No Development Charges in Cornwall

No Development ChargesCompetitive Development Charges

Cornwall is an affordable place to do business - including when it comes to constructing new buildings. Cornwall has one of the lowest development charge schedules in Ontario - including no development charges on manufacturing projects.

Development charges are the fees levied on residential and non-residential properties to help a city finance new infrastructure and municipal services. They are not the only costs involved in a development project: building permit fees, zoning application fees and other charges can all add up to a significant amount even on small projects.

Development charges may not always be readily evident in assessing the cost of moving to a city, as the charges may be absorbed by the contractor and recovered with a higher asking price for the property.

Project Type

Sample Development Charge in a Big City

Development Charge In Cornwall

Detached House

Often in excess of  $10,000

eg. Kingston: $20,000+

eg. Ottawa : $30,000+

$1,000 in 2018 scaling up to $5,000 over 5 years

Commercial Building

Often in excess of $10 per sq.ft.

eg. Kingston: $17+ per sq.ft.

eg. Ottawa: $20+ per sq.ft.

eg. Hamilton: $21 per sq.ft.


$2.73 per sq.ft.

Manufacturing Building

$4 to $10 per sq.ft.


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Cornwall also has lower than average building permit fees compared to most big cities in Ontario.


Building Permit Fees in a Big City

Building Permit Fees In Cornwall

Basic Building Permit Fees

$10 to $15 per $1,000 of estimated project cost

$12.50 per $1,000 of estimated project cost up to $1 million, then $9.45 per thousand over $1 million

The City of Cornwall’s Planning Department helps investors and developers in any development project. This includes explaining the impact of the City’s Official Plan, Zoning By-Laws and Site Plan Approval process. Building permit staff is there to assist in dealing with Ontario’s Building Code.

The Planning Department also coordinates Federal and Provincial government financing for community development projects, including neighbourhood improvement and brownfield redevelopment.