At a glance

Applying for a permit

The Niagara Escarpment Plan (NEP) protects the Escarpment’s unique ecological, historic and scenic qualities.

To ensure that the Escarpment’s natural resources, ecosystem health and scenic landscape are protected, Niagara Escarpment landowners are required to obtain a development permit for certain types of development.

Is your property in the Niagara Escarpment Plan Area?

Find out if you need a development permit from the Niagara Escarpment Commission.

Use our interactive map to determine if your property is located within the Niagara Escarpment Plan Area and/or Area of Development Control.   

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Appeal a development permit application

After a Notice of Decision is made, anyone who receives a copy of the Notice of Decision may appeal to the Minister of Northern Development, Mines, and Natural Resources and Forestry in writing within 14 days. 

Find out how to appeal an NEC development permit application

Compliance and Enforcement

The Niagara Escarpment Commission (NEC) along with the Ministry of Northern Development, Mines and Natural Resources and Forestry (NDMNRF) have a shared responsibility in ensuring development activities within the Niagara Escarpment Plan Area comply with the Niagara Escarpment Planning and Development Act(NEPDA), Niagara Escarpment Plan(NEP) and associated regulations.   

Find out how to discuss a concern or report an occurrence