Development charges

Learn about development charges, the updated development charges bylaw, development fees and how development charges are used for your municipal services.


On this page

  1. About development charges
  2. Fees
  3. 2019 bylaw update
  4. Services funded from development charges
  5. Developments exempt from charges
  6. Development charges for other agencies
  7. Annual statement of the treasurer

About development charges

Development charges pay for increased demand for municipal services resulting from growth. The development charge bylaw applies to all new development and some changes in land use.

2019 bylaw update

City council approved a new development charge bylaw in December 2019.

In accordance with the Development Charges Act (DCA) development charges are now:

  • calculated at either the site plan application date, or zoning bylaw amendment application date, whichever is later - if neither apply the charge is calculated on the building permit issuance date
  • paid on a deferred schedule for institutional, rental housing and non-profit housing, all other developments must pay prior to the issuance of a building permit
  • institutional and rental housing developments are on a deferred payment plan in 6 payments over 5 years starting at occupancy, and 21 payments over 20 years starting at occupancy for non-profit housing

Interest may apply to specific development charges. The interest rate used will be prime + 2%, with prime being the annual interest rate posted on the Bank of Canada's website. View the city's Development Charge Interest Policy for more information on interest charges. 

An early payment agreement may be created between the city and the payee to mitigate interest charges, subject to approval of the city as set out in the DCA.

When making a building permit application, take into consideration the regulated processing time for the scope of work proposed, and additional time to address any outstanding issues identified by a plans examiner.


Fees

The 2019 Development Charges Background Study (PDF) explains how we set our fees. Note that other agencies rate changes may take effect on alternate dates.

 

2018

2019

2020

2021

2022

2022 revised*

Residential            

Single and semi-detached units

$15,098

$15,881

$15,777

$16,140

$18,045

$16,698

Multiple units (including townhouses, masionettes and terrace dwellings)

$10,916

$11,482

$10,377

$10,616

$11,869

$10,983

Apartments with up to one bedroom

$5,807

$6,108

$8,684

 $8,886 $9,935 $9,193

Apartments with two-three bedrooms

$9,893

$10,407

$8,684

$8,886

$9,935

$9,193

Apartments with four or more bedrooms

$20,905

$21,990

$19,453

$19,900

$22,248

$20,589

Lodging houses per bedroom

$4,645

$4,885

$4,517

$4,621

$5,166

$4,781

Non-residential            
Per square metre of floor area  $72.73  $76.49 $71.58 $73.22 $81.85 $71.87

*Effective September 19 2022, new rates will be charged resulting from changes to the Development Charges Act. These changes no longer permit municipalities to collect development charges for cemeteries or parking.

For more information, request our development charges brochure from the city's Integrated Planning and Public Works service desk, located on the second floor of Waterloo City Centre, Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. or email development charges info for a digital copy.


Services funded from development charges

The following services can be funded from development charges:

  • libraries
  • fire services
  • parks and major indoor recreation
  • growth and engineering studies
  • roads and related transportation
  • public works and fleet
  • water supply and wastewater
  • stormwater drainage and control

Developments exempt from charges

The following developments are exempt from development charges under bylaw 2019-064:

  • land owned by and used for a municipality or local board, board of education, or the Crown in right of Ontario or Canada
  • added accommodation to existing residential buildings, construction of second residential units in new buildings (subject to specified restrictions)
  • the enlargement of the gross floor area of an existing industrial building by 50% or less 
  • college or university uses (except commercial and industrial/research development, and development beyond land designated as "academic")
  • accessory use buildings and temporary uses
  • a credit against development charges may be provided where development or redevelopment replaces or changes a former or existing development

Development charges from other agencies

Information for other applicable development charges is available from the:

Annual statement of the treasurer

The annual statement of the treasurer provides details on the development charge reserve fund activity which includes:

  • services covered
  • development charge collections
  • interest earnings
  • funding transfers
  • borrowing
  • landowner credit transactions (if applicable)

This annual statement is available for download or a hard copy is available upon request by visiting the Finance counter located on the first floor of Waterloo City Centre, Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Download the annual statement (PDF)