A growing city requires investment in growth related infrastructure to service new development. Development charges are fees that are paid by new development upon the issuance of a building permit to fund the capital cost of services constructed throughout the City. Development charges play an important part in how growth infrastructure is financed in London. Each new house, commercial centre, university building, and manufacturing plant requires infrastructure and services (e.g., sewer pipes, stormwater ponds, fire stations, road improvements, etc.) in order to function efficiently and effectively.
At least every five years, the City of London conducts a development charges background study to forecast the city’s future residential and non-residential growth to determine infrastructure needs and costs. This information is used to calculate the amount of money that new development needs to pay in order to cover new infrastructure and services.
2021 Development Charges Background Study Update & By-law
The City of London has undertaken an update to the 2019 Development Charges Background Study and By-law. A public meeting is scheduled to be held in Council Chambers on July 14th 2020, for the official public notice printed in the London Free Press on June 24th please click here. Due to COVID-19 please refer to the measures in place for the public meeting process here.
To view the 2021 Development Charges Background Study Update click here.
To view the Draft 2021 Development Charges By-law click here.
Where can I find more information on the Dingman Creek Environmental Assessment?
Are development charges included with property taxes or water and wastewater rates?
No. Development charges (DCs) are different than property taxes and water and wastewater rates. DC's represent a source of funding for the design and construction of new municipal infrastructure required to support new developments. Only new construction or additions to existing buildings are required to pay development charge fees. Instead, taxes and rates are used to pay for the everyday costs of running and maintaining a city, and all London property owners are responsible for these costs.
School Board Charge?
Currently, none of the London-area school boards have calculated development charges for any categories of development. No additional development charges are collected with a building permit other than those outlined in the City of London Development Charges By-law.
Development Charges 101 Info?
For more information on the 2019 development charges and how they are calculated please click here.
- Strategic Priorities and Policy Committee Meeting December 17th, 2018
- This short video outlines the key aspects of Development Charges