Development charges are fees collected from developers at the time a building permit is issued.
The fees help pay for the cost of infrastructure required to provide municipal services to new development, such as roads, transit, water and sewer infrastructure, community centres and fire and police facilities.
Most municipalities in Ontario use development charges to ensure that the cost of providing infrastructure to service new development is not borne by existing residents and businesses in the form of higher property taxes.
2013 Development Charges Bylaw Review
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Development Charges Bylaws and Amendments
Council enacted the current development charge bylaw on February 25, 2009. Amendments to the bylaw were enacted in December 2009 and October 2011.
The development charges rates are set out in the following schedule and apply to residential development based on the number and type of dwelling units and non-residential development based on non-residential gross floor area, as applicable.
Lands affected include all lands within the geographic area of the City of Toronto, and the bylaw applies whether or not the land or use is exempt from property taxation.
Schedule of development charges
Indexing and Phase-in
The development charge rates are indexed on February 1st each year using the most recent annual change in the Statistics Canada Quarterly Capital Expenditure Price Statistics, as prescribed by the Development Charges Act.
Except for an annual indexing adjustment, the City of Toronto froze the development charge rates at 2009 levels for approximately two years. Beginning on February 1, 2011, and annually thereafter, the adopted increase in the charges will be phased-in over a period of four years depending on the level of residential development activity in the City. Please review the bylaw for further details.
There are a number of exemptions legislated by the Development Charges Act, 1997, such as the creation of up to two additional units in an existing single detached dwelling, subject to prescribed restrictions. The City of Toronto has allowed for a number of other exemptions and interested parties should review the bylaw or consult with City staff for further details.
Timing of calculation and payment
Generally, development charges are calculated, payable and collected on the date an above grade building permit is issued.
Development charges assist in funding growth-related capital costs for the following services:
Emergency medical services
Parks and recreation
Roads and related
Spadina Subway extension
Storm water management
Education development charges
Please note that Education Development Charges may apply to your project. For more information, visit:
For further information on development charges:
Calculation and payment:
Toronto Building Division
|North York District
5100 Yonge Street
East York District
100 Queen Street West
150 Borough Drive
399 The West Mall
General, technical and policy matters:
(including staff reports and the 2008 Development Charge Background Study, as amended):
The information contained herein is intended only as a guide to the City of Toronto's policy with respect to development charges. Interested parties should review Bylaw 275-2009, Bylaw 1195-2009 and Bylaw 1228-2011 or consult with the Toronto Building Division to determine charges that may apply for specific land development proposals.