Development charges

Suburbs

Kitchener is an attractive place for land developers - and properly planned growth in our city is good for everyone.

But, with new development comes the cost to maintain the infrastructure needed to accommodate the new development, including roads, water and sewer infrastructure, community centres and fire protection.

Development charges help cover those costs to help ensure minimal burden is put on you - the taxpayer. Check out this video, 'The world of development charges,' or review our development charges background study to learn more.

How we determine development charges

The fees we charge are regulated by Ontario's Development Charges Act - a set of guidelines every municipality in the province must follow.

Background studies on every new development is conducted to determine the fees we'll charge. Each study includes:

  • A forecast of the number, type and location of planned housing units, population and non-residential development anticipated in the city.
  • The average capital service levels we've provided over the previous 10 years.
  • Future capital projects, which includes analyzing gross expenditures, funding sources and net expenditures that we've either incurred or will incur, to provide for the expected development.

Current Development Charges

Typically, new development-charge rates take effect on Jan. 1 each year. Our 2018 rates are as follows:

 

Full services - central neighbourhoods

Full services - suburban area

Partial services - suburban area
(no sanitary sewer services)

Partial services - suburban area
(no sanitary sewer or water services)

Residential development

Single detached or semi-detached dwelling

$5,781/
dwelling unit

$11,096/
dwelling unit

$9,552/
dwelling unit

$9,329/
dwelling unit

Townhouse
or street townhouse dwelling

$4,096/
dwelling unit

$7,861/
dwelling unit

$6,767/
dwelling unit

$6,609/
dwelling unit

Multiple or
duplex dwelling

$3,190/
dwelling unit

$6,124/
dwelling unit

$5,273/
dwelling unit

$5,149/
dwelling unit

Lodging house

$1,758/
lodging unit

$3,374/ lodging unit

$2,905/
lodging unit

$2,837/
lodging unit

Non-residential development***

Gross floor area
of building

$17.27/
square metre ($1.60/
square foot)

$57.14/
square metre ($5.31/
square foot)

$46.01/
square metre ($4.27/
square foot)

$44.49/
square metre ($4.13/
square foot)

***From now to March 1, 2019, industrial development will be charged 50 per cent of the non-residential development charge rate. After March 1, 2019, industrial development will be charged the non-residential development charge rate. For the purpose of determining the development charge, definition 2.9 (existing industrial building) will be used.

To determine our development-charge rates in your area, download the following maps:

You can also review our development-charge bylaw for more information.

 

 

Effective January 1, 2019: 

                               Full services - central neighbourhoods Full services -suburban area

Partial services - suburban area 
(no sanitary sewer services)

Partial services -suburban area 
(no sanitary sewer or
water services)
Residential development
       

Single detached or semi-detached dwelling

 

$6,030/ 
dwelling unit

 

$11,573/ 
dwelling unit

 

$9,963/ 
dwelling unit

 

$9,730/ 
dwelling unit

 

Townhouse 
or street townhouse dwelling

 

$4,272/ 
dwelling unit

 

$8,199/ 
dwelling unit

 

$7,058/ 
dwelling unit

 

$6,893/
dwelling unit

 

Multiple or 
duplex dwelling

 

$3,327/
dwelling unit

 

$6,387/ 
dwelling unit

 

$5,500/ 
dwelling unit

 

$5,370/ 
dwelling unit

 

Lodging house

 

$1,834/ 
lodging unit

 

$3,519/ lodging unit

 

$3,030/ 
lodging unit

 

$2,959/ 
lodging unit

 

Non-residential development***        

Gross floor area 
of building

 

$18.01/ square metre ($1.67/ square foot) $59.60/ 
square metre ($5.54/ 
square foot)
$47.99/ 
square metre ($4.46/ 
square foot)
$46.40/ 
square metre ($4.31/ 
square foot)

 

 

Other possible development charges

Please keep in mind, other local organizations also charge development fees:

How to pay your fees

We collect payment of all development charges - including our own and fees charged by the Region of Waterloo and the school boards -- when we issue each building permit. The rates charged are the rates in effect the day the building permit is issued.

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