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Niagara Parks Land Use Permits & Applications

Under the Niagara Parks Act, its accompanying Regulation 829 and Section 38 of the Public Transportation and Highway Improvement Act, the Niagara Parkway is classified as a controlled-access highway. The legislation sets out the circumstances when a permit is required for adjacent landowners and contractors for various uses of Niagara Parks lands and surrounding properties.

This page sets out the different land uses that require permits pursuant to the above legislation.

It is important to note NPC’s jurisdiction in some cases extends 800 metres beyond NPC’s boundary.

Entrance Permits

An entrance (driveway) permit is required when a residential property owner is seeking to construct a new driveway access or modify an existing driveway access. Niagara Parks has approved a set of guidelines for residential driveways which can be found below.

When submitting your application for an entrance (driveway) permit, you will be required to include the following:

  • Certificate of liability insurance coverage in the amount of $5 million dollars and naming The Niagara Parks Commission as an additional insured
  • Construction drawings, site maps and/or site layout
  • Route map for any heavy vehicles/oversized loads travelling on the Parkway
  • Fee payment and security deposit
  • Restoration of site and Niagara Parks lands at the sole cost of the owner to NPC standards

Bait Permits

A bait permit is required for activities such as catching minnows for commercial sale. The applicant must provide proof of a valid Commercial Bait Licence from the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry.
When submitting your application for a bait permit, you will be required to include the following:

  • Certificate of liability insurance coverage in the amount of $5 million dollars and naming The Niagara Parks Commission as an additional insured
  • Location map
  • Fee payment

Sign Permits

Sign permits are required for anyone wishing to erect a permanent or temporary sign (including sandwich boards and realty signs) or other advertising devices within 400 metres of NPC lands in accordance with the Niagara Parks Act, its accompanying Regulation 829 and Section 38 of the Public Transportation and Highway Improvement Act. Additionally, Niagara Parks Visual Identity Policy – Sign Procedures provides guidelines on setbacks, size, and design which will need to be adhered to when applying for a sign permit.
When submitting your application for a sign permit, you will be required to include the following:

  • Location map
  • Sign specifications including design, material, size, height, any illumination
  • Annual sign permits are issued to permit holders for their permanent signage upon payment of fees as established by the Commission.

Fruit Stand Permits

Similar to a sign permit, under the authority of Section 38 of the Public Transportation and Highway Improvement Act, permits are required for anyone wishing to erect fruit stands adjacent to NPC land. These fruit stands will only be permitted to property owners of adjacent land that is abutting NPC lands outside of the urban boundary.
The “urban boundary” includes:
1. All properties adjacent Commission lands, south of the Welland River, Niagara Falls to Bowen Road in Fort Erie.
2. All properties adjacent Commission lands between York Road (Regional Road 81), Queenston and John Street, Niagara-on-the-Lake.
When submitting your application for a fruit stand permit, you will be required to include the following:

  • Location map
  • Fee payment
  • Note any signage associated with the fruit stand; a sign permit will be required for any permanent or temporary signage in connection with the fruit stand

Annual fruit stand and associated sign permits are issued to permit holders upon payment of fees established by the Commission.

Heavy or Oversized Load Permits

The Niagara Parks Act and its accompanying Regulation 829 provide that any vehicle that has a gross weight exceeding 5,000 kilograms, or a vehicle or combination of vehicles that transmits to the ground a weight in excess of 5,000 kilograms are only permitted within the Parks if it has obtained written permission by the Commission.
Heavy vehicle permits are required when the Niagara River Parkway is the only means of transporting a heavy load from origin to destination. The Niagara River Parkway is to be utilized only for the shortest distance possible between these points.
When submitting your application for a heavy vehicle permit, you will be required to include the following:

  • Certificate of liability insurance coverage in the amount of $5 million dollars and naming The Niagara Parks Commission as an additional insured
  • Route map for any heavy vehicles/oversized loads travelling on the Parkway
  • Truck and load information including contents and/or material (if items are considered hazardous, an environmental action plan and TDG Certificate are required)
  • Fee payment and security deposit

Shorewell and Waterline Permits

In areas where there is no municipal water service and it is determined that a cistern or well is not suitable for the site, adjacent homeowners may apply for a shorewell and waterline permit for their individual needs.

