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Development Charges

The Municipality of Kincardine collects development charges to meet the increase in need for growth-related servicing arising from future development. These fees are adjusted annually.

We also collect development charges on behalf of Bruce County. Information about their development charges and rates is available on their development charges webpage.


Summarizing our policy for development charges

This information is provided as a guide and is also available in as a printable PDF or as a brochure that can be picked up at the Municipal Administration Centre.

Applicants should review the approved By-Law No. 2021-114 which imposes municipal-wide development charges for municipal services.

Development charges in the Municipality of Kincardine include these categories of services:

  • Cemetery
  • Development-related studies
  • Fire and emergency services
  • General government
  • Parks and recreation
  • Public works and municipal fleet
  • Roads and related
  • Wastewater
  • Waste management
  • Water

Development charges apply to any residential or non-residential development if you are:

  • Constructing a new building (not replacement)
  • Building an addition or alteration to an existing building which increases the floor area or number of units
  • Changing the use of a property

For development types subject to a Site Plan or Zoning By-Law amendments, the development charges is calculated the day a complete application is received and frozen for a period of up to two years from Site Plan approval (Bill 108.)

If a building permit has not been issued within the two-year period, the development charges rate will be the rate effective the date the building permit is issued.

There are also deferred payment schedules for:

  • rental housing
  • certain institutional
  • non-profit developments

For all other development types, the development charges are calculated and collected on the date a building permit is issued.

Bill 23, the More Homes Built Faster Act, received Royal Assent in November of 2022 which amended the Development Charges Act 1997.

Applicants should consult with the Manager of Development Services / Chief Building Official to determine the charges that may apply to specific development proposals.

Municipal-wide development charges

Services for which municipal-wide development charges are imposed and the amount of the charge, by development, are as follows:

Type of Service

Single and semi dwelling, per unit Row and other multi-unit dwellings, per unit Apartments, per unit Non-residential charge per square meter
Parks and recreation $2,987.02 $2,086.24 $1,565.03 Not applicable
Fire services $1,812.57 $1,266.60 $948.92 $10.43
Waste management $81.13 $56.39 $42.64 Not applicable
Development related studies $485.46 $339.68 $254.42 $2.78
Public works and municipal fleet $2,743.61 $1,917.08 $1,437.13 $15.76
Roads and related $2,563.46 $1,790.56 $1,343.61 $14.65
Water $4,685.45 $3,273.08 $2,454.81 $26.84
Wastewater $9.501.54 $6,636.92 $4,977.00 $54.26
Total charges, per unit $24,860.24 $17,366.55 $13,023.56 $124.72

Development charges are adjusted annually as of January 1st, in accordance with the most recent annual change in the Statistics Canada Quarterly, "Construction Price Statistics."

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