What happens if a violation of the Act occurs?

Under the Act and the bylaw, the property owner is ultimately responsible for any violations of the law and regulations. Violations occur when a person fails to obtain a permit from the Commission or fails to comply with the conditions of a permit. A violation will trigger a communication from the commission. Depending on the nature of the violation, it will informally request compliance or issue a formal Enforcement Order. Violations are punishable by a maximum fine of $25,000 and/or not more than two years of imprisonment. In addition, the property owner is usually required to restore altered resource areas and buffer zones to their original condition. This requirement can be costly and time consuming. It is always less costly to communicate with the commission before undertaking work and obtain the necessary permit rather than to violate the Act.

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1. What are wetlands, floodplains and riverfronts?
2. Why are wetlands, floodplains and riverfronts protected?
3. How are boundaries of wetlands and floodplains identified?
4. What activities are subject to the Wetlands Protection Act?
5. What if work is planned in or near a resource area?
6. What happens if a violation of the Act occurs?
7. What other wetland related regulations may apply?
8. How can I get more information?