Development charges are a one-time fee collected from developers when applying for a building permit for a new development or redevelopment project.
Niagara Region collects these fees to help pay for the capital cost of the infrastructure that is needed to service the newly developed or redeveloped projects. They are applied to various municipal services.
Regional development charges are not charged for water or wastewater management where those services are not available.
You may be required to pay development charges for any residential, industrial, institutional or commercial development if you are:
Development charges are payable when the first building permit is issued and are collected by the local municipality. A building permit will not be issued until all development charges have been paid, based on the rate in effect as of the date the building permit is to be issued.
Some developments and redevelopments are subject to exceptions for payment deadlines. Find out if your project is eligible for an exception.
Development charges apply to the following services:
Learn about the current fees for any construction project that needs a permit. You can also use our development charges calculator.
For more information, email the development charges team.