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Slide Niagara Escarpment Commission Providing for the maintenance of the Niagara Escarpment and lands in its vicinity substantially as a continuous natural environment and ensuring only such development occurs as is compatible with that natural environment. Learn more Slide Do you need a development permit? Do you need a development permit? Using our interactive map, find out if you need a development permit from the Niagara Escarpment Commission. Locate my property Slide Great Falls Commission Meetings The Commission meets as a corporate body bi-monthly to consider Development Permit Applications.
The next commission meeting is in January 2022.
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Slide Lion's Head Provincial Park - Dark Sky Preserve COVID-19 Update In order to ensure a safe and secure environment for staff and clients and in response to recommendations by health professionals, the Niagara Escarpment Commission (NEC) offices are closed to the public until further notice.  The NEC is continuing to provide services via email and telephone. 

NOTE: The NEC is receiving an unprecedented number of applications and property inquiries, and as a result, our response times are delayed. We ask for your patience during this busy time. We will respond to requests in the order in which they are received.

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Slide Ontario Regulation 826 Update: Pleasant View Survey Lands Ontario Regulation 826 under the Niagara Escarpment Planning and Development Act has been amended to now include within the Area of Development Control the Pleasant View Survey lands located in the City of Hamilton.

All new development in the Pleasant View Survey area will now require a Development Permit from the Niagara Escarpment Commission unless exempt.
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232 Guelph Street
Georgetown, Ontario
L7G 4B1

Phone: 905-877-5191
Email: necgeorgetown@ontario.ca
Hours of operation: Monday to Friday 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM*

*call to book an appointment

Owen Sound

1450 7th Avenue
Owen Sound, Ontario
N4K 2Z1

Phone: 519-371-1001
Email: necowensound@ontario.ca
Hours of operation: Monday to Friday 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM*