The GRCA works to protect the natural environment through its involvement in planning and development activities.
The GRCA has these responsibilities:
If you are planning a project, you may need a GRCA permit, approval under the Planning Act or both. If you are unsure, contact your local municipality and a GRCA Resource Planner.
The GRCA has the responsibility, under the Conservation Authorities Act to regulate development in and near rivers, streams, floodplains, wetlands, steep slopes and the Lake Erie shoreline.
Under the Conservation Authorities Act, development means:
Anyone considering a project in the regulated area may need a permit from the GRCA. For more information, go to the Permit section of the website.
The GRCA provides environmental advice to municipalities on applications made under the Planning Act.
This includes applications for severances, official plan amendments, plans of subdivision and others (e.g. zone changes in support of Aggregate Resource Act applications).
The GRCA reviews technical reports and plans, and provides advice to municipalities who make the land use planning
decision under the Planning Act.
For more information, go to the Plan Review section of the website.
The GRCA provides Title Clearances and general inquiry letters.
Please see the fee schedule for a listing of permit, plan review and inquiry fees.