Payment of DCs may be required for residential and non-residential development when:
- constructing a new building(s);
- adding to or altering an existing building(s) which increases the floor area (TFA) or number of residential units;
- altering an existing shell/speculative building or part of the building for a first tenant ‘fit-out’ that is changing the use from DCs paid at original permit; and
- redeveloping a property resulting in a change of use.
Generally, payment is calculated as of and is payable on the date a building permit is issued.
For plans of residential subdivision, however, the water, wastewater, roads and recovery components of the development charges and front-ending recovery payment (as applicable) are payable at the execution of the residential subdivision agreement and calculated based upon the proposed number and type of dwelling units; with respect to blocks intended for future development, based on the maximum number of units permitted under the then applicable zoning.
There are also provisions in the By-Laws for either an additional payment or a refund of the water, wastewater, roads and recovery components of the development charges and front-ending recovery payment, as the case may be, if either greater or lesser residential units are ultimately built.
Notwithstanding the above, the Region may require an owner to enter into an agreement, pursuant to section 27 of the Development Charges Act, 1997, providing for all or part of development charges to be paid before or after it otherwise would be payable.