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Development Charges

Rates effective August 1, 2018

The various development charge rates will be adjusted by a maximum of 6.2 per cent effective August 1, 2018, however, certain service components will be adjusted by less than 6.2 per cent based on the removal of the principal component of growth-related debt payments from the eligible base costs.  Those service components are the following: Roads and Related Services; Sanitary Sewers (including oversizing payments); Water (including oversizing payments); Public Transit; Recreation Facilities and Protection (Fire  and Police).

Development charges are one-time fees levied by municipalities on new residential and non-residential properties to help pay for a portion of the growth-related capital infrastructure requirements. Development charges are determined and accounted for by type of service component. Growth-related spending authority is approved annually as part of the City's budgeting process with only those capital projects included in the current Development Charges Background Study being eligible for funding. Reserve fund balances are monitored through the capital budget approval process to ensure they are in compliance with the overall funding policies adopted by Council.

Going forward, the City is attempting to balance financial incentives with the commensurate negative impact these policies have on the timing of the construction of growth-related infrastructure projects. Therefore, certain policy refinements have now been introduced into the background study and by-law. 

What are Development Charges? video

Residential Rates 


Single and Semi-detached

(per unit)

Apartment Dwelling, Back to Back and
Stacked Townhouse (2+ bedrooms)

(per unit)

Apartment (less than 2 bedrooms)

(per unit)

Multiple, Row and Mobile Dwelling

(per unit)

Area 1

Inside the Greenbelt





Area 2

Outside the Greenbelt





Area 3

Rural Serviced





Area 3

Rural Unserviced





Non-residential rates 
Rates effective August 1, 2018


Inside the Greenbelt

Outside the Greenbelt

Rural Serviced

Rural Unserviced

Non-Industrial Charge Use $ per square foot





Industrial Charge Use $ per square foot





Redevelopment of Land Credits (Development Charge Credits)

A municipal redevelopment credit may be available if demolition of an existing structure occurs within 10 years of the issuance of a building permit for a new building. After this period, no credit is possible. The time limit was set at 10 years with the enactment of the City's 2014 development charges by-law (Section 9 Redevelopment of Land Credits). Beginning January 1, 2019, the time limit will be limited to development that occurs within a five year period. Thus someone who demolished a building on or before December 31, 2013 will have no entitlement to a credit as of January 1, 2019.

Development Charges Amendment Background Study: Roads and Related Services

The City is currently undergoing a development charge amendment in order to update the Roads and Related Services Schedule.

The update proposes to amend the Intersection Construction List for the West Urban Community to include the intersection of Huntsville Road and Terry Fox Drive.

An amended By-law will be provided to Planning Committee on July 10, 2018 and to City Council on July 11, 2018.

For further information please review the Development Charges Amendment Background Study:  Roads and Related Services


Ann Selfe P.Eng.
Senior Project Manager
Transportation Services Department
City of Ottawa
110 Laurier Avenue West
613-580-2424 ext. 13185


Development Charges Amendment Background Study: Transit and Roads and Related Services

The City is currently undergoing a development charge amendment process in order to update the Public Transit component to incorporate recent changes to legislation. 

Changes to the Development Charges Act include a higher limit on charges for new transit initiatives and the removal of the 10 per cent deduction. 

A new methodology for determining the planned level of service for transit has been added to the Regulations under the Development Charges Act.

An amended Development Charges By-law will be provided to Planning Committee on May 9, 2017 and to City Council on May 24, 2017 for formal approval.

For further information please review the Development Charges Amendment Background Study: Transit and Roads and Related Services.


Gary Baker
Program Coordinator - Development Charges
Planning, Infrastructure and Economic Development Department
City of Ottawa
110 Laurier Avenue West
613-580-2424 ext. 27406
Fax: 613-580-2434

2014 Development Charges Background Study

This document is an Office Consolidation of the City of Ottawa 2014 Development Charge Background Study. The Background Study was dated April 28, 2014 and amended prior to bylaw passage, by the May 12 Addendum and Planning Committee Report 70A, as approved by City Council on June 11, 2014.

2014 Development Charges Background Study [ PDF 8.659 MB ]

Several subsequent amendments have been made and are incorporated into this consolidation as follows:

  • The “2014 Development Charges Update Study”, prepared August 7, 2014 and approved by Council on August 27, 2014. The purpose of this amendment was to include a charge for Affordable Housing Services;
  • The September 22, 2015 Settlement Agreement between the City of Ottawa, the Greater Ottawa Home Builders’ Association and the Business Owners and Managers Association, approved by Council on October 15, 2015. This agreement was put forward to resolve appeals by two major appellants and resulted in reductions to the development charge for the Roads and Related service; and
  • Revisions to the Roads and Related Services as set out in “Development Charges Amendment Background Study: Transit and Roads and Related Services”, dated March 24, 2017 and approved by Council on May 24, 2017.

This consolidation does not incorporate the revisions to the Transit Service as contained in the March 24, 2017 Background Study. The amendment to this service was made pursuant to the requirements of the Development Charges Act amendments that came into effect on January 1, 2016.

This document has been prepared for administrative convenience purposes only. Pages that were revised or added post April 28, 2014 are labelled “(revised)”.

Development Charges - Area-specific

Development charges are the fees levied on residential and non-residential properties within the City of Ottawa. These charges help the City finance a portion of the cost associated with new infrastructure and municipal service expansion needed to support growth.

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Area-Specific Development Charges for Stormwater Management Facilities

Indexing of the various development charge rates occurs annually on August 1.

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Transitional Provisions

12. (1) Subject to subsection (2), the applicable development charge under this by-law for the period from the date of the enactment of this by-law to September 30, 2014 shall be in accordance with the transitional rates and the categories for that period set forth in Schedules "B" and "C" to this by-law.

(2) The development charges in Schedules "J" to "N" shall apply in addition to the amounts applicable pursuant to subsections (1) and (3).

(3) Subject to subsection (2), in respect of non-residential development, subject to site plan approval pursuant to By-law 2002-4 as amended or residential development for an apartment building of five or more storeys, the applicable development charge rate where.

    1. An application for site plan approval is received by August 15, 2014
    2. The site plan application is deemed complete pursuant to City policy by September 2, 2014.
    3. A site plan agreement has been executed by the owner and the City by September 1, 2015;
    4. A building permit is issued by September 1, 2016 that permits construction above grade.

shall be the rate in effect on June 12, 2014 but such rate shall be indexed in accordance with section 18

(4) Residential development on the lands shown on Schedule "E" to By-law 2004- 298, as amended, and residential development fronting on Isabella Street and Chamberlain Avenue between Bronson Avenue and Elgin Street shall continue to be exempt from development charges under this by-law after 31 July 2011 if the owner of the subject lands and the City have signed a site plan agreement in respect of such residential development on or before 31 July 2011.