Development Charges

There are costs that come with growth in our community. New developments need a number of municipal services, provided by Richmond Hill, during construction and after construction. The increase in services means an increase in costs. Development Charges are a way of covering the costs related to new developments and growth in the community.

All building permit and development proposal applicants should review the Development Charges By-laws. Then you can contact Richmond Hill's Capital and Development Financing Section in the Financial Services Division at 905-747-6313 to discuss which Development Charges apply to your project.

The Residential and Non-Residential Development Charges are summarized here: 

Development Charges Update - Notices

2021 Development Charges Update

The Council of The Corporation of the City of Richmond Hill adopted at its meeting of June 23, 2021, the following Development Charges By-laws in accordance with the Development Charges Act, 1997:

Any individual or organization may appeal the By-laws to the Ontario Municipal Board under Section 14 of the Development Charges Act by filing with the City Clerk of the City of Richmond Hill a notice of appeal setting out the objection to the By-law and the reasons supporting the objection. The last day to make an appeal is August 2, 2021.

The Development Charges By-laws cover services that benefit all residents of the City of Richmond Hill and services that provide benefit to particular planning areas. The City-wide Development Charges By-law covers all lands in the City and each Area Specific Development Charges By-law covers specific lands relevant to the area.

If you require a development charges document in an alternate format, please call Financial Services at 905-747-6454.

2016-2021 Development Charges Updates

Development charges were updated in 2016 and 2019. The following background studies provide information that guided the updates. The current development charges by-laws are at the bottom of the page.

Development Charges Interest Policy

Effective January 1, 2020, this policy applies to the charging of interest, as permitted under sections 26.1 and 26.2 of the Development Charges Act, 1997.

This includes all types of development in the City of Richmond Hill:

  • That are eligible for instalment payments under section 26.1 of the Development Charges Act, 1997
  • Under section 26.2 of the Development Charges Act, 1997, where an application for approval of development in a site plan control area under subsection 41(4) of the Planning Act, 1990 has been made, or where an application for an approval of a development in a site plan control area under subsection 41(4) of the Planning Act has not been made, but where an application has been made for an amendment to a bylaw passed under section 34 of the Planning Act, 1990

Development Charge Interest Policy

Paying Development Charges

Development Charges are paid by the developer or homeowner. All development projects in Richmond Hill will be charged a City-Wide Development Charge. An Area-Specific Development Charge may also apply to your project.

What projects do Development Charges apply to?

Development Charges apply to a number of residential and non-residential projects, including:

  • Constructing a new building (not a replacement)
  • Making an addition or alteration to an existing building, increasing the total floor area or number of units
  • Redeveloping a property or properties, changing the use of the property

Richmond Hill's Council approved a number of exemptions, in addition to those already under the Development Charges Act. Exceptions to these charges are included in Richmond Hill's Development Charges By-laws.

When do I need to pay my Development Charges?

Area-Specific Development Charges for subdivisions are collected when the subdivision agreement is complete. York Region Development Charges for hard services (road, water and sanitary sewer services) are paid directly to York Region by the developer when the subdivision agreement is registered. The remaining charges are paid to Richmond Hill before a building permit is issued.

All other Development Charges must be paid in full before a building permit for the project can be issued.

Who collects the Development Charges?

Richmond Hill collects Development Charges on behalf of the municipality, York RegionYork Catholic District School Board and York Region District School Board.

Each area is responsible for setting the rates of their Development Charges, categorizing their rates and determining any exemptions.

How much will I have to pay?

Development Charges are based on a number of things, including:

  • Type of development
  • Size of the development
  • Location of development
  • Indexing of charge rates
  • Exemptions and reductions

View the current Residential Development Charges and Non-Residential Development Charges.

There are Provincial Grants and other sources of funding available to some developers.

Do the rates ever change?

Richmond Hill reviews and indexes their rates every year on July 1. Area-Specific Development Charges for the Bayview Northeast Development Area and the Headford Development Area are reviewed each year on January 2 and July 2.

Contact York Region and the York Region School Boards for information about their Development Charges indexing dates.

Who can I contact for help?

Call Richmond Hill's Capital and Development Financing Section of the Financial Services Division at 905-747-6313 for information about the municipality's by-laws.

Call Mary Coats or Fabrizio Filipazzo at 905-731-0201 for information about York Region's Development Charges By-laws.

Call Tom Pechkovsky at 416-221-5051, ext. 2374 for information about by-laws related to the York Region School Boards.

By-laws

City-wide Development Charges By-laws establish Residential Development Charges and Non-Residential Development Charges for projects on all lands within the boundaries of Richmond Hill. Residential charges are based on the number and type of units. Non-residential charges are calculated per square meter of the total floor area of the building.

Area-Specific Development Charges are calculated per total developable hectare of land.

City-wide Development Charges By-laws

Area-Specific Development Charges By-laws

If you require these By-laws in an alternate format, contact Ilan Treiger, Financial Management Advisor, at 905-771-2415 or ilan.treiger@richmondhill.ca.

Hard copies of by-laws

You can get hard copies of Richmond Hill's Development Charges By-laws from Office of the Clerk in the main Municipal Offices at:

225 East Beaver Creek Road, Ground Floor

Richmond Hill, ON L4B 3P4

Hours of Operation: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday

Development Charges − Annual Reports and Statements

In accordance with Section 43 of the Development Charges Act, and Sections 42 and 37 of the Planning Act, Richmond Hill publishes a Development Charges, Cash in Lieu of Parkland and Section 37 Community Benefits Reserve Funds Statement. The annual report includes:

  • Balances and transactions related to these reserve funds
  • Capital projects financed through these reserves

Development Charges, Cash in Lieu of Parkland and Section 37 Community Benefits Reserve Funds - 2016 Statements

Development Charges, Cash in Lieu of Parkland and Section 37 Community Benefits Reserve Funds  - 2017 Statements

Development Charges, Cash in Lieu of Parkland and Section 37 Community Benefits Reserve Funds  - 2018 Statements

Development Charges, Cash in Lieu of Parkland and Section 37 Community Benefits Reserve Funds  - 2019 Statements

Development Charges, Cash in Lieu of Parkland and Section 37 Community Benefits Reserve Funds  - 2020 Statements