Regulations & Planning

The Rideau Valley Conservation Authority (RVCA) conserves and protects natural resources in the Rideau River valley for the benefit of everyone. The RVCA believes that sound land use and municipal planning is a critical part of protecting our land and water. It is also essential to preventing the loss of life and property damage due to flooding and erosion.

As part of this mandate, the RVCA:

  • Regulates construction in and along environmentally sensitive areas such as floodplains, steep slopes, wetlands, shorelines and waterways (Ontario Regulation 174/06 — Development, Interference with Wetlands and Alterations to Shorelines and Watercourses Regulation)
  • Reviews development proposals (municipal plan / Planning Act review) within or adjacent to natural areas
  • Administers Part 8 of the Ontario Building Code on behalf of the City of Ottawa and Tay Valley Township by reviewing and issuing Building Permits for construction, enlargement and/or alteration of sewage disposal systems.

Our team of staff work towards clean water, natural shorelines and sustainable land use throughout the watershed.

Contact Us

Rideau Valley Conservation Authority
3889 Rideau Valley Drive
Manotick, Ontario K4M 1A5

613-692-3571, 1-800-267-3504



Regular Hours: Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Member of: conservation ontario