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Development Applications, Forms and Fees

2021 Regional Review Fees

Regional Official Plan Amendment (ROPA)

DescriptionFee
Regional Official Plan Amendment Application Fee $18,310
ROPA - Urban Area Boundary Expansion $36,360
ROPA - To establish or expand a pit or quarry* $115,025

For all ROPAs, applicants will be responsible for paying the full cost of advertising, plus HST.

*In addition to the fees set out above for Pits and Quarries (New and expansion fees), the owner/applicant shall bear any and all costs pertaining to Peer Reviews and for an Aggregate Advisor, if required. The owner/applicant shall be required to sign a cost acknowledgement agreement which must be signed and submitted as part of the application.

Local Official Plan Amendments

DescriptionFee
Major Official Plan Amendment Review
(Change in land use designation, conversion or significant change in policy direction)
$9,815
Minor Official Plan Amendment Review
(Change in policy)
$5,235
Technical Official Plan Amendment Review (Limited scope of Provincial/Regional interests affected) $535

Additional fees apply for Stormwater, Urban Design, Hydrogeology, EIS and/or Private Sewage Systems Reviews, as required (Refer to Additional Fees section).

Secondary Plans

DescriptionFee
Secondary Plans - Privately Initiated (Fee includes Secondary Plan fee, Urban Design Review, Engineering Review and OPA Review) $13,595

Subdivision, Vacant Land Condominium or Common Element Condominium

Description Fee

Draft Plan Review (Based on the entire area of the subdivision or condominium)

$5,235 (base fee) + $1,160 per hectare to a maximum of $22,840

Revisions to Submission by Applicant (Prior to Draft Plan Approval) $1,315
Modification of Draft Plan Approval $2,625
Extension of Draft Plan Approval (For plans granted approval in or after 2006) $1,315
Extension of Draft Plan Approval (For plans approved prior to 2006) $2,625
Clearance of Draft Plan Conditions (Per phase) $2,625

Additional fees apply for Stormwater, Urban Design, Hydrogeology, EIS and/or Private Sewage Systems Reviews, as required (Refer to Additional Fees section)

Standard Condominium

DescriptionFee
Combined Standard Condominium and Site Plan Review Fee $3,930
Plan of Standard Condominium Review (Where site plan is not required) $2,625
Revisions to Submission by Applicant (Prior to approval) $1,315
Modification of Standard Draft Plan of Condominium Approval $660
Extension of Standard Draft Plan of Condominium Approval (For plans approved in or after 2006) $730
Extension of Standard Draft Plan of Condominium Approval (For plans approved prior to 2006) $1,445
Clearance of Draft Plan Conditions $730

Additional fees apply for Stormwater, Urban Design, Hydrogeology, EIS and/or Private Sewage Systems Reviews, as required (Refer to Additional Fees section)

Zoning By-law Amendments

Applies to applications that involve a Regional response in accordance with the Memorandum of Understanding, as amended.

DescriptionFee
Zoning By-law Amendment Review $1,315

Agricultural Purposes Only (APO) zoning amendment**

$425
Revision to Submission by Applicant (Prior to approval) $660

Removal of Holding (H) Symbol (Where the Holding Symbol was requested by the Region)

$660

**Where the Region or Local Area Municipality has requested an APO zone as a condition of severance there will be no charge for the APO application.

Additional fees apply for Stormwater, Urban Design, Hydrogeology, EIS and/or Private Sewage Systems Reviews, as required (Refer to Additional Fees section)

Site Plans

Applies to applications that involve a Regional response in accordance with the Memorandum of Understanding, as amended.

Description Fee
Major Site Plans and Site Plan Amendments (Applications which entail a Regional response if the subject property is located on a Regional Road or there are Regional infrastructure/facilities located nearby or the application has a Regional or Provincial issue as determined by the Local Municipal Planner) $1,315
Minor Site Plans and Site Plan Amendments (Minor Site Plans, requiring Waste Collection Review, Entrance Permits, Encroachment Permits, Sign Permits) $535
Revision to Submission by Applicant (Prior to approval) $660
Review of Waste Management only $425
Clearance of Site Plan Conditions $1,315

Additional fees apply for Stormwater, Urban Design, Hydrogeology, EIS and/or Private Sewage Systems Reviews, as required (Refer to Additional Fees section)

Consents

Applies to applications that involve a Regional response in accordance with the Memorandum of Understanding, as amended.

