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Development Charges

The information below is intended only as a guide. Applicants should review the approved by-law and consult with the Town of Richmond Hill's Financial Services Division (Development Services) to determine the applicable charges that may apply to specific development proposals.

Schedule of Development Charges (Residential) [PDF]

Schedule of Development Charges (Non-Residential) [PDF]

Area Specific Development Charges for the Urban Master Environmental Servicing Plan Area
A new Area Specific Development Charge is being proposed for the Urban Master Environmental Servicing Plan Area.

Below is the timeline:

Draft - Staff Report, Background Study & By-law – February 17, 2015 at 4:30 p.m. in Council Chambers

Developer Consultation #1– March 9, 2015 at 9 a.m. in Committee Room #2

Developer Consultation #2– NEW DATE! May 21, 2015 at 2 p.m. in Committee Room #2

Public Meeting - June 17, 2015 at 5:30 p.m. in Council Chambers

Council Considers Adoption - June 22, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. in Council Chambers

2014 Development Charges Update
Existing Development Charges By-laws (59-09 to 68-09) will expire on June 23, 2014.

Below is the timeline for the 2014 Development Charges Update.

Council Education & Training Session - March 24, 2014 at 1:30 p.m. in Council Chambers

Developer Consultation - April 7, 2014 at 1 p.m. in Committee Room #1

Developer Consultation - April 29, 2014 at 9 a.m. in Committee Room #1
Finalize Development Charges Background Studies - April & May, 2014

Public Meeting - May 26, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. in Council Chambers
Council Approval - June 9, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. in Council Chambers

Town-wide and Area-Specific Development Charges By-laws

  • By-law 52-14 Town-wide Development Charges [PDF]
  • By-law 116-12 Bayview Northeast Development Area [PDF]
  • By-law 117-12 Headford Development Area [PDF]
  • By-law 53-14 Elgin West Development Area [PDF]
  • By-law 54-14 Headford Storm North of Rouge Development Area [PDF]
  • By-law 55-14 Urban Fringe (East) Development Area [PDF]
  • By-law 56-14 Oak Ridges - Lake Wilcox (Overall) Development Area [PDF]
  • By-law 57-14 Oak Ridges - Lake Wilcox Greenfield Development Area [PDF]

    The Council of the Town of Richmond Hill adopted By-law Nos. 59-09 to 68-09 on June 23, 2009 under subsection 2 (1) of the Development charges Act, 1997

    The Purpose of Development Charges
    Each new housing unit or square metre of non-residential building space and the corresponding occupancy of these developments generates capital infrastructure costs that should be financed from this new development. In arriving at the net cost, allowance has been made for Provincial Grants and other sources of funding.

    Development Charges are a way of recovering the net cost of capital expenditures attributable to growth.

    All developments within the Town of Richmond Hill, unless otherwise noted within the Town's Development Charges By-laws, are subject to a Town-Wide Development Charge and possibly an Area-Specific Development Charge in order that the services necessitated by development can be provided.

    An Area-Specific Development Charge is applied by the municipality in areas where services and infrastructure benefit a specific geographical area. As a result, municipal Development Charges are more equitably distributed.

    Examples of Town-Wide Services are facilities for parks and recreation, fire fighting, library, general government and Town-wide engineering. Examples of Area-Specific Engineering Services are collector roads, water distribution and sanitary sewage systems, etc. The location of a proposed development will determine whether or not an Area- Specific Development Charge is applicable and the amount of such charge. The maps detailing the Area-Specific boundaries are shown at the back of the Development Charges By-laws.

    A number of exemptions, in addition to those that are legislated under the Development Charges Act, 1997, were approved by Town Council. Reference should be made to the Development Charges By-laws concerning these exemptions.

    As required by the Development Charges Act, 1997, Richmond Hill’s Treasurer must prepare an annual financial statement reporting on the status and transactions relating to the development charges reserve funds for the previous year. This statement may be reviewed in the Clerk's Department during regular business hours.

