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Property Inquiries

How Do TRCA Policies and Regulations Affect the Property Owner or Potential Buyer?

The TRCA regulates and may prohibit work from taking place within valley and stream corridors, wetlands and associated areas of and the Lake Ontario waterfront.

If proposed works are located within a regulated area, the owner must apply for a Development, Interference with Wetlands and Alterations to Shorelines and Watercourses permit from the Conservation Authority. Carrying out works without an Authority permit may result in a fine and prosecution under the Conservation Authorities Act.

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What can the TRCA do for Potential Buyers of a Property?

To assist owners and potential buyers, the TRCA provides a Property Inquiry Service. Current owners, potential buyers, or lawyers and real estate agents acting on behalf of their clients may request information about a particular property. The TRCA will provide a letter stating whether a property is likely to be affected by Authority policies and regulations and if there are any previous or outstanding violations on the property. This letter provides a formal record of the inquiry and provides valuable information to the client when making decisions to purchase, build on, re-grade or alter natural features on the site. In other cases, the letter serves as official confirmation that the property is not affected by Authority policies and regulations, and provides the client with added peace of mind. The TRCA staff cannot advise you on whether or not to purchase a property; we provide the facts to help you make an educated decision.

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How Does the Property Inquiry Service Work?

The Property Inquiry Service has been provided by the TRCA for many years. Due to the increased volume of inquiries over the last few years and the information required to conduct a review, the TRCA has focused its inquiry service on written requests. A fee is charged to cover the cost of reviewing each individual site and a formal, written response is issued. Staff require at least two weeks to reply.

To ensure that you are forwarding the necessary information. Please see submission requirements by opening the following document:

Property Inquiry Submission Checklist - [245K] Adobe Acrobat is needed to open this file

The representative/landowner is strongly encouraged to submit a formal, written request - particularly for properties adjacent to or encompassing a ravine, slope, watercourse, wetland, pond, lake, or woodlot or for any large properties with multiple-lots or multiple units.

For immediate planning assistance, our staff are available between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. to receive your general inquiries. However, we still require a legal survey or detailed property information as a basis for our property search.

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