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Development Charges

The City’s of Ottawa’s 2019 Draft Background Study has been prepared pursuant to the requirements outlined within the Development Charges Act, 1997 (DCA) and is being made available to the public more than 60 days prior to the passing of the By-law and Background Study. The rates calculated represent those which can be recovered under the DCA based on the City’s spending plans and other assumptions that are in line with the legislative requirements of the DCA.

2019 City wide Development Charges Background Study
2019 Stormwater Management Area Specific Development Charges Background Study
2019 Development Charges by-laws

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





2019 Development Charges by-laws

The various Development Charges by-laws are found using the links below. These by-laws provide the guidelines governing the imposition of development charges as well as the respective rates. The development charges rates for general application are found in Schedules B and C of the main Development Charge By-law and there are also area specific rates specified in Schedules K to P. 

These documents are currently available in English only, pending completion of translation. The French version will be available shortly. For more information, please contact Gary Baker at 580-2424, extension 27406.

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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