Growth related charges and development guidelines

Development charges

Learn more about why we have development charges and see the latest rates for different building types.

Accessibility standards

Our accessibility guide applies provincial standards and best practices to remove barriers for people with disabilities.


Urban Design Manual

The Urban Design Manual details our design objectives standards and priorities. Download or pick up the latest version at city hall.

Engineering and landscape manual

Download our manual related to the design, construction, landscape and maintenance of developments projects in Waterloo.

Privately owned publicly accessible spaces

Download our guide to privately owned publicly accessible spaces (POPS) and see examples of POPS.

Community benefits charge and parkland conveyance

Learn more about the community benefits charge bylaw related to higher density development and the parkland conveyance bylaw.

Learn about affordable housing initiatives

Learn what the city is doing to help increase the number of affordable housing units in the City of Waterloo.

View the terms of reference for development applications

Find minimum requirements for plans, studies and reports submitted to the City of Waterloo in support of development applications.