The Niagara Escarpment Commission is continuing to provide services.

The health and the well-being of our visitors and staff is our top priority. Since we first learned of COVID-19, the Niagara Escarpment Commission and the  Government of Ontario have been diligently monitoring the developing situation and taking decisive action to contain the spread of this new virus and ensure the province’s health care system is ready for any scenario.

You may experience some delays or disruptions as we follow recommendations of health professionals to slow the virus from spreading.

The majority of staff from our offices will be working off-site until further notice. Please refer to the staff directory for contact information or email us at or and we will respond as soon as possible.

We are also making the following changes in operations and programs effective immediately:

Office closures:

Our offices in Georgetown and Owen Sound are closed to the public.

Commission meetings

The Niagara Escarpment Commission has implemented a process to deliberate a select number of items via virtual Commission meetings. For more information on scheduling and items moving forward, please continue to monitor updates posted on the Commission Meetings section of our website.

Development Permit Applications: 

  • The Niagara Escarpment Commission is continuing to accept new Development Permit applications electronically.  Once all information is received, we will work to process them, but there may be delays due to COVID-19.
  • For Development Permit Applications that have received conditional approval, the NEC will issue a Development Permit when all conditions have been addressed.
  • The Niagara Escarpment Commission will be issuing Notices of Decision for Development Permit applications pertaining to essential services only.  Decisions on all other Development Permit applications will be postponed until the Emergency Order has been lifted.  For a list of essential services outlined by the Government of Ontario, visit
  • Due to operational constraints during this pandemic, the NEC is receiving an unprecedented number of applications and property inquiries, and our response times are delayed as a result. We ask for your patience during this busy time. We will respond to requests in the order in which they are received.

We appreciate your patience and apologize for any inconvenience.

Visit Ontario’s website to learn more about how the province continues to protect Ontarians from COVID-19.