Council approves Development Charges Bylaw

New rates come into effect March 2

Guelph, Ont., February 19, 2019—At the Council meeting on February 11, Guelph City Council approved the 2019 Development Charges (DC) Bylaw. The bylaw outlines new DC rates that come into effect on March 2, 2019.

The DC rate for a single/semi-detached unit will increase by 17.35 per cent to $35,098. The non-residential rate will increase by 23.85 per cent to $133.15 per square metre.

The increases are the result of

  • changes to the provincial Development Charges Act, which outlines the City services eligible for DC funding;
  • new DC-eligible projects identified in City master plans and secondary plans; and
  • the City’s improved capacity for long-range planning and forecasting of growth-related costs.


The 2019 bylaw and rates are based on the 2018 Development Charges Background Study completed by the City, Watson and Associates Economists Ltd., and a stakeholder group of local residents and representatives from the development community.

A public meeting was held on January 21, 2019, to discuss the bylaw.

About Development Charges

Development Charges are one-time fees paid by developers that help pay for municipal services, such as water and wastewater systems, roads, community centres, parks, and fire and police facilities.

Learn more about development charges at

Media contact

Tara Baker, General Manager/City Treasurer
City of Guelph
519-822-1260 extension 2084
[email protected]