Development Charges

In accordance with the Development Charges Act, the City of Greater Sudbury collects a development charge at the building permit stage to recover for growth related capital needs.

Rates effective from July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018 under City of Greater Sudbury Development Charges By-law 2014-151

PSA-Development Charge Rates for July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018

By-law 2016-120: A By-law of the City of Greater Sudbury to Amend By-law 2014-151 being a By-law of the City of Greater Sudbury with Respect to Development Charges

Rates effective from July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017 as approved by Council (Amendment By-law 2016-120) as listed below:

Please click on the link below to view additional information on development charges:

Residential Development Charges - Deferral Program

2014 Development Charges Background Study & By-Law

Annual Treasurer Reports




2009 Development Charges Background Study


Residential Development Charges - Deferral Program

In accordance with a decision of City Council, applicants for building permits for certain categories of residential development may now apply to defer payment of development charges (DCs) otherwise payable at the building permit stage for a period up to 6 months.

Only applicants for building permits for single detached dwellings; semi-detached dwellings; or multi-residential buildings which do not have more than 4 units potentially qualify for deferral of DCs.  Developments within these categories that trigger site plan control will not be eligible for deferral.   Landowners applying for approval to defer payment of development charges must also meet certain eligibility criteria as set out in By-law 2015-241. 

The land owner (s) must request a deferral at the time of the building permit application by completing an application form.  If the application is approved, then the Deferred Development Charges Agreement will be prepared and sent to the land owner(s), and will be executed by the Chief Financial Officer/Treasurer once the following has been received:

  1. Agreement signed by the land owner (or all land owners if more than one); and

  2. Post dated cheque from the same land owner(s) for the amount of development charges owing; and

  3. Documentation that Restriction on Transfer has been registered on title to prevent transfer without the consent of the City.  (Note – costs including user fees and disbursements recoverable under the Miscellaneous User Fee By-Law would total approximately $435 to register and $435 to de-register when the DC amounts are paid in full.)

The building permit will be issued after the Chief Financial Officer/Treasurer executes the agreement.

The maximum deferral period is 6 months and the deferred development charges must be repaid at the earliest of:

  1. Six months from date of issuance of building permit;

  2. Issuance of the occupancy permit; or

  3. Sale or transfer of the property.

Deferral of Payment of Development Charges for Certain Residential Development By-Law 2015-241

Deferred Development Charges – Residential (Report to City Council)

Application Form to Defer Residential Development Charges


2014 Development Charges Background Study & By-Law

1.2014 Development Charges By-law – 2014-151 (2,850 KB)

2.2014 Development Charges Background Study  (808 KB)

3.Development Charges By-Law Approval - News Release – June 24, 2014 (181 KB)

4.Notice of By-Law Passage (93 KB)

Development Charges Open house and Public Meeting

On Tuesday, May 6, 2014, at 4 p.m., the City of Greater Sudbury held a public meeting, pursuant to Section 12 of the Development Charges Act, 1997. The public meeting was held to present the proposed 2014 Development Charges by-law (to replace existing by-law 2009-200F) and the related underlying draft background study and obtain public input. Additionally, the City hosted a Public Open House on April 24, 2014 in the Foyer of Tom Davies Square.

All submissions received were considered prior to Council’s decision on June 10, 2014 and approval of the by-law on June 24, 2014.

PSA Development Charges Open House and Public Meeting – Thursday, April 17, 2014

Backgrounder - Thursday, April 17, 2014

Public Notice – Sudbury Star – Tuesday, April 15, 2014 – Northern Life – Tuesday, April 15, 2014

2014 Proposed Development Charges Open House - Display Boards - Part A (12, 357 KB) - Part B (11, 875 KB)

Reports to Council

Development Charges By-Law - June 24, 2014

2014 Development Charges Rates and By-Law - June 10, 2014

Status Report on Input for Development Charges - May 27, 2014

Proposed Changes to City's Development Charges By-Law and Rates – April 29, 2014

Development Charges 2014 - January 1, 2014 to July 9, 2014 - City Council Report dated December 10, 2013 (126 KB)

Update for 2014 Development Charges Background Study - City Council Report dated November 26, 2013

Presentation Slides

Development Charges Study - City Council - May 27, 2014

Public Input Meeting - Finance & Administration Committee - May 6, 2014

City Council Meeting - April 29, 2014

Update on 2014 Development Charges Background Study and By-Law - City Council - November 26, 2013

Annual Treasurer Reports

The Development Charges Act, section 43(1) states that “The treasurer of a municipality shall each year on or before such date as the council  of the municipality may direct, give the council a financial statement relating to development charge by-laws and reserve funds established under section 33.” In addition, Paragraphs 12 and 13 of Ontario Regulation 82/98 indicate the information to be included in the report.

There are annual treasurer reports presented to Council, since the development charges by-law 2009-200F was passed.

2014 Development Charges - Annual Treasurer Report

2013 Development Charges – Annual Treasurer Report

2012 Development Charges – Annual Treasurer Report

2011 Development Charges – Annual Treasurer Report

2010 Development Charges – Annual Treasurer Report

2009 Development Charges – Annual Treasurer Report


The development charges were “frozen” at existing rates for residential and industrial sectors effective July 10, 2014 for 2 years.  Development charges will increase starting July 1, 2016 to phase-in the calculated increase from the 2014 Development Charge Background Study over 3 years.  The maximum calculated rate will be collected in the final year of the by-law 2014-151 (ie. July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019).  Non-industrial (Commercial/Institutional) have decreased immediately effective July 10, 2014.  

City Council has established a new development charge rate for semi-detached dwellings at which the maximum rate in the fifth year is the mid-point between the rates for single family dwellings and multiples dwellings. 

On July 1, 2015 and each year thereafter to July 1, 2018, the charges will be indexed. 

On June 28, 2016, the Council of the City of Greater Sudbury passed By-law 2016-120, regarding an amendment to the Development Charges By-Law 2014-151.  The purpose of the amendment to the by-law is for the development charge rates to be frozen at the June 30, 2016 levels for a period of one year, which means that the approved phased-in and inflationary increases to the development charges not be implemented on July 1, 2016 and that the phased-in increase be implemented over the period of July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2019.

The 2014 by-law will be in effect until June 30, 2019.


The development charge is payable on the date the building permit or other approval is issued and shall be based on the development charge schedule in force on that date.

By agreement the City of Greater Sudbury may accept the provision of service in lieu of cash payment.

In the case of mixed-use developments the development charge allocation shall be based on the proportion of space expressed in gross floor area.


Please review by-law 2014-151 for a complete listing of all exemptions as well as the information pamphlet for a summary of the main exemptions.


2009 Development Charges Background Study

2009-200F Development Charges By-Law

2009 Development Charges Background Study  (629.5 KB)

Staff Report - June 25, 2009 (991 KB), Attachment 1 (121 KB), and Attachment 2 (50 KB)

Public Notice - June 5, 2009

Further information can be obtained from the Chief Financial Officer/Treasurer, and copies of the by-law can be obtained at a small cost from the City Clerk:

 City of Greater Sudbury
 2nd Floor, Tom Davies Square
 200 Brady Street, Box 5000, Station A
 Sudbury, Ontario
 P3A 5P3
 Telephone: 3-1-1