Frequently Asked Questions

Regulated areas include the land in or near rivers, streams, ponds, wetlands, slopes, and floodplains. Examples include:

  • Within 15m of the floodplain associated with the following watercourses and waterbodies: Beaver Creek, Belmont Lake, Cordova Lake, Crowe Lake, Crowe River, Kasshabog Lake, Limerick Lake, Paudash Lake, Round Lake, St. Ola Lake and Wollaston Lake
  • Within 30 m of the top of a bank of any watercourse or water body not listed above
  • Within 120 m of a Provincially Significant Wetland & all wetlands 2 hectares or greater
  • Within 30 m of all other wetlands less than 2 acres

The Conservation Authorities Act defines "development" as:

(a) the construction, reconstruction, erection or placing of a building or structure of any kind,

(b) any change to a building or structure that would have the effect of altering the use or potential use of the building or structure, increasing the size of the building or structure or increasing the number of dwelling units in the building or structure,

(c) site grading, or

(d) the temporary or permanent placing, dumping or removal of any material, originating on the site or elsewhere; (“aménagement”)

Examples of activities requiring approval within regulated areas include, but are not limited to:

  • Construction, reconstruction or placing a building or structure of any kind
  • Any change to a building or structure that changes its use, increases its size or increases the number of dwelling units
  • Grading of the site
  • Temporary or permanent placing, dumping or removal of material originating on site or elsewhere
  • Alteration to watercourses, bridges, culverts and other infrastructure; and channel and shoreline alterations
  • All works in the water, e.g. docks, boathouses, dredging, etc.

The cost of a permit depends on the type of project and how complex it is. Please see our Permit Fee Schedule for more information.

CVCA regulations officers will work with applicants to help develop plans so they meet the regulation. In rare cases, if an application does not meet CVCA’s policies, a hearing may be held before the CVCA Board of Directors to determine if the permit can be issued.

Any development where work that has been done or started is deemed a violation.

When CVCA staff learn that a violation has taken place, they will discuss the situation with the landowner. CVCA attempts to address minor infractions by working with cooperative landowners to go through the permit process or develop a plan to restore the property.

If CVCA issues a permit after work has already started, a non-compliance fee is issued (double the regular fee).

If CVCA and the landowner cannot work out a solution, legal action can be taken. The landowner may be charged and taken to court. If convicted, the court may require the landowner to pay a fine and restore the land to its original condition, at the landowner's cost. That could include removing a structure, removing fill or restoring a natural feature such as a wetland.

More information can be found here.

The earlier the better. Never assume you don’t need a permit. Please contact our office so we can conduct a more detailed assessment of permit requirements.