Development Charges

Current Development Charge Rates and Information

Notice of Public Meeting under the Development Charges Act
- April 22, 2021

Take notice that on Thursday, April 22, 2021 the Council of the City of Hamilton, through a VIRTUAL Audit, Finance & Administration Committee, will hold a Public Meeting, pursuant to Section 12 of the Development Charges Act, 1997, to obtain public input on both the City of Hamilton’s proposed 2021 Amending Development Charge By-law and the related 2021 Development Charges Update Study.  

Due to COVID-19 and the Closure of City Hall all electronic meetings can be viewed at Meeting & Agendas and on the City's YouTube Channel.

2019 Development Charge By-law Amendment/2021 Development Charges Background Study

As a result of Provincial changes to Development Charges Legislation, the City is in the process of amending DC By-law 19-142.  

Background Study to amend DC By-law 19-142 (PDF, 1.68 MB)

How can I provide input?

You may submit written comments to the Legislative Coordinator, Audit, Finance & Administration Committee, City of Hamilton, 71 Main Street West, 1st Floor, Hamilton, Ontario, L8P 4Y5 or by email [email protected]. Comments must be received by noon Wednesday, April 21, 2021.  Any written comments received after the deadline will be included on the Wednesday, April 28, 2021 Council agenda.  Written submissions will become part of the public record.

Oral submissions may also be given by pre-registering with the Clerk’s office. To register to participate by Webex either via computer or phone, members of the public must submit a Request to Speak by 12 noon Wednesday, April 21, 2021.

Members of the public can also participate by submitting a pre-recorded video submitting a pre-recorded video and pre-registering by noon Tuesday April 20, 2021. To register, members of the public must submit a Request to Speak form.

The video must be no longer than 5 minutes in length and will be reviewed before the meeting to ensure it adheres to the City’s procedures and protocols in presenting to Council. The video can be submitted by emailing [email protected], or dropping off a USB at the City Hall drop box located at the back of the 1st Floor of City Hall, 71 Main Street West, to the attention of the Legislative Coordinator, Audit, Finance & Administration Committee. Any videos that do not adhere to the City’s procedures and protocols will not be presented at the meeting.

To ensure that sufficient information is made available to the public, hard copies of the proposed Amending By-law and Development Charges Update Study can be requested through [email protected] and will be made available for pick up from the City Clerk’s Department, 1st Floor, Hamilton City Hall, 71 Main St. West, Hamilton, ON, L8P 4Y5.

This notice is dated March 26, 2021.

Full 2019 Development Charge Background Study

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.

2019 Development Charges Background Study (PDF, 24 MB)

Development Charges Information Pamphlets

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.

Pamphlets under DC 19-142:

Development Charges and Bill 108

Effective January, 1, 2020 the Province amended the Development Charges Act, 1997 and the timing of when development charges are calculated.

Please refer to the table below for guidance regarding what DC pamphlet will apply for which type of DC.

  DC Pamphlet to use DC Pamphlet to use
Situation City DC, GO DC, Dun/Wat SAC Education DCs
A complete application for site plan or zoning amendment was made prior to January 1, 2020 DC Pamphlet in effect at permit issuance ** DC Pamphlet in effect at permit issuance

A complete application for site plan or zoning amendment was made on or after January 1, 2020

DC Pamphlet in effect at the later application date plus interest using the tool below to permit issuance DC Pamphlet in effect at permit issuance
The development is not subject to a site plan or zoning amendment application DC Pamphlet in effect at permit issuance **

DC Pamphlet in effect at permit issuance

** The City offers a transition policy based on complete building permit application date for 6 months following a DC rate increase which may permit the pamphlet in effect at building permit application to be applied.

Tool to Calculate Interest 


DC Deferral Program

As of morning on Wednesday January 22, 2020, the City will be accepting a limited number of non-industrial DC Deferral applications. Allocations will be assigned on a first come, first serve basis until the program has reached capacity.

Eligible non-industrial developments:

  • Non-residential
  • High density residential
  • Mixed-use

Not eligible to apply:

  • Low and medium density residential developments
  • Developments located within the Downtown Hamilton Community Improvement Project Area (CIPA)

A minimum Development Charge of $50,000 is required in order to apply.

Deferral Program Application form (PDF, 24 KB)

Applications may be emailed to [email protected] with the corresponding $750 application fee delivered, in person, within 2 business days. Application fees will be returned for any applications that are submitted after the available funds have been allocated.

Development Charges By-laws

Education Board DC By-laws

Parkland Dedication Fees

Note: Parkland Dedication fees are separate and distinct from Development Charges. Questions or inquiries related to Parkland Dedication can be emailed to [email protected]

 

Contact us

For questions or inquiries related to Development Charges, contact:

Development  Charge Request
Phone: 905-546-2424 ext. 4400
Email: [email protected]