The information on this page is a guide only to the development charges By-law. You should review the development charges by-law or consult with the Port Colborne Planning and Development Department to determine the charges that may apply to your specific land development.

City development charges

The City of Port Colborne collects development charges to cover the cost of providing infrastructure to new developments. Collecting development charges ensures that property taxes of existing residents and business are not raised. These charges help pay for infrastructure such as roads, water and wastewater services, fire protection, indoor and outdoor recreation services, library and administrative services. 

City development charges exemptions

There are a number of exemptions and reduction of fees offered within the Development Charges By-law. A few examples of developments that are not subject to development charges include:

  • An addition to an existing dwelling or dwelling unit
  • One or two new dwelling units in an existing single-detached dwelling or residential building
  • Non-residential farm buildings
  • Development within the downtown core area.

Additional exemptions and details can be found in the Development Charges By-law. 

Region of Niagara development charges (RDC's)

The City of Port Colborne also collects development charges on behalf of the Region of Niagara.

Niagara Catholic District School Board development charges

The City of Port Colborne also collects development charges on behalf of the Niagara Catholic District School Board. Niagara Catholic District School Board development charges By-law.

Payment of development charges

All development charges collect by the City of Port Colborne Development Charges By-law will be calculated and charged on the date the building permit is issued to develop land. No building permit shall be issued until the applicable development charge have been paid in full.