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Development Charges Exemptions

A number of exemptions are legislated under the Development Charges Act, 1997. Further, the Region will provide a redevelopment credit for certain demolitions. Reference should be made to the Region's various development charge by-laws including #16-2013, #47-2012, and #86-2001 concerning these exemptions. Please contact Development Approvals at 905-668-7711 if you have any questions regarding the exemptions and/or demolition credits.

Purpose of Development Charges

New development generates capital costs which should be financed from this new development. Development charges are a viable capital funding source to recover the net cost of these capital expenditures. In arriving at the net cost, allowance is made for provincial and/or federal grants, where applicable, and other sources of funding as well as the other deductions required by the Development Charges Act, 1997.

By-law No. 16-2013, 47-2012 & 86-2001
Development Charges for the Regional Municipality of Durham

On April 24, 2013, in accordance with the Development Charges Act, 1997, the Council of the Regional Municipality of Durham passed By-law # 16-2013, effective July 1, 2013 for the imposition of uniform development charges against all lands within the boundaries of the Region that are developed for residential and non-residential uses (with the exception of the Seaton community for the water and sewer components).

The Council of the Regional Municipality of Durham passed By-law # 47-2012 on November 21, 2012, effective January 1, 2013 and was subsequently amended on May 15, 2013 (By-law # 23-2013) which imposes a Regional Transit residential and non-residential use development charge against all lands within the boundaries of the Region.

The Council of the Regional Municipality of Durham passed By-law # 86-2001 on December 5, 2001 and was subsequently amended on November 23, 2011 (By-law # 62-2011) and on May 15, 2013 (By-law # 24-2013) which imposes a GO Transit residential development charge against all lands within the boundaries of the Region.

The Region's development charges are set out in the following schedules and are effective as of July 1, 2016. The Region's residential development charges will apply to most new residential buildings and certain expansions. The Region's commercial, industrial and institutional development charges will apply for Water Supply, Sanitary Sewerage, Regional Roads and Regional Transit and applies to most types of new non-residential buildings and certain expansions.

All Regional development charges will be indexed annually in accordance with the annual change in the Statistics Canada Quarterly Construction Price Index.

Collection Policy

The Region's collection policy with respect to the payment of residential development charges for a plan of subdivision is as follows:

  • Charges for water supply, sanitary sewerage and Regional roads are payable immediately upon signing of the subdivision agreement, or at the owner's election, 50% upon the execution of the subdivision agreement and 50% upon the 1st anniversary, or at building permit if sooner, with payment to be secured by a letter of credit in the amount of 55% of the original Regional Development Charges payable.
  • Charges for Long Term Care, Emergency Medical Services, GO Transit, Regional Transit, Regional Police Services, Health and Social Services and Development Related Studies are payable at building permit issuance.

Charges for other types of residential development and all non-residential development are payable at building permit issuance. Charges are calculated and payable at the rate in existence when payment is due. All Regional development charges payable at building permit issuance are collected by the area municipality and forwarded to the Region.

Services Included

  • Regional Roads
  • Regional Transit
  • GO Transit
  • Regional Police Services
  • Emergency Medical Services
  • Long Term Care
  • Health and Social Services
  • Development Related Studies
  • Water Supply System and Sanitary Sewerage

Statement of Treasurer

Each year the Regional Treasurer will document the continuity of each Development Charge Reserve Fund, inclusive of services covered, draws, interest earnings, development charge collections, borrowings and landowner credit transactions.

The annual statement by the Treasurer of the Region regarding the Development Charge Reserve Funds will be available by June 30th of the subsequent year and may be reviewed by the public in the offices of the Regional Clerk at the following address during regular business hours.

Overview of Development Charges

  • By-law #16-2013 became effective on July 1, 2013
  • By-law #44-2008 expired on July 1, 2013
  • By-law #47-2012 became effective on January 1, 2013
  • By-law #23-2013 became effective on July 1, 2013
  • By-law #67-2007 expired on January 1, 2013
  • By-law #86-2001 became effective December 5, 2001
  • By-law #62-2011 became effective on November 23, 2011
  • By-law #24-2013 became effective on July 1, 2013
  • the residential charge varies by type of dwelling and Regional services available
  • the commercial, industrial and institutional charge varies by building floor area and Regional services available
  • there are additional area specific development charges for water supply and sanitary sewerage services in the Carruthers Creek area in the Town of Ajax - please refer to the relevant Information Pamphlets which are available from the Regional Clerk at the address shown on page 6.

Purpose of Development Charges

Each new residential and non-residential unit and the corresponding occupancy of that unit generate capital costs which should be financed from this new development. Area Specific development charges are a viable capital funding source to recover the net cost of these capital expenditures which are specific to the Carruthers Creek Service Area. In arriving at the net cost, allowance is made for provincial and/or federal grants, where applicable, and other sources of funding as well as the other deductions required by the Development Charges Act, 1997.

By-law No. 17-2013

On April 24, 2013, in accordance with the Development Charges Act, 1997, the Council of the Regional Municipality of Durham passed By-law # 17-2013 (effective July 1, 2013) for the imposition of area specific development charges against all lands within the Carruthers Creek service area generally bounded by Pickering Beach Road, Taunton Road, Audley Road and Lake Ontario that are developed for residential and non-residential uses (refer to key map on page 3).

By-law No. 18-2013

On April 24, 2013, in accordance with the Development Charges Act, 1997, the Council of the Regional Municipality of Durham passed By-law No. 18-2013 (effective July 1, 2013) for the imposition of area specific development charges against all lands within the Carruthers Creek service area generally bounded by Pickering Beach Road, Highway #2, Audley Road and Lake Ontario that are developed for residential and non-residential uses.

Overview of Development Charges (Sanitary Sewerage)

  • The development charge is for sanitary sewerage service in the Carruthers Creek area
  • Effective July 1, 2016, the area specific development charge for sanitary sewerage services will be $14,976 per net developable hectare
  • The charge will be indexed on July 1st of each year in accordance with the annual change in the Statistics Canada Quarterly Construction Price Index
  • The charge will be applicable to all development for which an approval will be issued during the 5-year term of the by-law
  • There is no credit for redevelopment

Overview of Development Charges (Water Supply)

  • The development charge is for water supply service in the Carruthers Creek area
  • Effective July 1, 2016, the charge will be $38,536 per net developable hectare
  • The charge will be indexed on July 1st of each year in accordance with the annual change in the Statistics Canada Quarterly Construction Price Index
  • The charge will be applicable to all development for which an approval is issued during the 5-year term of the by-law
  • There is no credit for redevelopment

Statement of Treasurer

Each year the Regional Treasurer will document the continuity of each Development Charge Reserve Fund, inclusive of services covered, draws, interest earnings, development charge collections, borrowings and landowner credit transactions.

The annual statement by the Treasurer of the Region regarding the Development Charge Reserve Funds will be available by June 30th of the subsequent year and may be reviewed by the public in the offices of the Regional Clerk at the following address during regular business hours.