Development Charges Reduction Program

This program provides a financial incentive to encourage development and redevelopment in central urban areas, local community improvement project areas and brownfield sites.

Project Eligibility

We are preparing for the drafting and consideration of a new Niagara Region development charges by-law. This may impact program or exemption availability.

Eligibility for exemptions is based on the policies in place at the time development charges are payable. For example, at the time of building permit application. We can provide no assurance that existing policies will continue in the same form. The current development charges by-law expires on Aug. 31, 2017.

Exemption of development charges (50-75 per cent) are available immediately at the building permit stage if your development is:

  • Located within a central area defined by Schedule D of the Regional Development Charges By-Law 62-2012 (50 per cent)
  • A Long-Term Care Home as defined by the Regional Development Charges By-Law 62-2012 (50 per cent)
  • Located on a brownfield site within a central area defined by Schedule D of the Regional Development Charges By-Law 62-2012 (75 per cent)
  • Located on a brownfield site outside a central area defined by Schedule D of the Regional Development Charges By-Law 62-2012 (50 per cent)

Your project may also be eligible for a refund of the remaining 50-25 per cent of the development charges if it satisfies a specific number of criteria as outlined in the program guide or is certified at any level of LEED.

Applicant Information Package

Hard copies of the applicant information package are also available for pick-up at Niagara Region Headquarters.

Email planning and development for further information.

Other Exemptions and Credits

There are a number of exemptions found in provincial legislation. In addition to those, the following Regional exemptions have been included in the current Regional development charges by-law:

  • Granny flats, parking structures, non-residential agricultural use, the specific portion of a structure used as a place of worship
  • Buildings used as municipal housing project facilities - units approved by Niagara Regional Housing requiring pre-approval by NRH for the exempted units

In addition there may be credits against development charges which may be related to your project:

  • Demolition credit - if an existing building is demolished and a new development is built in its place within five years
  • Conversion credit - available at time of conversion, see the Development Charges by-law for details
  • Credits are site or building specific and are non-transferrable

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