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.