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.

2020/2021 Development Charges Pamphlet 

2019 Development Charges Update Study

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. 

On December 16, 2019, Council approved By-law 7727/19 amending Schedules "C" and "D" of By-law 7595/17.  This amendment is approved to be effective December 17, 2019.

Treasurer's Statement

For additional information, please view the May 2020 Council Report re Development Charges Reserve Fund - 2019 Statement of the Treasurer for the Year Ended December 31, 2019.