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Permit Regulation and Policies


As of April 1, 2024 the Provincial Government has made changes to the permitting process. Ontario Regulation 176/06 - "Development, Interference with Wetlands and Alterations to Shorelines and Watercourses" has been repealed and a new regulation has been introduced.
The Sault Ste. Marie Region Conservation Authority (SSMRCA) is now mandated to administer ONTARIO REGULATION 41/24 - PRO HIBITED ACTIVITIES, EXEMPTIONS AND PERMITS made under the CONSERVATION AUTHORITIES ACT, R.S.O. 1990, c. C.27.
As we work towards updating our webpage please contact our staff for up to date forms and permit processing information.
Contact our office at  705-946-8530 Ext.# 1001 or Email
Thank you for your patience. 


Do I Need a permit?

Pre-consultation with SSMRCA staff is strongly encouraged for all work near water, raivines, slopes or other hazardous lands. We understand that it's not always easy to understand when and why you need a permit, so let our professional staff help you.
If this sounds complicated, it doesn't need to be. Our staff can advise you if the regulation applies to your property, guide you through the permit process and offer technical advice.
Non-compliance with our permitting process is a provincial offence punishable by a fine of up to $50,000 or a term of imprisonment.

How are applications reviewed?

The regulations and policies the SSMRCA uses for review of permit applications are listed below.
  • Conservation Authorities Act
  • Ontario Regulation 41/24
  • SSMRCA - Policies, Procedures and Guidelines for the Administration of Ontario Regulation 176/06