DescriptionFee
Consent Review - Within Urban Areas $630 (Per application)
Consent Review - Rural/Outside Urban Areas $885 (Per application)

Final Certification Fee

Active consent files still remaining under the authority of the Region will be subject to a Final Certification fee, payable upon request for final certification, prior to registration.

$270

Additional fees apply for Stormwater, Urban Design, Hydrogeology, EIS and/or Private Sewage Systems Reviews, as required (Refer to Additional Fees section)

Minor Variances

Applies to applications that involve a Regional response in accordance with the Memorandum of Understanding, as amended.

DescriptionFee

Minor Variance Review (Applications which require Regional Review if the subject property is located on a Regional road or there are Regional infrastructure/facilities located nearby or the application has a Regional or Provincial issue; note, this fee does not include a septic review)

$425

Additional fees apply for Stormwater, Urban Design, Hydrogeology, EIS and/or Private Sewage Systems Reviews, as required (Refer to Additional Fees section)

Niagara Escarpment Commission Development Permit Applications

DescriptionFee
Development Permit Review $795
Minor Development Permit Review (No Provincial or Regional concerns identified such as sheds, garages, pools, etc.) $425

Additional fees apply for Stormwater, Urban Design, Hydrogeology, EIS and/or Private Sewage Systems Reviews, as required (Refer to Additional Fees section)

Additional Fees

DescriptionFee
Stormwater Review greater than 5 ha $1,890
Stormwater Review less than 5 ha $635
Major Urban Design Review $625
Minor Urban Design Review $260
Hydrogeology Review (Per study) $1,215
Major Environmental Impact Study (EIS) Review (Two or more features) $2,270
Minor Environmental Impact Study (EIS) Review (One feature) $1,140
EIS Terms of Reference Review (To be deducted from EIS fee when EIS submitted) $405
EIS Draft Review (To be deducted from EIS fee when EIS submitted) $405
EIS Second Submission (Addendum) Review No charge
EIS Third Submission (Addendum) Review $1,215
Private Sewage System Review $400 (Per lot or unit)

Urban Design Projects Associated with Development/Planning Applications

DescriptionFee
Urban Design - Concept Design

$120*

Urban Design - Streetscape Design

$120*

Urban Design and Architectural Peer Review

$120*

*Hourly rate applies unless work covered under Service Agreement

Regional Water and Sewer Lateral Connections

Applications for these connections can only be made by local municipalities.

Description Fee
Water Service Connection $1,250
Sanitary and Storm Sewer Lateral Connection $1,250

Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks (MECP), Ontario Water Resources Act (Sec. 52, 53)

Description Fee
Administration processing $200
Administration amendments $100
MECP application processing fee for storm and sanitary sewers and appurtenances $900
MECP application processing fee for storm and sanitary sewers, pump stations and force mains $1,800
Watermains and appurtenances, including hydrants $1,000
Servicing Review with Stormwater Management $2,000

Other Fees

Description Fee

Maintenance Fees

Where a file is inactive for over one year a file maintenance fee will apply to keep the file open. If the fee is not received within four weeks of a request, the file will be closed.

$1,300
LPAT Appeal Record Preparation $635

Environmental Site Assessments (Brownfields):
- Requests to Use the Non-Potable Water Site Conditions Standard

- Requests to Use Non-Potable Water Site Conditions Standard - Update Letter


$660

$105

Hourly Rates (where applicable) $230 (HST varies)

File Management Fee***

***Large complex files requiring a dedicated resource to support and expedite the approval process at the recommendation of the Commissioner, Planning & Development Services, and the option of the applicant.

Up to $112,000

Notes

  • All development applications are circulated to the Region for review, except where the Region has determined through pre-consultation that the development proposal is exempt from further circulation and review
  • All development review / processing fees must be received by the Development Services Division prior to the Region's submission of comment/recommendations to the approval authority
  • The Region's review / processing fees are not refundable if an application is refused or only partially approved by the approval authority
  • The Region's review / processing fees may be returned if the applicant voluntarily withdraws the application prior to staff commencing the review process
  • In addition to development review fees the Region may require the applicant to cover the cost of peer review for specific technical studies
  • All development applications initiated by a local municipality are exempt from the Region's development review fees
  • Wainfleet, Welland and West Lincoln do their own private sewage system review and therefore the Regional private septic system review fee is not applicable
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