Development, Interference with Wetlands and Alterations to Shorelines and Watercourses Regulations
Permits & Approvals
The North Bay-Mattawa Conservation Authority (NBMCA) administers the Development, Interference with Wetlands and Alterations to Shorelines and Watercourses Regulations pursuant to Section 28 of the Conservation Authorities Act. By promoting the wise use of hazard lands such as floodplains and steep slopes, these regulations were created to reduce the risk to life and property from flooding and erosion.
Under this regulation, landowners must complete a permit application prior to undertaking construction activity in an area regulated by the NBMCA.
The NBMCA enforces three categories of regulations in any defined part of the area over which the NBMCA has jurisdiction:
i) Fill Regulations
Fill regulations allow the NBMCA to prohibit or regulate the placing, excavation, grading or dumping of fill of any kind for projects such as pools, ponds, roads and driveways. These regulations are applied to any defined part of the area which the NBMCA has jurisdiction in which, in the opinion of the NBMCA, the control of flooding or pollution or the conservation of land may be affected by the placing or dumping of fill.
ii) Construction Regulations
Construction regulations allow the NBMCA to regulate the construction, or structure in or on a wetland or floodplain or in any area susceptible to flooding during a regional storm. In this regulation, construction refers to new buildings, additions to existing buildings, stormwater outfalls, culverts and bridges.
iii) Alteration to Waterways Regulation
Alteration to waterways regulations allow the NBMCA to prohibit or regulate the straightening, changing, diverting or interfering in any way with the existing channel of a river, creek, stream or watercourse.
If you are uncertain of whether or not you are in an area regulated by the NBMCA, or if you have any further questions, please contact the North Bay - Mattawa Conservation Authority.