Ottawa’s municipal building permit/user fees increase effective Jan. 1



Ottawa Construction News staff writer

The City of Ottawa says planning, infrastructure and economic development department user fees have increased by approximately 3 per cent effective Jan. 1 in line with the 2021 city budget.

In a note to the National Capital Heavy Construction Association (NCHCA), Stephen Willis,

general manager, Planning, Infrastructure and Economic Development, reported these fee highlights.

  • Majority of building permit fees have increased by approximately 2.4%;
  • Several planning application fees have also increased by approximately 2.4%;
  • Site Plan Control, subdivision and zoning application fees increased to reflect council’s decision to fund new staff positions within the department;
  • New fees are being introduced for delegated heritage permits and major heritage applications as a result of the cost implications related to the introduction of Bill 108 changes to the Ontario Heritage Act;

The general manager, Planning, Infrastructure and Economic Development, is authorized to reduce or waive the application fee for permits under the Ontario Heritage Act that meet one of the following requirements:

  • Applications processed under the authority delegated to staff including:
  • Those that meet the definition of restoration, rehabilitation, or preservation according to the Standards and Guidelines for the Conservation of Historic Places in Canada;
  • Building maintenance projects;
  • Landscaping projects.
  • Applications related to demolishing or rebuilding existing buildings affected by catastrophic events; or
  • Applications related to alterations of properties to bring them into compliance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act.


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