Adjacent property owners/farms requiring water lines for irrigation or other purposes will also be required to enter into a licence agreement with Niagara Parks for the installation and ongoing maintenance and responsibility of the waterline. Niagara Parks makes no warranty or guarantee of any kind as to the potability of the water and it is solely at the risk of the homeowner.

There are strict guidelines to follow when installing a new shorewell and waterline and the permit holder may be required to consult with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans in the process. Applicants are also required to adhere to the Niagara Parks Specifications and Guidelines related to the installation of shorewells and waterlines.

When submitting your application for a shorewell and waterline permit, you will be required to include the following:

For an Existing Shorewell and Waterline:

  • Certificate of liability insurance coverage in the amount of $5 million dollars and naming The Niagara Parks Commission as an additional insured
  • Construction drawings
  • Location map
  • Fee payment and security deposit
  • Licence agreement
  • Restoration of site and Niagara Parks lands at the sole cost of the owner to NPC standards

For a New Shorewell and Waterline:

  • Certificate of liability insurance coverage in the amount of $5 million dollars and naming The Niagara Parks Commission as an additional insured
  • Construction drawings
  • Location map
  • Reference Plan registered on title to lands
  • Fee payment and security deposit
  • Licence agreement
  • Archaeological Assessment Stage 1-2 (minimum), possible Marine Archaeological Assessment
  • Environmental Impact Study
  • Tracer wire to be installed
  • Restoration of site and Niagara Parks lands at the sole cost of the owner to NPC standards

Consent and Access Agreements – Utility Permits

For utility companies wishing to install utility infrastructure and equipment on or across Niagara Parks lands, a Consent and Access Agreement is required along with any associated land use permits.
When submitting your application for a utility permit, you will be required to include the following:

  • Certificate of liability insurance coverage in the amount of $5 million dollars and naming The Niagara Parks Commission as an additional insured
  • Existing Master Consent and Access Agreement, if already established
  • Fee payment and security deposit
  • Route map for any heavy vehicles/oversized loads travelling on the Parkway
  • Construction drawings

Shoreline Dock Licences

For applicants wishing to apply for a shoreline dock licence, please visit our webpage for additional information.

Construction Permits

For applicants wishing to access Niagara Parks lands for construction-related activities or any other similar purpose, please contact Niagara Parks staff.

Access Permits

For applicants wishing to access Niagara Parks lands for the purposes of research or any other similar purpose, please contact Niagara Parks staff.

General Terms and Conditions

Please note that all approved land use permits are subject to Niagara Parks Permit General Terms and Conditions.

Additional Requirements

When beginning the process of obtaining a permit, individuals are reminded they should also be contacting all other governing authorities, to ensure all requisite local, provincial and federal laws/regulations/guidelines are followed.

Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake
City of Niagara Falls
Town of Fort Erie
Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority
Ministry of Natural Resources
Ministry of Environment
Department of Fisheries and Oceans
Ontario OneCall

All contractors are required to adhere to Niagara Parks Contractor Safety Guidelines.

Niagara Parks Specifications

Residential Driveways Information Package
Tree Preservation Specifications
Specifications for Soil Preparation, Hydroseeding and Sodding
Engineering Specifications for Tracer Wires
Contractor Safety Guidelines

Payment Options

Options for payment of permit fees and security deposits include:

  1. Complete the credit card authorization form and submit via fax to NPC Revenue Office (905) 356-9312;
  2. Drop off a cheque to Niagara Parks staff at 7805 Niagara River Parkway, Niagara Falls ON.

General Inquires

For general inquiries, please contact our guest services centre Toll Free at 1 (877) 642-7275 or email info@niagaraparks.com.

If you are contemplating any actions covered by the above noted legislation, please complete and submit a Permit Application Form to properties@niagaraparks.com.