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.


Need a Permit?


Contact us! We strongly advise you contact us prior to submitting an application for a permit. This will provide you with clarity and direction about what information, studies and fees are needed for the application as well as the time line required to review your application. To facilitate your pre-consultation with staff, complete the Property Inquiry Form making sure to submit as much information about your proposed works as possible.

Complete permit application

Once a permit application along with applicable fees links are submitted, staff will either confirm that the application is complete, or provide you with a written list of missing or incomplete information. Staff will strive to provide this confirmation within 21 days. Once all information has been submitted and the application is deemed complete, staff strive to complete a review and approval of the application within 90 days

  • Go to Forms & Fees to download the Permit Application Package and obtain information on fees:

Permit review process

Staff will assess your application to determine whether the proposed works will affect the control of flooding, erosion, dynamic beaches, or unstable soil or bedrock. We will work with all applicants to ensure that wherever possible, your proposal meets the requirements of Part VI of the Conservation Authorities Act and O.Reg. 41/24 and associated policies, and that decisions are made in a timely manner.

Hearings & Appeals

Where applications do not meet the LTC Board Approved Regulation policies, recommendations will be forwarded to the Board of Directors, who will decide whether to approve or deny the application.

When taking a permit application to the Board of Directors for approval, a Hearing Board will convene to consider the application. You will be notified of a hearing date which you and your agent may attend. Upon reviewing information provided by staff and the owner/agent, the Hearing Board will make a decision. If denied or the permit is used subject to conditions, the applicant will be notified of the reasons in writing. Within 15 days of receipt of the notification, the owner may appeal the decision of the Hearing Board to the Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry who may dismiss the appeal or grant the permission with or without conditions. If the Minister’s office does not provide a reply regarding the request within 30 days, the applicant may appeal to the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal within 90 days of receipt of notification from the Authority.