Development charges are one-time fees collected from developers by municipalities at the time a building permit is issued.

The fees collected help pay for a share of growth-related capital infrastructure needs, such as transportation services, other services related to a highway including facilities, vehicles and equipment, protection services, parks and recreation, library services, administration-capital studies, and stormwater management.

The City collects development charges on behalf of the City, the Region of Durham and Durham area school boards.

Update Study

2019 Development Charges Pamphlet 

The new DC rates are effective July 1, 2019 

2017 Development Charges Study

The Development Charges Act, 1997 requires that a study be undertaken no less than every 5 years.

The consolidated version of the Development Charges Background Study incorporating the Background Study as amended and approved by Council on December 11, 2017 is available for review. 

Development Charges By-law

The final Report to Council on the 2017 Development Charges Background Study  and By-law 7595-17 were passed at the Council meeting of December 11, 2017. Development Charges rates presented in Schedule "C" and "D" in By-law 7595-17 approved to be effective January 1, 2018.

Treasurer's Statement

For additional information, please view the May 2019 Executive Committee Report re Development Charges Reserve Fund - 2018 Statement of the Treasurer for the Year Ended December 31, 2018.