Permits & Regulations
In light of COVID-19, Credit Valley Conservation is taking steps to ensure the health and safety of our customers, suppliers, communities and people while ensuring we continue to provide uninterrupted services.
CVC OFFICE RE-OPENING
CVC’s head office re-opened to staff, on a rotating basis, on September 8. Staff are now partially working from the office, however, continue to complete most of their time working remotely. The office continues to be generally closed to the public, except by special appointment. Any meetings with staff should continue to occur digitally via email, phone or video conference, if possible. If you would like us to consider an in-person meeting you can contact your CVC planner or regulations officer regarding an active file you have with us. For new files, please call our office at 905-670-1615 ext. 0 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and the appropriate staff person will get back to you.
PLANNING COUNTER AND GENERAL INQUIRIES
Although our office has re-opened to staff, it continues to be generally closed to the public. If you have a general inquiry or would like information from our planning counter the best method of contact is via email at email@example.com. Any meetings with staff should continue to occur digitally via email, phone or video conference, if possible. We may be able to provide an in-person meeting at the planning counter, by previous appointment only. There is no walk-in service available at this time. To discuss the need for an in-person visit please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and the appropriate staff person will get back to you.
ENHANCED DIGITAL ACCESS
We continue our high-quality commitment to client service by being available via email, video conference or phone and for site visits, inspections or feature staking. For existing files, submissions can be made digitally – and there continue to be several options to make payments so please consult with your file contact. You can help us by prioritizing your business-critical needs, ensuring submissions are complete, on time and digital where possible. General inquiries and new permit applications can continue to be directed via email to email@example.com. Although we prefer to receive digital submissions, you can drop off hard (paper) files or applications to our Head Office. Note due to the limited access staff has to the office, there may be delays in processing hard (paper) copy submissions.
FILE STATUS COMMUNICATION
As always, staff will continue to communicate with you. We will inform you on the status of our review and your application. We’ll also keep you up to date if there are any changes and when our office will re-open to the public.
If you would like to report a violation or what may be unlawful activity you can contact one of our Regulations Officers. Call 905-670-1615 extension 0 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can make an anonymous report by phone.
CVC’s Regulation, made under the authority of Section 28 of the Conservation Authorities Act, is known as Ontario Regulation 160/06. The full title of the Regulation is Credit Valley Conservation Authority: Regulation of Development, Interference with Wetlands and Alterations to Shorelines and Watercourses. The Minister of Natural Resources approved Ontario Regulation 160/06 on May 4, 2006.
The main objectives of Ontario Regulation 160/06 are to ensure public health and safety and the protection of life and property with respect to natural hazards. In addition to this, CVC safeguards watershed health by preventing pollution and destruction of ecologically sensitive areas such as significant natural features and areas, wetlands, shorelines, valleylands and watercourses. Ontario Regulation 160/06 establishes Regulated Areas where development could be subject to flooding, erosion or dynamic beaches, or where interference with wetlands or alterations to watercourses might have an adverse effect.
Ontario Regulation 160/06 is a text based regulation. CVC does have mapping reflecting Regulated Areas, however this does not represent all areas regulated by the Authority. Regulated Area mapping is not available online. Please contact CVC to determine if your property is Regulated.
A permit may be required if the development is within the vicinity of a:
If you are unsure whether or not your property falls within a CVC Regulated Area, or whether your proposal requires a CVC permit, you are encouraged to contact our office for information and guidance.
Please note that a permit from CVC does not replace building permits or any other permits issued through municipal offices or from other agencies. It is recommended that you contact your local municipality for information on additional approvals that may be required.
For additional information regarding the implementation of Ontario Regulation 160/06 please refer to Chapter 7 of CVC’s Watershed Planning and Regulation Policies.