Development Charges (DCs) are fees charged by the Town for the recovery of growth costs. They are levied against new development, such as the construction of new buildings, expansions, or certain types of alterations. 

DCs help cover the cost of construction of new infrastructure supporting growth in the municipality. They assist in funding services and amenities such as parks, trails, community centres, roads, libraries, emergency services, and water and wastewater services.

Who pays DCs?

You may be required to pay DCs for land development or redevelopment projects if you are:

  • Constructing a new building (residential and non-residential).
  • Making an addition or alteration to an existing building that increases the number of residential units or the non-residential gross floor area.
  • Redeveloping a property or making interior alterations that result in a change of use to all or part of a building.

Unless otherwise provided by agreement, development charges are calculated and payable in full, on the date of issuance of a building permit.

The Town of East Gwillimbury also collects DCs on behalf of York Region and the York Region Catholic and Public District School Boards per the Development Charges Act. The rates are subject to indexing per the various by-laws. Each jurisdiction is responsible for setting its rates, indexing, and determining any exemptions. If you have inquiries related to calculations or exemptions, please contact the organization directly.

Current Charges

2024 DC Amendment Study

On April 23, 2024, Town Council approved the proposed Town-wide and Area-Specific Background Studies and By-laws, which were prepared following a comprehensive and collaborative study process. Following Royal Assent of Bill 185, Cutting Red Tape to Build More Homes Act, 2024, the Town brought forward an Amendment By-law to comply with the new legislation. On June 25, 2024, the Amendment By-law was passed.  

For more details, please view the Notice of Passing.

Previous Studies and By-laws

For inquiries regarding development charges, each jurisdiction should be contacted with respect to their development charge by-laws. The contact persons are listed below:

Contact information

Town of East Gwillimbury        

Chelsea Huber 
(905) 478-4283 ext. 1295         

York Region

Paul Simas
1-(877)-464-9675 ext. 71633

School Boards

Tom Pechkovsky 
(416) 221-5051 ext. 2374