Milton is one of the fastest growing communities in Canada. As a result, we need to spend time planning for new development. All new developments must follow the policies and regulations set out in the Official Plan and Zoning By-law. If a development does not comply with these policies and regulations, a development application is required.

Development applications and planning projects

It's important to submit a development application and site plan for new development in Milton. Review the application process and make sure you include all necessary drawings with your application.

Development charges

Development charges are collected to provide funds to allow Milton to expand municipal services such as roads and fire, transit and community services to all new developments. Review Milton’s Development Charge Pamphlet and Frequently Asked Questions for more information.

The Development Charge Background Study can also be accessed here.

Residential rates

View all development charges rates for residential developments. 

Non-residential rates

View all development charge rates for non-residential developments. 

Historical rates

Residential Development Charge rates from January 1- March 31, 2020 can be reviewed here.

Residential Development Charge rates from April 1- July 3, 2020 can be reviewed here. 

Residential Development Charge rates from July 4, 2020 - March 31, 2021 can be reviewed here. 

Residential Development Charge rates from April 1, 2021 - June 7, 2021 can be reviewed here.

Non-Residential Development Charge rates from January 1- March 31, 2020 can be reviewed here. 

Non-Residential Development Charge rates from April 1-July 3, 2020 can be reviewed here. 

Non-Residential Development Charge rates from July 4 2020- March 31, 2021 can be reviewed here. 

Non-Residential Development Charge rates from April 1, 2021 - June 7, 2021 can be reviewed here.

By-laws

Learn more about how development charges are regulated in Milton, by reviewing the development charge by-laws:

Background studies

Development charges are regulated through Ontario’s Development Charges Act. Milton conducts a background study into future growth and development before creating a new development charge by-law. Review our most recent background studies:

Interest Rate Policy

Excerpt from Town of Milton Policy No. 117:  Financial Management - Development Finance

4.1.4 Application of Interest

The Town will charge interest on deferral agreements under section 4.1.2 Deferral Agreements – Non-Residential (Non-Retail) Development Charges and 4.1.3 Deferral Agreements – Temporary Sales Trailer/Pavilion of this policy and in accordance with sections 26.1(7) and 26.2(3) of the Development Charges Act, 1997. Interest will be calculated and applied as follows:

  1. The Town’s financial institution prime lending rate will be the interest rate used.
  2. The interest rate will be variable and updated daily as required.
  3. Interest will be calculated and compounded monthly; using the amount owing on the last business day of the month.
  4. Interest under section 26.2(3) of the Development Charges Act, 1997, will accrue and along with the development charges calculated become part of the amounts owing at permit issuance.
  5. Interest on deferral agreements and under section 26.1(7) of the Development Charges Act, 1997, will be payable annually with the development charge payment.

Treasurer's statement

Review Milton’s Annual Treasurer’s Statement

Rebate program information

For information on the Town's Development Charges Rebate program, please click here. 

The Rebate application form can be accessed here. 

Heritage planning

We are committed to preserving the history and heritage of our community through heritage planning. Learn about heritage designations and how to apply for a heritage permit to renovate your heritage property.

Urban design

Review the urban design guidelines to make sure that your new development meets the desired level of design quality established in Milton.