Development charges

Development charges help the city pay for increased demand for municipal services resulting from growth. The development charge bylaw (PDF) applies to all new development and certain changes in use in the city.

Watch: explaining development charges (3:40)

In accordance with the Development Charges Act and the Education Act, development charges are calculated and paid at the time of building permit issuance.

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.

2019 development charge bylaw update

On October 21, 2019, city council will receive the following for review:

If you require a document in a different format, contact Heather Lagonia at 519-747-8774, TTY (for deaf) 1-866-786-3941 or

The staff report contains an overview of the various aspects surrounding this process. Timelines for the development charge (DC) bylaw update are as follows:

  • October 17: DC Background Study published on city website
  • October 21:  DC update report to city council
  • November 18: DC formal public meeting
  • December 16: DC bylaw approval by city council
  • December 31: new DC rates take effect

A notice for the November 18, 2019 formal pubic meeting will be advertised in the Waterloo Chronicle on October 17 and 24, 2019.

Services eligible to be funded from development charges

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


  • rates are indexed annually on January 1 per the latest Non-residential Building Construction Price Index
  • other agencies’ rate changes may take effect on alternate dates - contact the applicable agency directly for more information
  • the city's development charges info brochure (PDF) summarizes how fees are charged for municipal services
  • our 2017 Development Charges Background Study (PDF) explains how we set our fees








Single and semi-detached units






Multiple units (including townhouses, masionettes and terrace dwellings)






Apartments with up to one bedroom






Apartments with two-three bedroom






Apartments with four-five bedrooms






Lodging houses per bedroom for six or more






Per square metre of floor area  $67.29  $67.63  $68.51  $72.73  $76.49

Other agencies' development charges

Detailed information for other applicable development charges can be found on the following websites: