Development Charges

Development charges (DCs) are fees collected from new development at the time a building permit is issued.  The Development Charges Act gives authority to municipalities' DC By-laws for financing costs resulting from new growth.  To review the Act please click here.

Municipalities use these fees help pay for the cost of infrastructure required to provide municipal services to new development, such as roads, transit, community centres and fire and police facilities.  Fees are payable to both the City (Brampton) and Regional (Peel) levels of government, and the Boards of Education. Provincial Law limits the types of infrastructure costs development charges can fund.  Most municipalities in Ontario use development charges to ensure that the cost of providing infrastructure to service new development is not borne by existing residents and businesses in the form of higher property taxes.
The current DC by-laws and associated DC rates were established through the preparation of the 2014 Development Charge Background Study (see below).
For more information on development charges in Brampton, please contact the Financial Planning and Budgets Branch in the Corporate Services Department at  or 905.874.2255 

Development Charges By-law Review (2019)

The City of Brampton is currently reviewing its development charges by-laws and will be preparing the associated Background Study. For more information on this review, please click here.

Development Charge Rates

The City uses current rates, based on these criteria, to calculate development charges:

  • In the case of residential development or the residential portion of a mixed-use development, based upon the number and type of dwelling units;
  • In the case of non-residential development or the non-residential portion of a mixed-use development, based upon the total floor area of such development; or
  • In the case of non-residential development or the non-residential portion of a mixed-use development containing industrial and non-industrial components, based upon the total floor area of the industrial component and the total floor area of the non-industrial component.

The by-laws may provide for credits, exemptions and special provisions for residential and non-residential development.  Institutional exemptions may include land, building or structures intended for hospital, government, education, colleges, universities or religious purposes.

Building permits are only issued after receipt of the DC payment.

Indexing of Development Charge Rates

The rates are subject to indexing and are adjusted on February 1st and August 1st of each year using the Statistics Canada Quarterly, Non-Residential Building Construction Price Index, as prescribed by the Development Charges Act.

Treasurer's Annual Statement

The Development Charges Act requires the Treasurer of the municipality to annually provide City Council a statement about each Reserve Fund established under the Act.  The statement reflects the opening and closing balances of each year, the current year's distribution of the DC proceeds, any financing transfers and the interest earned on the fund.  A detail of the financing transfer to specific projects/accounts accompanies the statement.

The Treasurer's Statement is available for viewing at Brampton City Hall, 2 Wellington Street West, 2nd floor, between 8:30am-4:30pm.  Please contact Treasury Services at 905.874.3820.