This information is intended to give an overview of development charges (DCs). For more complete information, reference should be made to:

Always review the relevant by-law. Please consult with the Town of Huntsville Building department to determine the charges that may apply to specific development proposals.

Development charge overview

1. Purpose
DCs are levies against new development imposed. The charges help finance infrastructure to meet services that result from growth and development. 
2. By-law 

By-law No. 2019-133 as amended establishes Municipal-wide development charges.

3. Rules and application
  1. Development Charge By-law No. 2019-133 as amended applies to all lands in the Town of Huntsville
  2. Development Charges are payable under the By-law on the date a building permit is issued
  3. The following uses are wholly exempt from Development Charges under the By-law:
    • lands owned by and used for the purposes of a municipality, local board thereof, or board of education;
    • the enlargement of an existing residential dwelling unit, or the creation of one or two additional units where specified conditions are met;
    • the enlargement of the gross floor area of an existing industrial building where the gross floor area is enlarged by 50 percent or less;
    • buildings in the Community Improvement Plan Area, as shown in Schedule D to By-law 2019-133;
    • accessory apartments in new dwellings provided that the apartment is rented within 18 months of permit issuance, and remains rented for 5 years after occupancy
  4. A reduction in Municipal-wide development charges under By-law No. 2019-133 is allowed in the case of a demolition or redevelopment of a building, provided that the building existed on or after January 1, 1990
  5. The schedule of development charges shall be adjusted annually on January 1 in accordance with the most recent twelve-month change in the Statistics Canada Quarterly, “Non-residential Building Construction Price Index”
4. Services that DCs relate
  • Development-Related Studies
  • Library Services
  • Fire Services
  • Indoor Recreation and Parking
  • Outdoor Recreation
  • Roads and Related—including associated structures, sidewalks, street lights, traffic signals, landscaping and intersection improvements
5. Treasurer's statement

The purpose of the annual statement of the Treasurer is to document the continuity of each development charge reserve fund. The Treasurer’s Statement shall provide a description of each service for which a fund was established, the opening and closing balances of the reserve funds and of the transactions relating to the funds, the sources of funding including the manner in which capital costs not funded under the by-law was or will be funded.

The Treasurer’s Annual Statement may be viewed by the public at the office of the Town Clerk during regular office hours, Monday to Friday, between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

2021 Residential properties total municipal-wide services

Effective January 1, 2021 to December 31, 2021

Service

Single and semi-detached

Apartments with 2+ bedrooms

Apartments with bachelor and 1 bedroom

Other multiples

Library services $202 $138 $95 $155
Outdoor recreation $370 $254 $175 $287
Indoor recreation and parking $1,529 $1,048 $720 $1,186
Development related studies $123 $84 $57 $95
Fire services $686 $470 $323 $532
Roads and related $2,196 $1,505 $1,035 $1,705
Total municipal-wide services $5,106 $3,499 $2,406 $3,960

2021 Non-residential properties total municipal-wide services

Effective January 1, 2021 to December 31, 2021

Service Per square foot of gross floor area  Per square metre of gross floor area
Library services $0 $0
Outdoor recreation $0 $0
Indoor recreation and parking $0 $0
Development related studies $0.04 $0.45
Fire services $0.24 $2.51
Roads and related $0.75 $8.16
Total municipal-wide services   $1.03 $11.12

Alternate format: 2021 development charge pamphlet in PDF here. Or copies are available in hard print at Town Hall customer service.