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Development Charges

Effective January 1, 2019 Development Charges in Barrie increased 5.2% in accordance with the indexing requirements set out under the City-Wide Development Charges By-law (2014-108).

The City-Wide Development Charges By-law requires that rates be indexed in accordance with the most recent twelve-month change in the Statistics Canada Construction Cost Index (non-residential building). Statistics Canada indicates that the most recent twelve-month comparison is an increase of 5.2% for the non-residential building construction price index.

Applicants should review the Summary of the Development Charges By-law and consult with the Finance Department to determine the applicable charges that may apply to specific proposals. The By-law also contains a rate schedule for the Interim Policy (see section 10), which provides a set of rates for development in progress that meets specific criteria. An official version of the By-law can be obtained from the Legislative and Court Services Department by calling 705-739-4204.

Whiskey Creek Area Specific Development Charges 

On June 13, 2016, the City passed an Area-Specific Development Charge By-law (2016-066) for the Whiskey Creek Stormwater Management Works and Downstream Conveyance Works, replacing By-law 2011-096 (passed on June 27, 2011). The purpose of replacing the By-law was to update costs for the uncompleted projects and continue DC collection from all properties in the defined area. The increase in rates, effective January 1 2019, is 5.2%.

In April 2016, an updated DC Background Study was prepared, which forms the basis for the current DC By-law.

Development Charges Background Studies

In January 2014, the City retained Watson & Associates Economists Ltd. to complete a Development Charges (DC) Background Study to accurately reflect the servicing needs of new development (identified in the City’s Growth Management Strategy). This study provides the basis for updating the City’s DC By-law.

In July 2014 an Addendum to the DC Background Study was issued, which contains refinements based on comments from staff and from the developer/landowner communities. Hard copies are available in the Legislative and Court Services Department at City Hall.

2019 – Development Charge Background Study Update

The current Citywide DC By-law 2014-108 was enacted on August 25, 2014, and will expire on August 26, 2019, unless otherwise repealed and replaced.

Prior to passing a DC by-law, a DC background study must be completed. The 2019 DC Background Study's work began in June of 2018 and is scheduled to be passed June 17, 2019. Watson & Associates is the consultant hired to facilitate the DC Background Study process for the City's DC by-Law.

Below, you will find key information and dates with respect to the City's 2019 Development Charge By-law update.

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January 28, 2019

Council Workshop on Development Charges

April 15, 2019

Staff Report - FIN007-19 2019 Development Charge Discounts and Exemptions

Presentation - Development Charge Discounts and Exemptions

April 17, 2019

Development Charges Background Study

Transit Asset Management Plan

May 2, 2019

Stakeholder Meeting Presentation - May 2, 2019

Public Information Session - The City will be holding a Public Information Session at City Hall, 70 Collier Street, in the Sir Robert Barrie Room, located on the 2nd floor between 1:00pm - 3:00pm. The purpose of this session is to provide an update to the development charge process, the results of the background study and the development charge calculations prior to the statutory public meeting scheduled for May 13, 2019.  Watson & Associates Economists Ltd, the City's consultants, will be leading the meeting.  All interested parties are invited to attend and participate.

May 10, 2019

Amendment #1: Revised Proposed Development Charges By-Law

Amendment #1 added the schedule of fees and map for the Whiskey Creek area.

May 13, 2019

Public Meeting Presentation - May 13, 2019

Public Meeting – The City will be holding a public meeting at City Hall, 70 Collier Street, in Council Chambers, located on the 2nd floor at 7:00pm.  Pursuant to section 12 of the Development Charges Act, 1997, as amended, the meeting is being held to present and obtain public input on the municipality's proposed development charges By-law and underlying background study.  Interested persons may make representations relating to the propose0d By-law and background study at the public meeting or in writing, addressed to the municipal Clerk, at the above address.

May 27, 2019

General Committee will review a staff report providing recommendations with respect to the background study and By-law.

June 17, 2019

Council will consider passing of the proposed development charges By-law.

Environmental Assessment (EA) Studies

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Education Development Charges (EDC)

School boards are responsible for setting the EDC rates. Please visit the Simcoe County District School Board's website: Education Development Charge By-Law Renewal or read The Education Development Charges Pamphlet.

Development Charges Calculator

Residential Developments Development Charge Number of
Single and Semi-Detached Dwelling $ 47,111.00
Apartments - 2 Bedrooms + $ 29,048.00
Apartments - Bachelor and 1  Bedroom $ 20,770.00   
Other Multiples $ 35,219.00   
Education Levies $ 1,759.00
Finance Fee $ 75.00
Total Residential Development Charges    $
Cash in Lieu of Parkland $ 5,418.00
Total Cash in Lieu of Parkland     $

Non-Residential Developments Development Charge (Per Square Ft of Gross Floor Area) Square Ft of Gross Floor Area to be Developed  
Retail $ 31.66
Non-Retail $ 21.75
Education Levies ($ 0.47 per sq. ft.) $ 0.47
Finance Fee (per Building) $ 150​.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   $


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 City Centre Planning Area (commercial development only), some discounts may apply.
  • If development is within the annexed lands, contact or call 705-739-4232 for additional information.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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