Development Charges

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Legislative Authority

The Development Charges Act, 1997, S.O. 1997, c. 27, enables a Municipality to pass By-Laws for the imposition of Development Charges against new development. Development Charge rates must reflect current programs and future anticipated capital needs. Development Charges apply to all land within the City of North Bay. Relevant bylaws include;

Purpose of Development Charges

The purpose of Development Charges is to recover costs incurred as a result of new development by providing a mechanism for collecting funds for growth related capital costs.

The principle of Development Charges is that new development should pay for the increased capital costs experienced by a municipality as a result of growth. Failure to collect Development Charges could result in a decreased level of service for existing ratepayers or increased tax rates.

Eligible Municipal Services that Receive Funding from Development Charges

Development Charges are collected in respect of the following services:

  • General Government
  • Public Library
  • Protection Services (Fire and Police)
  • Parks and Recreation Services
  • Public Works
  • Transit
  • Roads and Related
  • Water
  • Sanitary Sewer

Exceptions to Development Charges

Development Charges By-Law 2014-128 applies to all lands within the City of North Bay subject to certain exceptions. The By-Law does not apply to land that is owned by and used for the purpose of:

  • A Board of Education
  • Any Municipality or Local Board thereof
  • A place of worship exempt under s.3 of the Assessment Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. A.31, as may be amended
  • Universities and colleges exempt under s.3 of the Assessment Act (excluding structures not used for educational purposes constructed on lands owned by a university or college)
  • A public hospital under the Public Hospitals Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. P.40, as may be amended
  • Non-Profit Housing and Group Homes
  • Industrial Uses

Exemptions regarding the intensification of existing dwellings are outlined in Section 5 of By-Law 2014-128.

Development Charges Rates

Development Charges are generally payable prior to issuance of a building permit. The Development Charge Rates are to be phased-in in accordance to the schedules noted in the Development Charges By-Law.

Residential Per Dwelling

Year Detached & Semi-Detached (equal to or greater than 1,500 sq. ft.) Entry Level Detached & Semi-Detached(1,200 sq ft or less) Detached & Semi-Detached (greater than 1,200 sq ft but less than 1,500 sq 
Multiples Apartments Dwellings Rural Areas
2014-15  to 2018-19 $9,814 $0 $5,887 $4,838 $2,797 $3,878

Entry level is considered a detached or semi-detached unit that has a gross floor area of 1,200 ft2 or less.

Non-Residential (per square foot of gross floor area)

Year Non-Residential Per Sq Ft of Gross Floor Area (Rural) Non-Residential Per Sq Ft of Gross floor Area (Serviced)
2014-15 $1.44 $4.28
2015-16 $1.64 $4.90
2016-17 $1.85 $5.52
2017-18 $2.05 $6.14
2018-19 $2.27 $6.77

Industrial development shall not be subject to a Development Charge.