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.
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Using our interactive map, find out if you need a development permit from the Niagara Escarpment Commission.
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The Commission meets as a corporate body bi-monthly to consider Development Permit Applications.
The next commission meeting is in July 21, 2022.
The Niagara Escarpment Commission (NEC) offices are now open to the public. In order to ensure a safe and secure environment for staff and clients, the NEC requires that you schedule an appointment to meet with staff in person. The NEC will also continue to provide services via telephone and email.
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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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. Learn more information