Consult with your local building official
Any person or business who is planning a construction project must consult with their local building official to get a building permit. Regional development charges is just one component of your building permit fee.
Complete and submit the proper forms
Your local building official will provide you with more information and access to all the forms that will need to be completed before moving ahead.
Review building permit and pay fees before proceeding
Once the building permit request is submitted, your local official will provide you with a breakdown of costs, including permit fees, local development charges and Regional development charges. Regional development charges must be paid before the building permit will be issued unless the development meets the eligibility criteria for annual instalments.
Under section 26.1 of the Development Charges Act, there are certain types of development that are eligible for payment of development charges in annual instalments. An instalment acknowledgement letter is required from the applicant before a building permit is issued.
The person responsible for paying development charges must get confirmation that the development charges annual instalment acknowledgement letter has been received before a building permit is issued.
The local municipality will forward a copy of the acknowledgement letter to Niagara Region with the email address noted on the letter.
Schedule of payment instalments
The person responsible for paying development charges must notify the local municipality and Niagara Region in writing within five business days of the building first being occupied unless an occupancy permit has been issued by the local municipality for the purposes of section 26.1 of the Development Charges Act.
Niagara Region will provide an instalment schedule to the person required to pay development charges once notified of occupancy or issuance of an occupancy permit.
Acknowledgement of the payment schedule and the first instalment payment is due within 15 days of the payment schedule being provided. Payment must be provided as per the schedule. No further notification of upcoming payments will be given.
Any instalment payment defaults will be subject to a Regional administration fee of $550 as per the Region's user fee by-law.
Early payment agreement
Owners may enter into an early payment agreement with the Region if the payment is to be made before prescribed instalment due dates. The owner(s) must notify the Region and complete the early payment agreement form.
You may pay the full development charges, plus accrued interest (if applicable) at any time.