Properly planned growth in our city is good for everyone, but with new development comes costs to accommodate the new development. This usually includes roads, water and sewer infrastructure, community centres and fire protection.

On this page:

  1. How we set development charges
  2. Bill 108
  3. Central neighbourhood rates
  4. Suburban area rates
  5. Other charges
  6. How to pay your fees

How we set 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.

We conduct a background study on every new development 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 expected 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 support the expected development

For more information, read the 2019 Development Charges Background Study.

The rates listed on this page were effective December 1, 2020.


Bill 108

Please see the Bill 108 letter from our building division for information on:

  • deferral of development charges
  • freezing of development charges

Central neighbourhood rates

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Please note that these charges are subject to change. Reference the 2019 bylaw for clarification.

Residential

  • single detached or semi-detached dwelling: $13,030 per dwelling unit
  • townhouse or row dwelling: $9,149 per dwelling unit
  • multiple or duplex dwelling: $6,585 per dwelling unit
  • lodging house: $3,702 per dwelling unit

Non-residential

  • $21.58 per square metre of gross floor area of building or $2 per square foot

Suburban rates

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Please note that these charges are subject to change. Reference the 2019 bylaw for clarification.

Full services residential

  • single detached or semi-detached: $19,448 per dwelling unit
  • townhouse or row dwelling: $13,656 per dwelling unit
  • multiple or duplex dwelling: $9,831 per dwelling unit
  • lodging house: $5,526 per lodging unit

Partial services residential (no sanitary sewer services)

  • single detached or semi-detached: $17,078 per dwelling unit
  • townhouse or row dwelling: $11,992 per dwelling unit
  • multiple or duplex dwelling: $8,633 per dwelling unit
  • lodging house: $4,853 per lodging unit

Partial services residential (no sanitary sewer or water services)

  • single detached or semi-detached: $16,902 per dwelling unit
  • townhouse or row dwelling: $11,869 per dwelling unit
  • multiple or duplex dwelling: $8,545 per dwelling unit
  • lodging house: $3,994 per lodging unit

Non-residential development

All non-residential costs are based on the gross floor area of the building.

  • full services: $59.84 per square metre or $5.56 per square foot
  • partial services with no sanitary sewer services: $45.38 per square metre or $4.22 per square foot
  • partial services with no sanitary sewer or water services: $44.31 per square metre or $4.12 per square foot

Other charges

Other local organizations also charge development fees:


How to pay your fees

We collect payment of all development charges, including fees charged by the Region of Waterloo and the school boards, when we issue your building permit.

The rates charged are the rates in effect the day the building permit is issued, unless noted otherwise in the Development Charges Act.