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Development Charges

What are development charges? 

Development charges are used to pay capital projects that are needed to meet the increased demand for services and infrastructure that is generated by growth. More people mean more vehicles on our roads and more demand for ambulances and health services.

Development charges are fees charged to each new development that offset these increased costs. The charges can only be used for specific projects. Without development charges, the bill for increasing or improving services gets added to the property taxes of current residents. Development charges are payable at the time a building permit is issued.

2024 Development Charges


Single and semi-detached residential

Row housing and other multiple residential



2024 Charge $9,789 per unit $6,759 per unit $5,629 per unit $19.27per square metre


In 2021, Grey County completed a Development Charges Background Study to ensure charges are meeting the goals of Grey County as we continue to experience growth and increased demand on services.

A public meeting was held on October 28, 2021, to get feedback from stakeholders and the public.  Comments received at these meetings were considered by the Development Charges Steering Committee before they made their recommendations to County Council.

On December 9, 2021, Grey County Council passed By-Law 5127-22 and By-Law 5128-22 affecting development charges. 

2021 Development Charges Background Study

Public Meeting Presentation - October 28, 2021

Notice of Passage

Current by-laws

Updated Development Charges Brochure

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