Permits & Planning
Conservation Sudbury has a responsibility under the Conservation Authorities Act to ensure development is not at risk from natural hazards and to protect the health and integrity of our watersheds. As part of this mandate, Conservation Sudbury:
- Regulates development in and along environmentally sensitive areas such as floodplains, steep slopes, wetlands, shorelines and waterways (Ontario Regulation 156/06 — Development, Interference with Wetlands and Alterations to Shorelines and Watercourses Regulation)
- Reviews development proposals within or adjacent to regulated areas pertaining to the conservation and management of watershed resources and applicable provincial policies and guidelines.
If you are planning to do construction work or development in a Regulated Area, you require permission from Conservation Sudbury. To determine if your property falls within a Regulated Area, please use our Regulated Areas Mapping Tool.
New Floodplain Mapping
Currently updates to the floodplain maps for certain areas are being completed. A position statement is available that explains how staff continue to provide review of and comment on planning matters and issue permits throughout this period of change.
Conservation Authorities Act
Under the Conservation Authorities Act, development means:
- the construction, reconstruction, erection or placing of a building or structure of any kind,
- any change to a building or structure that would have the effect of altering the use or potential use of the building or structure,
- increasing the size of a building or structure or increasing the number of dwelling units in the building or structure,
- site grading
- the temporary or permanent placing, dumping or removal of any material, originating on the site or elsewhere.
Conservation Sudbury strives to issue permits within the best practice timelines established by Conservation Ontario. Conservation Sudbury will publish the timelines for permits on an annual basis. The 2023 report is available here.
The CA Act requires that an applicant be provided an opportunity for a hearing by the Conservation Authority Board for an application that is refused or approved with contentious conditions. Click here to read the hearing procedures.