Are staff conducting site visits?

    Yes, NPCA staff are able to do site visits in relation to a Planning or Permit application.

    Is there anyone at the office?

    There are currently two staff in the office, however the office is closed to the public.  

    Applications, documentation and payments CANNOT be dropped off at the main office.

    Is the NPCA extending permit timelines?

    No.  NPCA work permits will continue to be issued for a maximum of 2 years.

    Is the NPCA extending how long permits already issued are valid for?

    NPCA may consider this in circumstances where the permit is almost set to expire, in conjunction with meeting all other current policy requirements.  All permits issued and currently valid are NOT automatically extended.

    Who can I contact for more information on Permits?

    Please use the Q&A tool and we will get back to you soon. 

    How do I know if my property is in a regulated area?

    Option 1:   To find out if your property is impacted by NPCA regulated lands, please use our online mapping tool.

    Option 2:  Contact the appropriate Watershed Planner for your area:

    Taran Lennard; tlennard@npca.ca(External link)

    • Grimsby
    • Lincoln
    • St. Catharines

    Nikolas Wensing; nwensing@npca.ca(External link)

    • West Lincoln
    • Wainfleet 
    • Haldimand
    • Hamilton

    Nicholas Godfrey; ngodfrey@npca.ca(External link)

    • Niagara-on-the-Lake
    • Thorold
    • Pelham
    • Port Colborne

    Jessica Abrahamse; jabrahamse@npca.ca(External link)

    • Welland
    • Niagara Falls
    • Fort Erie

    Please note that due to a high volume of planning and permitting inquiries, you will experience a delay in response time from NPCA watershed planners. We appreciate your patience and kindly ask that you do not send multiple emails on the same matter if possible.

    How do I know what I can and cannot do on my property?

    Option 1:  You can view the NPCA’s current Policy Document.

    Option 2:  Contact the Watershed Planner for your area. See other FAQ for list.

    Due to a high volume of planning and permitting inquiries, you will experience a delay in response time from NPCA watershed planners. We appreciate your patience and kindly ask that you do not send multiple emails on the same matter if possible.

    Please Note:  When contacting a Watershed Planner about a future proposal, it is helpful to include a site plan showing the proposed works as well as a brief description of the proposed works.

    I am buying a property, how do I find information about it?

    Option 1:  To look up that property and view the potential NPCA screening area, please use our online mapping tool.

    Option 2:  By filling out the following form and submitting it to the NPCA.

    Please Note: Requests made for formal information on a property may have associated fees. Please contact the correct Watershed Planner for the area you are inquiring about for more information. See other FAQ for list.

    Option 3: By contacting a Watershed Planner, please note: The following information is needed for staff to look up the property: Assessment Roll Number (ARN), Property Information Number (PIN) and/or the municipal address if available.

    Due to a high volume of planning and permitting inquiries, you will experience a delay in response time from NPCA watershed planners. We appreciate your patience and kindly ask that you do not send multiple emails on the same matter if possible.