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You may require a permit if the location of your project is in an area referred to as hazardous lands.

Hazardous lands are defined as areas that are likely to be associated with naturally occurring processes such as flooding, erosion, dynamic beaches or unstable soil or bedrock and therefore could be unsafe for development (Conservation Authorities Act, R.S.O. 1990, c.27, s.28, s.25).

Before you begin any project on your property, pre-consultation with SSMRCA staff is strongly encouraged. Our staff can assist you with the information you will require for an application and guide you through the permitting process. 

Examples of projects that require a SSMRCA permit include, but are not limited to:

  • New construction or reconstruction of any kind, placing a building or structure of any kind, or the change in use of a structure
  • Site grading, whether bringing fill onto the property or removing it
  • Development near a slope or on unstable soil
  • Shoreline alterations such as a shorewall, gabion or dock
  • Work on or near a watercourse or wetland including any in-water work

Call and make an appointment with our staff at (705) 946-8530 or email: 

Together we can plan for the future and protect our valuable environmental resources.