2019 Development Charge Background Study and By-law Information

The City of Hamilton imposes Development Charges (DCs) under the provisions of the Development Charges Act, 1997, as amended. The DC Act requires that a background study be undertaken to calculate the DC no less than every 5 years.

The existing DC By-law 14-153 expires on July 5, 2019.

The City has engaged Watson and Associates Ltd. and is currently compiling the information required to publish a new Development Charges Background Study. Additional information will be added to this webpage as it becomes available.

2019 Development Charges Background Study – Draft Local Service Policy (PDF, 298.75 KB)
2019 Development Charges Background Study – Draft Service Standards (PDF, 585.89 KB)

Policy Information

Historically, Hamilton’s DC has been calculated on a City Wide basis. As approved through Report FCS18034 (Appendix A), staff has been directed to utilize an area specific approach (combined system vs separated system) for the Stormwater component for the 2019 DC Background Study.

One of the most common inquiries we have received is related to the future of the Downtown Hamilton Community Improvement Project Area (CIPA) Exemption. Council, through its June 27, 2018 meeting, approved a draft plan to reduce the Downtown Hamilton Community Improvement Project Area (CIPA) DC Exemption to 50% effective July 6, 2019 with annual reductions of 10 percentage points each July 6th thereafter.  

In the late fall of 2018 staff are planning to hold a public meeting whereby individuals will be provided an opportunity to present opinions and positions on any DC policy to a panel of staff which will be communicated back to Council through the DC Stakeholders Subcommittee.


The following DC Stakeholders Subcommittee meetings have been scheduled:

  • March 1, 2018
  • June 14, 2018
  • July 5, 2018 - CANCELLED
  • August 2, 2018 - CANCELLED
  • September 13, 2018

Access all DC Stakeholders Subcommittee meetings and all presentation material.

Staff is targeting to release the 2019 Development Charges Background Study in December 2018 / January 2019 to commence the minimum required 60-day public consultation period under Section 10 (4) of the Development Charges Act, 1997, as amended.

Contact us

For questions or inquiries related to the 2019 Development Charges Study, contact:

Lindsay Gillies
905-546-2424 ext. 2790

Alicia Li
905-546-2424 ext. 1434