Lower Trent Conservation
Did You Know?

Collectively, Conservation Authorities own and protect a total of 150,000 hectares, including forests, wetlands, areas of natural and scientific interest, recreational lands, natural heritage and cultural sites, as well as, land for flood and erosion control.


Permits and Regulations

Lower Trent Conservation helps to guard against the risks posed by flooding, erosion and other natural hazards by regulating development across the watershed. We do this by administering a regulation made under Section 28 of the Conservation Authorities Act known as the Development, Interference with Wetlands and Alterations to Shorelines and Watercourses Regulation (Ontario Regulation 163/06).

By reviewing proposals for activities in or adjacent to wetlands, steep slopes, valleys, watercourses or shorelines, Lower Trent Conservation can ensure that development will not be impacted by flooding or erosion problems and that new development does not aggravate flooding problems upstream or downstream. Environmental impacts are also taken into consideration before issuing a permit.

You must receive written permission from Lower Trent Conservation before initiating certain types of work.  Activities that require approval include:

  • Construction, reconstruction or placing of a building/structure of any kind
  • Any change to a building/structure that would alter the use, size or number of dwelling units
  • Site grading
  • Temporary or permanent placing or removal of any material originating on the site
  • Straightening, changing, diverting or interfering in any way with a watercourse, shoreline or wetland

To find out if your property is located in a regulated area, check our online map viewer.

If you are looking to submit a permit application (permit application hyperlinked to the form), please submit to [email protected].