Changes in policy or land use designation require an amendment to the text and/or appendices and maps of the Niagara Escarpment Plan.  This process is outlined in sections 6.1, 7, 8, and 10 of the  Niagara Escarpment Planning and Development Act. 

Before submitting an application to amend the Plan, an applicant should consult with a  Senior Strategic Advisor. They can explain the process and give advice on the type of information and studies that are recommended to support your application. 

 There is no cost for an application to amend the Niagara Escarpment Plan but applicants must pay the cost of the newspaper notice. 

Download an application form to amend the Niagara Escarpment Plan

The Mineral Resource Extraction Area designation includes pits and quarries licensed pursuant to the Aggregate Resources Act and areas where mineral resource extraction may be permitted subject to the policies of the Niagara Escarpment Plan. 

New Mineral Resource Extraction Areas producing less than 20,000 tonnes (22,000 tons) annually may be permitted in the Escarpment Rural Area without an amendment to the Niagara Escarpment Plan. 

New Mineral Resource Extraction Areas producing more than 20,000 tonnes (22,000 tons) annually may be considered in the Escarpment Rural Area by an amendment to the Niagara Escarpment Plan. Such an amendment will be to effect the change from Escarpment Rural Area to Mineral Resource Extraction Area. 

There is no cost for an application to amend the Niagara Escarpment Plan but applicants must pay the cost of the newspaper notice. 

Before submitting an application to amend the Plan, an applicant should consult with a Senior Strategic Advisor. They can explain the process and give advice on the type of information and studies that are recommended to support your application. 

Download an application form to amend a Mineral Resource Extraction Area of the Niagara Escarpment Plan.

In order to protect the scenic landscape’s character of the Niagara Escarpment, telecommunication towers are highly discouraged in the Niagara Escarpment Plan Area.  In general, telecommunication towers are regulated by Industry Canada, but additionally, local land use planning authorities, as well as the Niagara Escarpment Commission must be consulted to find a suitable location for towers.  If no alternative is found, proponents must contact the Niagara Escarpment Commission to determine requirements. 

Download the Niagara Escarpment Development Permit Application Form  to apply for a permit for Radio or Telecommunications  Facility or Undertaking in the Area of the Niagara Escarpment Plan