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Permit Review Process

Your Development, Interference with Wetlands and Alterations to Shorelines and Watercourses permit application will be assessed by Saugeen Conservation staff to determine whether the proposed works will affect:

  • flooding
  • erosion
  • dynamic beaches
  • pollution
  • conservation of land

After this review, if your application is acceptable then Saugeen Conservation staff will issue a permit to you.  The permit may include conditions.  Under some circumstances, such as when a permit will be valid for a time period longer than 24 months, the permit may only be approved by the Executive Committee of Saugeen Conservation, rather than by staff.

Writable Forms

If you have spoken with staff and have been instructed to fill out either an Application to Alter a Watercourse, or an Application to Alter a Regulated Area, please find them listed below.:

Should You Be Declined

Before Saugeen Conservation may refuse to grant permission for your project, you have the opportunity to attend a hearing before the Executive Committee. 

If you request a hearing you will be notified as to the date and time.  At the hearing you may present your application to the Committee.  Upon hearing the submission of the applicant and reviewing other information submitted, the Executive Committee will make its decision. 

If permission is refused, you will be notified of the reason(s) in writing.  Within 30 days of receipt of the notice of refusal, you may appeal to the Minister of Natural Resources.  The Minister's office will assign the appeal to the Mining and Lands Commissioner, who may dismiss the appeal or grant permission.

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