A growing municipality requires investment in growth related infrastructure to service new development. Development charges are fees that are paid by new development to fund the capital cost of services constructed throughout the county. Development charges play an important part in how growth related infrastructure is financed. Each new or expanded residential and non-residential development requires increased municipal infrastructure and services in order to function efficiently and effectively.
At least every five years, the County and its area municipalities conduct development charges background studies to forecast future residential and non-residential growth to determine infrastructure needs and costs. This information is used to calculate the amount of money that new development needs to pay in order to cover the cost of new infrastructure and services.
The County has a County-wide development charge that applies to the following County services:
- Growth-Related Studies
- Land Ambulance
- Waste Diversion
- Library – not applicable in the City of Woodstock
Water and wastewater development charges are area specific with a unique charge for each of the nine serviced areas.
Development charges for area municipal services can be found on their respective municipal websites, depending in which area municipality that the development occurs.
There are currently no education related development charges in Oxford County.
Links to additional information:
Development Charges Fact Sheet (Effective April 2021)
Development Charges Background Study - 2019
Development Charges Background Study - 2021
Development Charges Annual Report - 2019
By-law / Amendment
6121-2019 / 6323-2021 County-Wide
6122-2019 / 6324-2021 Woodstock Water & Wastewater
6123-2019 / 6325-2021 Tillsonburg Water & Wastewater
6124-2019 / 6326-2021 Ingersoll Water & Wastewater
6125-2019 / 6327-2021 Tavistock Water & Wastewater
6126-2019 / 6328-2021 Norwich Water & Wastewater
6127-2019 / 6329-2021 Thamesford Water & Wastewater
6128-2019 / 6330-2021 Plattsville Water & Wastewater
6129-2019 / 6331-2021 Drumbo Water & Wastewater
6130-2019 / 6332-2021 Mt. Elgin Water & Wastewater
Notice of By-law ammendent