Scene at the beach
Credit E. Hartlen

The Long Point Region Conservation Authority (LPRCA) performs a number of important roles in the land use planning and development process. In these roles, LPRCA derives its authority from the Conservation Authorities Act and its associated Regulations, and from the Ontario Planning Act.

The LPRCA has the responsibility to regulate activities in flood plains and hazardous areas in order to:

  • prevent the loss of life and property due to flooding and erosion, and
  • protect features and functions of dynamic beaches, watercourses and wetlands

This is done through the application of regulations affecting areas in and near rivers streams, floodplains, wetlands, slopes and the Lake Erie shoreline. LPRCA is authorized under Section 28 of the Conservation Authorities Act to implement and enforce the Development, Interference with Wetlands and Alterations to Shorelines and Watercourses Regulation (Ontario Regulation 178/06).

The LPRCA also works with municipalities to review development applications under the Ontario Planning Act to ensure they meet local and provincial guidelines.

Before undertaking any work on your property, it is best to call ahead and see if you live in a regulated area and if your project requires a permit.