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Development Charges


The current Development Charges (DC) By-law No. 43-2014 expires March 31, 2019. Under the Development Charges Act a study must be conducted at least every 5 years to set a new development charge rate structure.  The Town will be holding a Public Meeting on January 14, 2019 to discuss the 2018 DC Study and the Proposed Draft DC By-law which will be posted the week of December 17, 2018.

CS-01-2019 - Revised DC Study as of March 4, 2019 including amended Study and Proposed By-law

2018 Development Charges Study - Dec. 13, 2018

2019 Proposed Draft DC By-law - Dec. 13, 2018



DEVELOPMENT CHARGES ACT, 1997, S.O. 1997, c.27
TAKE NOTICE that on March 18th, 2019, the Council of The Corporation of the Town of Fort Erie passed By-law 47-2019 under Section 2 of the Development Charges Act, 1997, which imposes Town-wide development charge rates.

Notice of Passing DC By-law 47-2019

What Development Is Subject To Development Charges?
The charges in the aforementioned by-law will apply to all new residential and non-residential development, except industrial development, subject to certain terms, conditions and limited exemptions as identified in therein. A key map has not been included in this notice as the Development Charges By-law applies to all lands located within the boundaries of the Town of Fort Erie. There are no industrial development charges in this by-law.

Why Do We Have Development Charges?
Town-wide development charges are levied against new development to pay for the increased capital costs related to the provision of such municipal services as library, fire, parks and recreation, public works and fleet, administration, roads and related, storm water drainage and control, wastewater and water services.

What Are The Rates And When Do They Take Effect?
The Development Charges chart sets out the development charge rates applicable throughout the Town. Non-urban area development charge rates are reduced proportionately and these rates can be obtained by reviewing the Development Charge By-law.
Both the residential and non-residential development charge rates are in effect as of March 31st, 2014.

How To Obtain More Information
By-law 43-2014 can be downloaded in PDF format.
The complete development charges by-law can also be examined at the Town Clerk’s Office from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday at the address shown below.

Questions regarding how the Development Charges were determined or when or how the Charges are applied can be directed to:

Richard F. Brady. MA, MCIP, RPP, Director of Planning and Development Services
905-871-1600, ext. 2500

Requirements For filing An Appeal
Any person or organization may appeal to the Ontario Municipal Board in respect to the by-law by filing with the Clerk of The Corporation of the Town of Fort Erie, a notice of appeal setting out the objection to the by-law or by-laws and the reasons in support of the objection.

For further information, please contact the Clerk’s Office at (905) 871-1600.