $1.00 per m3
Additional Site Visit$200
Property InformationFee
Solicitor/Realtor/Property Inquiry$325**
GIS Information Request/Service$50-$75/hr + HST
*500m3 is equivalent to approximately 50 truckloads.
**HST applicable to Solicitor/Realtor/Property Inquiry only. The $325 fee includes the HST.

Notes

  1. The application fee must be paid at the time of filing an application. A permit will not be issued unless the application fee has been submitted.
  2. CVC reserves the right to modify or adjust fees should the review require a substantially greater or lower level of review and/or assessment.
  3. Fees related to review of repeat submissions (more than 3 submissions) will be determined by CVC depending on the number, completeness and quality of the repeat submissions.
  4. All permits are issued for two years. Permit extensions and/or renewals will not be granted. However, applicants may re-apply for re-issuance of a new permit for the original approved works in accordance with the most recent technical requirements.
  5. For Permits associated with “Unauthorized Works” or a “Violation”, the fee will be double the applicable application fee.
  6. For large fill placements, the CVC Procedural Guideline for receiving and processing applications to place fill in excess of 500 cubic metres should be referenced.

Definitions

  1. Small Scale: an application is determined to be “Small Scale” where no technical studies are required.
  2. Medium Scale: an application is determined to be “Medium Scale” where limited or scoped technical studies are required.
  3. Large Scale: an application is determined to be “Large Scale” where technical studies are required.
  4. Major Scale: an application is determined to be “Major Scale” where a number of technical studies are required (hydraulic analysis, storm water management, geotechnical, etc.).
  5. Minor in the In Stream Timing Window Extension is applicable where the request to extend the timing window is made well in advance of the final date, is considered low risk and requires minimal review.
  6. Major in the In Stream Timing Window Extension is applicable where the request to extend the timing window is made within less than a week of the final date and/or requires considerable review and effort by CVC staff.

2021 Plan Review Fees

Application-Collected by MunicipalityFees*
Minor Variance$310
Consents (Severances)Minor $725
Major $3,100
Site Plan (Residential)$625
Site Plan (Commercial, Industrial, Institutional)Minor $1550
Intermediate $4,150
Major $7,250
Site Plan Multi-unit Building and Condominiums


Clearances
Minor $6,200
Intermediate $12,425
Major $31,050

$2,075
Site Plan Water Balance Review Only (WHPA Q2 Area)$1,550
Official Plan AmendmentMinor $1,225
Intermediate $3,100
Major $6,200
Zoning By-law AmendmentMinor $1,035
Intermediate $2,575
Major $6,200
Review of Repeat SubmissionsSmall scale:25% of current fee
Others: 50% of current fee
*Fees include HST
** EIR refers to Environmental Implementation Report/EMP Environmental Master Plan
Application-Collected by CVCFees*
Subdivisions



Clearances
$4,000 per net ha
50% at EIR or EMP submission**
25% at draft plan submission
25% at draft plan approval

Minor $5,000
Major $12,000
Golf Courses$15,750
Aggregate OperationsMinor $6,200
Intermediate $20,700
Major $62,000
Class EA review-Schedule AN/A Permit Fee Only
Class EA review-Schedule B$2,500 plus permit fee
Class EA review-Schedule C$5,000 plus permit fee
Individual EA/Master Plan$15,000
*Fees include HST
** EIR refers to Environmental Implementation Report/EMP Environmental Master Plan

Notes

  1. The application fee must be paid at the time of filing an application and/or within 30 days of CVC notification in writing. For outstanding payments, CVC may place the application on hold upon review until satisfactory arrangements are established.
  2. When processing and reviewing consolidated applications (ZBA/OPA applications), the highest rate of fees will apply.
  3. Separate fees will apply for the processing of CVC permit approvals, with the exception of Subdivision applications.
  4. CVC reserves the right to adjust fees should the review require a substantially greater or lower level of review including applicant-driven revisions to an approved plan/application.
  5. Fees related to review of repeat submissions (more than 3 submissions) will be determined by CVC depending on the number, completeness and quality of the repeat submissions.
  6. CVC reserves the right to reassess fee requirements after two years of receipt of the application, based on timing and receipt of required technical information.

Definitions

  1. Minor: an application is determined to be “Minor” where no technical studies are required.
    Minor for the purposes of administering clearance fees is a subdivision clearance of draft plan conditions that is administrative in nature with no technical studies (e.g. preparation of a letter after confirming that CVC is satisfied with the registration of the subdivision and review is limited to grading and sediment and erosion control plans, etc.).
  2. Intermediate: an application is determined to be “Intermediate” where, as an example, a scoped Environmental Impact Study (EIS) is required.
  3. Major: an application is determined to be “Major” where technical studies (e.g. EIS, stormwater management, geotechnical) are required.
    Major for the purposes of administering clearance fees is a subdivision clearance of draft plan conditions prior to registration which requires significant work to review and clear conditions and requires the review of technical information (stormwater management ponds, natural heritage system design, etc.).

CVC’s Comprehensive Fee Review

About Plan Review and Permitting

Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) provides Plan Review and Permitting services to watershed stakeholders including provincial agencies, municipalities, and landowners. CVC along with many other Conservation Authorities (CAs) requires a fee for these services on a cost recovery basis.

Recent Changes

Proposed changes to the Conservation Authorities Act (CAA) may affect some Plan Review and Permitting services and associated funding mechanisms. We anticipate our fees for service will continue on a cost recovery basis, however there will be a greater need for:

  • Full cost accounting principles
  • Increased transparency
  • Increase consultation in the determination of fee schedules

Fee Review

In November 2020, CVC’s Board of Directors received a report by CVC’s Planning and Development Services (PDS) staff titled ‘Planning and Development Services Cost Recovery and Fee Schedule Update’. The purpose of the report was to:

  • Inform the Board of the status of cost recovery for Plan Review and Permitting programs
  • Seek approval of the proposed 2021 fee schedules
  • Update the Board on CVC’s comprehensive fee review for Plan Review and Permitting programs

CVC retained Watson & Associates Economists Ltd. (Watson) to conduct a comprehensive review of current Plan Review and Permitting fees.

Report Objectives

The main objective was to conduct a comprehensive fee review to assess the current fees and fee structure, and to determine if they are sufficient to recover the anticipated and associated cost of services moving forward using full cost accounting principles.

Report Recommendations

The Comprehensive Fee Review includes the following recommendations:

  • Updating the fee schedule and structure based on application type and service provided that’s more closely aligned to full cost of service and services provided
  • Introducing a Fee Administration Policy in accordance with recent proposed changes to Section 21.2 of the Conservation Authorities Act

Review the full Watson Report with recommendations.

Next Steps

In May 2021, CVC’s Board considered the recommendations in a Board report titled ‘Planning and Development Services Comprehensive Plan Review and Permit Fee Schedule Review Update’. The Board endorsed the recommendations and resolved that staff continue to consult with the Building Industry and Land Development Association (BILD) and watershed stakeholders to refine the recommended full cost recovery fee schedules and that staff bring the final fee schedules and recommendations forward to the Board in November 2021 for implementation and phasing starting in 2022. See the Board resolution.

Contact Us

We continue to consult with watershed stakeholders and encourage individuals and organization who would like to learn more or provide input to contact our Director of Planning and Development Services at by email.

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