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Submission Cut-Off Dates for 2015 Development Charges Rates

Building permits must be issued prior to Jan. 1, 2016 to be eligible for the 2015 Development Charges rates. Applications are processed within the timeframes mandated by the Province of Ontario.
Please note: Waterloo City Hall is closed on Dec. 25, 28 and Jan. 1, 2016.

Building Permit Submission cut off dates for 2015 Development Charges

**Please note that only building permits issued prior to Jan. 1, 2016 will be eligible for the 2015 Development Charge rates. Submission dates are noted below. Only Complete Building Permit applications received by the Building Department prior to the applicable date will be eligible for the 2015 Development Charges. Your application will be processed within the Province's mandated time frames**

Type of PermitsCut Off Date for COMPLETE submissions
30 DayNov. 17, 2015
20 DayDec. 1, 2015 
15 DayDec. 8, 2015
10 DayDec. 15, 2015

10 Business Day Permit consist of detached house, semi-detached house, townhouse, rowhouse, or an accessory structure not exceeding 55 sq. m. that serves the noted items; or a tent.

15 Business Day Permit consist of a duplex, triplex, building of 3 or fewer storeys in building height and having a building area not exceeding 600 sq. m., used as residential, business and personal services, mercantile or low/medium hazard industrial occupancy.

20 Business Day Permit consists of a building used for an assembly, care or detention, or high hazard industrial occupancy, it also includes a building exceeding 600 sq. m. in area and used for residential, business and personal services, mercantile or low/medium hazard industrial occupancy.

30 Business Day Permit consists of high rise building with interconnected floor space or a post-disaster buildings.

**Consult with your designer or building staff to confirm the type of permit you are applying for.

***City Hall will be closed at 12 noon on Dec. 24 and 31.

Projects that require a building permit

  • Additions
  • Backflow prevention
  • Basement and main-floor walkouts
  • Building renovations and conversions
  • Decks and sheds
  • Demolishing a building or structure on your property
  • Dormers
  • Fireplaces
  • Foundation excavation or construction
  • Garages and carports
  • Heritage alterations
  • New buildings or structure on your property 
  • Plumbing installations or changes
  • Pools and hot tubs
  • Sunrooms and porches
  • Walls - adding and removing
  • Windows and doors - new ones and structural alterations

For additional information refer to our building by-law.

Fees associated with these and other building projects are outlined in our Integrated Planning and Public Works  fee guide.

Building standards year-end statements for 2014 are available for download.