The North Bay-Mattawa Conservation Authority, together with the 35 other conservation authorities across the province, are implementing a Service Delivery and Streamlining Initiative to provide a consistent client-centric process for planning and development reviews, permits and approvals.   

The following documents and tools are provided to aid in your understanding of our planning and development services.

Customer Service Charter

NBMCA aims to provide a high standard of effective and efficient service to all of our clients/customers. Our Customer Service Charter explains our service commitment.

Client Checklist for Section 28 (DIA) Permits

A principal mandate of NBMCA is to prevent the loss of life and property due to flooding and erosion and to conserve and enhance natural resources. Ontario Regulation 177/06 - Development, Interference with Wetlands and Alterations to Shorelines and Watercourses (DIA) - is a key tool in fulfilling this mandate because it regulates development in areas where the control of flooding, erosion, dynamic beaches, pollution or the conservation of land may be affected by development.

To help clients understand what information and documentation are needed to accompany an application under Ontario Regulation 177/06, NBMCA has prepared a Client Checklist based on the proposed project which can include culverts and crossings; building and demolition;  docks and boathouses;  fill, dredging and grading; landscaping; retaining walls; and shoreline protection/watercourse alterations.  

NBMCA administers Ontario Regulation 177/06 pursuant to Section 28 of the Conservation Authorities Act.

Municipal Memorandums of Understanding (MOU) / Plan Review Agreements

NBMCA provides environmental advice to municipalities on applications made under the Planning Act.  This includes applications for severance, official plan amendments, zoning changes, plans of subdivision and others.   The purpose is to determine if the proposal is consistent with municipal and provincial environmental policies, including the Provincial Policy Statement. For more information, visit the Municipal Plan Review section of the website.   NBMCA provides this plan review service to Municipalities through MOUs or Plan Review Agreements.  NBMCA has Plan Review Agreements with Bonfield, Callander, Chisholm Twp, East Ferris, East Nipissing Planning Board, and North Bay.  You can view the Agreements through the links on the sidebar.

Map Your Property

Our searchable On-line Mapping Tool will help you learn if all or part of your property is regulated by NBMCA under Ontario Regulation 177/06.   It is important to recognize that the mapping is for information screening purposes only and shows the approximate regulation limits under the Regulation. Mapping can be updated for various reasons: for example, site-specific studies or new and updated guidelines. It is recommended to check with the Regulations Officer to confirm.  Link to NBMCA On-line Mapping Tool page

Fees Policy

The Conservation Authorities Act and the Ontario Building Code enable NBMCA to charge fees for services.  The Fees are approved by the NBMCA Board of Directors. Our Fees Policy is based on three principles:  user-pay, adequate consultation and notification, and right to appeal.

The fee structure for planning and compliance/regulation activities is designed to recover but not exceed the costs associated with the administration and delivery of the services within the program. These services include permit fees, applications under the Planning Act, various responses concerning legal services, public inquiries, and technical advice/services, etc.   

For more information about these services, visit the Municipal Plan Review, DIA Permits, Legal Inquiries, or Application Forms & Fees Sections of the website.