Please be advised that changes to the Development Charge By-law, including the rates, are scheduled for approval at the February 11, 2019 Council Meeting and would be effective March 2, 2019.
If approved, the new rates will apply to all building permits issued after March 1, 2019. Therefore, respecting legislated building permit turnaround times of 10 business days, residential building permit applications are required to be submitted no later than February 14, 2019 in order to be eligible to receive the current rates.
However, please be aware that even if your permit application is submitted by February 14, if it is refused and unable to be issued until after March 1, 2019, the new development charge rates will apply and will need to be paid prior to issuance. It is therefore highly recommended that you apply well in advance of February 14, 2019 to give yourself time to resolve any reasons for refusal.
If you have existing building permit applications that are under review or have been refused, all items that are preventing the permit from being issued must be resolved prior to February 22, 2019 in order to be eligible to receive the current rates.
Please also be aware that the Building Code Act requires that construction commence within 6 months after permit issuance and that it continue uninterrupted.
For information on the Development Charge By-law please visit guelph.ca/dc.
Should you have any additional questions regarding the Development Charge By-law and/or rates, please contact the Finance department directly. They can be reached by email at [email protected], or by telephone at 519-837-5610.
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