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.

At the June 12, 2019 meeting, City Council repealed DC By-law 14-153 and enacted a new 2019 DC By-law effective June 13, 2019. View the current Development Charge Rates and information

Development Charges Background Study

The City released the 2019 Development Charges Background Study on March 13, 2019.

Following the April 18, 2019 Development Charges Public meeting, the Addendum #1 was released on May 15, 2019

Following direction at the June 6, 2019 Audit, Finance and Administration Committee meeting, Addendum #2 has been released as of June 10, 2019. The motion included below with Addendum #2 would result in the 2019 Development Charges By-law being in-force as of June 13, 2019. The motion provides for a June 13, 2019 – July 5, 2019 transition period in which the total DC payable is equal to, or less than, the DC rates in effect as of June 12, 2019.

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.

Council has provided direction on the DC Exemption Policy included in the Proposed DC By-law attached to the 2019 Hamilton DC Background Study as Appendix K. A summary of the direction is included in the DC 19-002 minutes of the February 19, 2019 DC Stakeholders Subcommittee (see link in the Schedule section of the webpage).


Theses DC Stakeholders Subcommittee meetings have been held/scheduled:

  • March 1, 2018
  • June 14, 2018
  • July 5, 2018 - CANCELLED
  • August 2, 2018 - CANCELLED
  • September 13, 2018
  • January 28, 2019
  • February 19, 2019

Access all DC Stakeholders Subcommittee meetings and all presentation material.

Contact us

For questions or inquiries related to the 2019 Development Charges Study, contact us at DCBackgroundStudy@hamilton.ca.