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.

COVID-19 Notice: RVCA Planning and Regulation Services

The health, safety and well-being of our clients and staff is our top priority. The Rideau Valley Conservation Authority is responding to the COVID-19 pandemic and making changes in how it delivers its programs and services.

The RVCA has closed its office to the public and staff are working remotely; however, we are moving forward with a business as usual approach. RVCA essential services including planning and permitting remain active.

  • Staff continue to provide service over the phone and through email. Please call 613-692-3571 or 1-800-267-3504 or search online at for a directory of services and contact information.
  • Permits and other hard copy documents can be couriered or dropped off or delivered in our drop box at the RVCA Administrative office at Box 599, 3889 Rideau Valley Drive, Manotick ON K4M 1A5 or emailed to the appropriate staff member.
  • Payment can be taken over the phone at 613-692-3571 ext. 1100.
  • Onsite inspections will only be conducted without any other persons on site. Should anyone be onsite during visits, we ask that they remain inside their homes or vehicles and that they speak to our inspectors by phone during the visit.

We will continue to monitor the situation and reassess as more information becomes available. Please check the RVCA website and social media platforms for updates. Your patience and cooperation are appreciated.

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