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Development Charges

The Development Charges By-law was effective June 17, 2019. Applicants should review the Summary of the Development Charges By-law. An official version of the by-law can be obtained from the Legislative & Court Services Department by calling 705-739-4204.

Development Charges Background Study

The City retained Watson & Associates Economists Ltd. to complete a Development Charges (DC) Background Study dated April 17, 2019 .This study provides the basis for updating the City’s DC By-law.

An Addendum to the DC Background Study was issued in May 2019. Hard copies are available in the Legislative and Court Services Department at City Hall.

Education Development Charges (EDC)

School boards are responsible for setting the EDC rates. Please visit the Simcoe County District School Board's website: SCDSB Education Development Charge By-law and the Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board's website: SMCDSB Education Development Charges By-law.

Development Charges Calculator

Below are the Development Charge rates in effect as of January 1, 2020.

Residential Developments Development Charge Number of
Dwellings
 
Single and Semi-Detached Dwelling$ 65,960.00
Apartments - 2 Bedrooms +$ 36,943.00
Apartments - Bachelor and 1  Bedroom$ 25,934.00   
Other Multiples$ 52,212​.00   
Special Care / Special Dwelling$ 22,337.00   
 
Education Levies $ 2,959.00
 
Finance Fee$ 77.50
Total Residential Development Charges    $
 
Cash in Lieu of Parkland$ 5,597.00
Total Cash in Lieu of Parkland     $

Non-Residential Developments Development Charge (Per Sq. M. of Gross Floor Area) Sq. M. of Gross Floor Area to be Developed  
Retail (per sq. m.)
$ 344.71​
Non-Retail (per sq. m.)
$ 214.67​​
 
Education Levies
($0.52​​​ per sq. ft. equivalent to $5.60 per sq.m.)
$ 5.60
   
Finance Fee (per Building)$ 155​.00
Number of Buildings
Total Non-Residential Development Charges  $
   
Cash in Lieu of Parkland - Commercial or Industrial (2% of Assessed Land Value)2.00%
Assessed Land Value
Cash in Lieu of Parkland - Institutional (5% of Assessed Land Value)5.00%
Assessed Land Value
Total Non-Residential Cash in Lieu of Parkland  $

Disclaimer:

The City of Barrie’s online Development Charge Calculator provides an estimate of development cost and other charges in the City of Barrie (which estimate excludes City of Barrie processing fees). By using the Development Charge Calculator, the user acknowledges that their use is solely for estimation purposes, is provided as a convenience, and any figures generated by the Calculator reflect the information that you have entered. Any figures derived from this calculator should not be taken as a final estimate of development cost and other charges. A more detailed estimation of charges may be obtained directly from the City of Barrie.

The City of Barrie shall not under any circumstances be liable for any direct, indirect, special, incidental, consequential, or other loss, injury or damage caused by or arising in connection with use of the Development Charge Calculator.

In using the Development Charge Calculator, the user also acknowledges the following:

  • If development is within the Whiskey Creek area specific boundary, additional development charges may apply.

  • If development is within the Secondary Plan Area, contact DevelopmentCharges@barrie.ca or call 705-739-4232 for additional information.

  • Cash in Lieu of Parkland Fees for the former municipal boundary are payable in full prior to Site Plan Approval. If not under Site Plan Approval, fees are payable at building permit. Please contact DevelopmentCharges@barrie.ca for clarification regarding the timing of DC's in the Secondary Plan areas.

  • If an existing building was constructed prior to 1989, cash-in-lieu of parkland will be owing. Cash-in-Lieu of Parkland was not required prior to 1989. As per By-law 2017-073, cash-in-lieu of parkland is required for any development where no previous conveyance of land or payment of money in lieu was made.

  • Parkland fees may have already been paid as part of a recent subdivision application and may not apply.

  • Development Charge credits may be applicable with respect to development or redevelopment.

  • Developments may qualify for the 40% discount of development charges otherwise applicable if the development meets a targeted use outlined under section 11(e)(iii) in Development Charges By-law 2019-055.

  • Development of lands owned by a non-profit institution for institutional uses by the non-profit institution for their own purposes are subject to a 50% discount of the development charge applicable.

  • Development Charges for the former municipal boundary are payable in part immediately upon entering into a Subdivision/Consent Agreement; all other DC's are payable at building permit. Please contact DevelopmentCharges@barrie.ca for clarification regarding the timing of DC's in the Secondary Plan areas.

  • Whiskey Creek Development Charges for the former municipal boundary are payable in full immediately upon entering into a Subdivision/Consent Agreement.

  • Education Levies are payable in full at first building permit (including below ground and conditional).

Deferral of Development Charge Payments

  1. For rental housing that is not non-profit housing (minimum 4 units): DCs will be due in 6 equal annual payments plus interest commencing on the earlier of the date of the issuance of an occupancy permit or the date the building is first occupied. The person required to pay development charges is required to notify the City within 5 business days of the building first being occupied.  Failure to notify the City will result in the development charge, including any interest payable becoming due and payable immediately.
  2. For institutional development: DCs will be due in 6 equal annual payments plus interest commencing on the earlier of the date of the issuance of an occupancy permit or the date the building is first occupied.  The person required to pay development charges is required to notify the City within 5 business days of the building first being occupied.  Failure to notify the City will result in the development charge, including any interest payable becoming due and payable immediately
  3. For Non-profit rental housing (minimum 4 units): DCs will be due in 21 equal annual payments plus interest commencing on the earlier of the date of the issuance of an occupancy permit or the date the building is first occupied.  Interest is waived during the first 5 years of the deferral. The person required to pay development charges is required to notify the City within 5 business days of the building first being occupied.  Failure to notify the City will result in the development charge, including any interest payable becoming due and payable immediately.

Interest is determined using the City's weighted average cost of capital (WACC).  WACC is unique to each organization and considers both internal and external factors to evaluate the cost of delaying the receipt of funds.  The City updates its WACC semi-annually or may do so at any other time should conditions so warrant. 

    Development Charge Rate Freezes

    The following applies to Complete Site Plan Applications and Zoning By-law amendment Applications accepted by the City on/after January 1, 2020. The amount of development charges are determined on:

    1. the day an application for an approval of development in a site plan control area;
    2. if clause a) does not apply, the day an application for an amendment to the zoning by-law was made.
    3. If neither clause a) nor clause b) applies, the day before the first building permit is issued.

    If a) or b) applies, development charge amounts will remain crystallized for a maximum of two years. Interest will be added to the development charge amount and become payable at the time development charges are due.

    Interest is determined using the City's weighted average cost of capital (WACC).  WACC is unique to each organization and considers both internal and external factors to evaluate the cost of delaying the receipt of funds.  The City updates its WACC semi-annually or may do so at any other time should conditions so warrant. 

    Development charges that are not crystallized are subject to an annual inflationary adjustment on January 1st of each year.




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