Front Ending Application

Front Ending Agreements are requested by developers when they wish to advance the building of specific growth-related capital works. The specific works can vary, from intersection controls through to arterial roads and critical sub-surface infrastructure. Works must be included in the City’s Development Charge Background Study and are subject to review for eligibility. Through the agreement, developers agree to finance the design and delivery of the capital works and recover their costs from the City at a later date according to the Council approved budget spending forecast.

Before you begin

Before making an application, you should discuss your proposal with City staff. Please contact the relevant Development Review Manager prior to making an application.

Development Review Areas Manager

Central (Wards 12, 13, 14, 15, 17) - Andrew McCreight

East (Wards 2, 11, urban part of 1, 19 and 20) - Geraldine Wildman

West (Wards 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 23) - Kersten Nitsche

South (Wards 3, 10, 16, 18, 22, 24) - Lily Xu

Rural (Wards 5, 21 rural part of 1, 19 and 20) - Adam Brown

All Wards (non-profit housing providers and school boards) - Allison Hamlin


The fee for a Front Ending Application (effective January 1, 2024) is $34,710.24 (includes $17,648.00 Legal Fee + HST) plus an initial engineering design review and inspection fee of:

  • $1,000 (includes HST) where the value of Hard and Soft Servicing is less than $50,000; or
  • $5,000 (includes HST) where the value of Hard and Soft Servicing is more than $50,000 but less than or equal to $300,000; or
  • $10,000 (includes HST) where the value of Hard and Soft Servicing is greater than $300,000.

Applications may also be subject to an on-site signage fee. The fee is approximately $1,265.60 and will be invoiced directly by the signage company to the applicant. The cost is deemed as development charges eligible and can be included as part of the recovery package.

Please see additional information related to the City’s Development Application Fees including information related to engineering design review and inspections as well as fourth and subsequent engineering reviews.


A formal application form is required to initiate a Front-Ending Agreement. Applications can be submitted to accompanied by required plans, studies and any other information that may be needed to assess your application.

  • Note: If using a file sharing / transfer site to submit supporting documents, please select one that does not restrict access to a single planning staff member or email address.

Front Ending Application Form

Upon application submission, staff will provide confirmation of the amount due, the specific payment methods available for the application type, and the necessary details for the different payment methods.

Application commissioning, fees and payments

Client Service Centres will continue to offer commissioning services for applications and handle payments for new applications. Please ensure the payer’s name and address are indicated on the cheque.


If you require assistance using an electronic application form please contact a Development Information Officer, located at any of the Client Service Centres. You can make an appointment by calling 3-1-1 and asking to speak with a Development Information Officer.