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Information for Green Energy Proponents

Possible Project Requirements

To help ensure a timely response, the following minimum information may be requested/required in support of an application made under Section 28 of the Conservation Authorities Act for a renewable energy project. Please consult with your local CA staff member to review the requirements in advance of commencing any studies on the property.


  1. Completed Application Form (with reference number)
  2. Application Fee
  3. Legal Survey of the property
  4. Location Map showing nearest intersections
  5. Letter of Authorization from owner to applicant
  6. Statement of Agreement from any persons sharing right of ways, easements, etc.
  7. Letter/Report describing the proposal, including:
    1. How the site is intended to be used or altered
    2. Relationship to adjacent development, natural system, and natural hazards
    3. Proposed alterations to the site
  8. Four sets of plans/drawings illustrating existing site conditions and proposed development and site alteration, including:
    1. Property boundaries
    2. Existing and proposed grades
    3. Existing and proposed structures or alterations to structures (including location and use of buildings, vehicular entrances, fences and walls, parking lots, exterior site uses and facilities)
    4. Natural hazards
    5. Natural features including watercourses, wetlands, shorelines, dynamic beaches and valleys (as related to flooding and erosion)
    6. Buffers from hazards and features, which should be based on the policies of the local Conservation Authority
    7. All plans also to be provided in digital format
    8. Reduced-sized plans, if possible
    9. Drawings/plans must be stamped, signed and dated by a qualified Professional Engineer
    10. Note: All plans must be metric and folded to 8.5" x 11"


Under each of the Conservation Authority regulations the following hazards/features and any associated allowances/adjacent lands (i.e. setbacks or buffers to natural hazards/heritage features) must be identified (as applicable) through the permit process. Permission for the development in a regulated area will be issued with or without conditions when a Conservation Authority is satisfied that the control of flooding, erosion, dynamic beaches or pollution is not affected. Pre-consultation with the local Conservation Authority will help to determine which constraints (if any) apply.

  1. Erosion Hazard
  2. Flood Hazard
    1. One Zone
    2. Two Zone Policy Areas
    3. Special Policy Area
  3. Wetland and/or Area of Interference
  4. Watercourse(s)
  5. Dynamic beach hazard
  6. Hazardous Lands (unstable soils)