A Niagara Escarpment Development Permit is similar to a municipal building permit. The difference is that a Niagara Escarpment Development Permit considers the impact of a development proposal on the Escarpment landscape and natural environment. The objective is to design and situate development in an environmentally compatible way.
Note: Municipal building approvals and other permits may also be required but those can only be issued after the Development Permit.
Applications for Development Permits can include:
- proposals for new single dwellings or additions/renovations to them
- infrastructure including roads and pipelines
- sand and gravel pits
- lot creation
- agriculture including on-farm diversified uses and agriculture-related uses and the establishment of wineries
- irrigation or recreational ponds
- altering the grade of land including the importation of excess soil
- changes in the use of any land, building or structure
- special events including any associated temporary signs, parking areas, buildings or structures
Minor alterations to a property or structure may not require a Permit (For a list of possible exemptions, please see section Ontario Regulation 828/90 and consult with NEC staff).
If your application is for a temporary or recurring event, you must submit your application well in advance of the scheduled date to allow NEC staff enough to review your application. You may also require a municipal special event permit, so contact your local municipality about their requirements.