The information contained on this page is intended only as a guide. Applicants should review By-law 92-2017, Being a By-law to Establish Development Charges for the Corporation of the Municipality of Bluewater, and consult with the Building Department to determine the applicable charges that may apply to specific development proposals.

General Purpose
Under the Development Charges Act, 1997, S.O. 1997, c. 27, municipalities must undertake a study and adopt a by-law if they wish to impose Development Charge fees.  The Municipality of Bluewater has prepared a study and adopted By-law 92-2017 which is effective for the period of August 22, 2017 to August 22, 2022 unless it is repealed by Council at an earlier date.

Area to Which By-law Applies
Subject to section 3.3, this By-law applies to all lands in the Municipality of Bluewater whether or not the land or use thereof is exempt from taxation under s. 13 of the Assessment Act, R.S.O 1990, c. A.31.

Development charges imposed pursuant to this By-law may be adjusted annually, without amendment to this By-law, commencing on the 1st of January, 2018 and each year thereafter, in accordance with the prescribed index in the Act.

Statement of the Treasurer
The Treasurer shall each year on or before such date as Council may direct, give Council a financial
statement relating to the development charge by-law and reserve funds established.

Services Covered
The categories of services for which Development Charges are imposed are as follows:
(a) Services related to a Highway;
(b) Outdoor Recreation Services;
(c) Administration;
(d) Waste Diversion;
(e) Wastewater Services; and
(f) Water Services

Development Charge Exemptions
Not withstanding the provision of this by-law, development charges are not imposed with respect to:
(a) lands, buildings or structures used or to be used for a place of worship or for the purposes of a
cemetery or burial ground exempt from taxation under the Assessment Act; and
(b) the development of non-residential farm buildings constructed for bona fide farm uses, being that which operates with a valid Farm Business Registration Number and is assessed in the Farmland Realty Tax Class.

(please refer to By-law 92-2017 for a full list of development charge exemptions.)

Schedule of Development Charges (as of January 1, 2021)

Schedule of Development Charges (as of January 1, 2018)

The Development Charges By-law is available for viewing at the municipal office, Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm or by clicking on the following link:  By-law 92-2017

To view the Development Charges Background Study, click on the following link:  Development Charges Background Study