Dock and Boathouse Permits – Municipal Building Departments and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry

15 June 2017

On March 22, 2017 Bill 27, Burden Reduction Act, received Royal Assent. This Bill affects several acts, including the Public Lands Act. There are regulations under the Act that are related to requirements for permits (e.g. for docks, single story boathouses) which are still being written and reviewed by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF). There will also be an opportunity for public consultation.

At the heart of the matter is a decision by Justice Perell in June of 2015. This Risk Considerations will discuss the decision and its impact on municipalities. 

Download our latest Risk Considerations (PDF) for more information.