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Development Charges

Municipal Development Charges

Municipal Development Charges are collected from new construction projects to help offset the cost of municipal services such as sewers, roads, fire, emergency services, etc.  Rates were revised by an indexing factor of 3.2% and came into effect on February 1, 2017.  

No Industrial Charges - see more below:

 Industrial Development Charges Moratorium
 For new and expanding industrial buildings, municipal development charges are not applicable under the City's Industrial Development Charges Moratorium.Industrial building shell

An industrial building is defined as being designed or intended for use for manufacturing, processing, fabricating, or assembly of raw goods, warehousing or bulk storage of goods, and includes on-site office uses where such uses are accessory to an industrial use, but does not include the sale of commodities to the general public through a warehouse club or otherwise.

The suspension of fees for all industrial zoned properties (as set out above) assists developers by removing the cost of municipal development charges for new and expanding buildings.  School Board DC's are still applicable.  

This initiative was first instituted in 2010 to encourage growth in the manufacturing sector.  With the moratorium set to expire June 30, 2017, Council approved an extension of the incentive until the end of 2021.

For more information on the Industrial DC Moratorium or commercial/industrial properties for sale or for lease, please contact the Economic Development Office at 705-325-4900 or

Development Charges are calculated by the Building Division of Development Services and Engineering Department, as part of the Building Permit and concurrent Site Plan Approvals Process. 

Current Development Charges

On February 12, 2018, Council passed By-law No. 2018-14 being a by-law to impose development charges on residential, commercial and other non-residential development.

The City of Orillia development charges are indexed annually on February 1st each year in accordance with the most recent twelve-month change in the Statistics Canada Quarterly, "Construction Price Statistics" (Catalogue Number 62-007).

 School Board Development Charges 
The City of Orillia also collects development charges on behalf of the Simcoe County District School Board and the Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board.  Funds are then reinvested into the construction of new area schools.

SMCDSB Notice of Passage - 2019 By-law

SMCDSB By-law 2019 

SCDSB Notice of Passage - 2019 By-law

If you have questions or want more information related to school board development charges, please contact the boards directly.

 Property Taxes
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