    Who Collects Development Charges?
    Pursuant to the legislation, the municipality is authorized to collect Development Charges on behalf of the Regional Municipality of York and the York Catholic and Public District School Boards. The rates are subject to indexing in accordance with the various by-laws. Each jurisdiction is responsible for setting the rates of its own Development Charges, indexing and for determining any exemptions. For inquiries dealing with calculations and exemptions, each jurisdiction should be contacted regarding their respective development charge by-laws. For contact information, please click here.

    Current Development Charges
  • Town-wide Development Charges By-law No. 50-09 Development Charges for the Town of Richmond Hill. By-law No. 59-09 impose uniform Residential Development Charges (calculated on the number and type of units) and Non-Residential Development Charges (calculated per square metre of total floor area of the building) upon all lands within the boundaries of the Town of Richmond Hill, payable upon issuance of a building permit.
  • Area-Specific Development Charges By-laws 116-12, 117-12, 60-09 to 68-09 (Both Residential & Non-Residential Development).  Area-Specific Development Charges are calculated on a per net developable hectare of land payable upon the execution of a site plan/ subdivision/agreement, land severance decision and/or at the issuance of a building permit.

    A number of exemptions in addition to those that are legislated under the Development Charges Act, 1997 were approved by Town Council. Reference should be made to the Development Charges By-laws concerning these exemptions. It is recommended that you investigate whether your property is eligible for an exemption.

    Current residential and non-residential development charges:

    Development Charges Form (Residential) [PDF]

    Development Charges Form (Non-Residential) [PDF]

    All Town of Richmond Hill Development Charges indicated here are at the current rates. Development Charges are subject to indexing on April 1, of each year. By-laws 116-12 and 117-12 are indexed July 2, and January 2, of each year.

    Please contact the Region of York and York Region School Boards for their respective indexing. For contact information, please click here.

    Do I Have to Pay?
    You may be required to pay Development Charges for any residential or non-residential development if you are:
    • erecting a new (not replacement) building(s);
    • making an addition or alteration to an existing building(s) which increases the gross floor area or number of units; and/or 
    • redeveloping a property or properties which result in a change of use.

    When are the Charges Collected?
    For subdivisions, if applicable, Area Specific Development Charges are collected at the time the subdivision agreement is executed. For the Region of York Development Charges, the hard service charges are paid to the Region of York directly by the developer at the time of the registration of the subdivision agreement. The balance is collected at the building permit stage by the area municipality.

    All other Development Charges must be paid in full prior to the issuance of a building permit.

    How Much Can I Expect to Pay?
    The amount of Development Charges you are required to pay depends on several factors, including:
    • Type of Development - Is it residential or non residential. Is it a single detached dwelling, townhouse or apartment?
    • Size of Development - For residential developments, the number and type of dwelling units.
      For non-residential development, the gross floor area of the development or redevelopment (in square metres).
    • Location of Development - Where your property is located will determine if an area specific development charge is applicable. (calculation based on net developable hectares of the proposed land area for development – see by-law for definition of net developable hectares)
    • Indexing of Charge Rates - Each jurisdiction indexes its charges pursuant to their by-laws.
    • Exemptions/Reductions  – Exemptions or credits  may be permitted if a service has already been provided or there are existing structures on the site to be/or has been demolished. Please refer to the by-laws in place as approved by the affected jurisdiction.
    Who do I Call for More Information?
    Each jurisdiction passes its own by-laws to regulate the administration of their development charges. Copies of the Town of Richmond Hill’s Development Charges By-laws are available at the:

    Clerk's Division, Ground Floor
    Main Municipal Offices
    225 East Beaver Creek Road,
    Richmond Hill, ON
    Tel: (905) 771-8800
    Between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. daily

    For inquiries dealing with calculations and exemptions, each jurisdiction should be contacted regarding their respective Development Charges by-laws.

    Richmond Hill
    Financial Services Division (Development Section) - (905) 747-6313 

    Region of York
    Mary Coates or Fabrizio Filipazzo - (905) 731-0201
    York Region School Boards
    Mr. Tom Pechkovsky - (416) 221-5051, ext. 2374
    Note: Mr. Pechkovsky handles inquiries with respect to development charges for both school boards.

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