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Summary of Park Fees Relating to the Development Process

Parkland Levies

In new developments or redevelopments, developers and builders will be required to either set aside a certain amount of land for parkland (parkland dedication) or alternatively they pay cash-in-lieu of parkland dedication. When they pay the fee in lieu of parkland dedication, the fee is called a Parks Levy Fee. These fees are paid prior to the issuance of the first building permit. Parks Levy Fees as set out below are a percentage of the market value of the development lands. (The Real Estate Unit of Facilities & Real Estate does the appraisal to determine the market value and the fee payable. There is also a fee for the appraisal.)

 

Parkland Dedication

Parkland Dedication requirements are identified in Section 3.2.3 of the City of Toronto's Official Plan and enacted in Municipal Code Chapter 415 Article III and IV and By-law 1020-2010.

Parkland dedication requirements vary by type of development.

Residential Development = 5%

Residential Alternative Rate =0.4 ha per 300 units*

Non-Residential = 2%

Industrial = Exempt

*SeeMunicipal Code Chapter 415 Article III and IV for alternative rate application.

See By-law 1020-2010 for 2% and 5% parkland dedication requirements & exemptions.

Applicant incurs legal fees and land transfer taxes on all parkland dedications to the City.

For additional information about parkland dedication requirements, please contact the Development Applications Unit Park Planners in your district:

North York District
(395-7902)
Etobicoke-York District
(394-8515)
Scarborough District
(396-4495)
Toronto & East York District
(392-8466)
Required:
Prior to issuance of first above-grade permit or prior to Subdivision Registration or timing specified in an agreement.


 

Cash-in-Lieu of Parkland Dedication

Where a parkland conveyance is unsuitable, a payment of cash in lieu of the parkland conveyance is required prior to the issuance of a building permit.

Details of this requirement are outlined in Municipal Code Chapter 415, Article III and IV and in By-law 1020-2010.

For additional information on the appraisal process and applicable fees, please contact the Real Estate Services (338-5105).

Payment by Certified Cheque provided to the cashier at any Toronto Building Customer Service Counter

For additional information about parkland dedication requirements, please contact the Development Applications Unit Park Planners in your district:

North York District
(395-7902)
Etobicoke York District
(394-8515)
Scarborough District
(396-4495)
Toronto & East York District
(392-8466)
Required:
Prior to issuance of first above-grade permit or as specified in an agreement.


 

Base Park Improvement Security (Citywide)

Amount to cover cost of bringing dedicated land to base park level i.e. grading inclusive of topsoil supply and placement, minimum of 150 mm depth; sodding #1 nursery grade or equivalent value of other approved park development; fencing, where deemed necessary to the satisfaction of Parks, Forestry and Recreation; drainage systems, including connections to the municipal services as required; electrical and water connections minimum 50 mm to street line including backflow preventers, shut off valves, water and hydro chambers; street trees along all public road allowances abutting City-owned parkland; standard park sign (separate certified cheque required); and demolition, removal and disposal of all existing materials, buildings and foundations.

List applicable authority, i.e. agreement, by-law (site specific if applicable) and Effective Date.

Standard form Letter of Credit or Certified Cheque payable to the Treasurer of the City of Toronto

Development Applications Unit Park Planners

North York District
(395-7902)
Etobicoke York District
(394-8515)
Scarborough District
(396-4495)
Toronto & East York District
(392-8466)
Required prior to:
  • Subdivision Registration
  • Site Plan Agreement registration
  • Release of building permit
Post completion subject to Certification of Completion by applicant's Landscape Architect. Partial releases available.


 

Above Base Park Improvement Security (Citywide)

As per subdivision or Section 37 agreement or negotiated as a percentage of the parks component of development charges.

List applicable authority, i.e. agreement, by-law (site specific if applicable) and Effective Date.

Standard form Letter of Credit or Certified Cheque payable to the Treasurer of the City of Toronto

Development Applications Unit Park Planners

North York District
(395-7902)
Etobicoke York District
(394-8515)
Scarborough District
(396-4495)
Toronto & East York District
(392-8466)
Required prior to:
  • Subdivision Registration
  • Site Plan Agreement registration
  • Section 37 Agreement registration
  • Release of building permit
Post completion subject to Certification of Completion by applicant's Landscape Architect. Partial releases available.


Parkland Occupation Permit

If the developers and builders require occupation of proposed or existing Park for construction staging, they would be required to enter into a Park Occupation Permit with the Planning, Design and Development Unit of Parks, Forestry and Recreation. The permit will outline the details of the park occupancy, restoration and associated fees. The terms of the permit shall be to the satisfaction of the General Manager of Parks, Forestry and Recreation. The rate is negotiated sometimes through the assistance of Facilities and Real Estate. 


 

Park Occupation Fee (Citywide)
Lease based on market value of area to be used.

List applicable authority, i.e. agreement, by-law (site specific if applicable) and Effective Date.

Payment by Certified Cheque

Market value established by Appraisal Services, Real Estate Services Section.

Development Applications Unit Park Planners

N orth York District
(395-7902)
Etobicoke York District
(394-8515)
Scarborough District
(396-4495)
Toronto & East York District
(392-8466)
Notice of Condition of Planning Approval. Negotiated prior to building Permit release. May be a monthly or flat fee or work in kind.

Applies when Park land used for construction staging, or sales office.


Limiting Distance Agreement

If the development is adjacent to an existing park or new proposed park the developer or builder should be aware that prior to the issuance of any building permits, if required, they may need to enter into a Limiting Distance Agreement with the City to achieve the required building setback with respect to the Ontario Building Code. This relates to provisions in the Ontario Building Code regarding percentage of window openings and minimum distances between buildings to prevent fire spread. Compensation to the City for the use of a portion of the City parkland to satisfy the Ontario Building Code requirement will be required under the Limiting Distance agreement.


 

Compensation for entering into a Limiting Distance Agreement (Citywide)
One time fee based on market value.

List Authority or Official City Policy allowing you to enter into an agreement and Effective Date.

Payment by Certified Cheque

Market value established by Appraisal Services, Real Estate Services Section.

Development Applications Unit Park Planners

North York District
(395-7902)
Etobicoke York District
(394-8515)
Scarborough District
(396-4495)
Toronto & East York District
(392-8466)
Required prior to:
  • Subdivision Registration
  • Site Plan Agreement registration
  • Section 37 Agreement registration
  • Release of building permit