Some permits require a deposit at the time of submission.  This deposit is a partial payment of the permit fee, and will be deducted from the total cost of the permit once it has been reviewed and issued by the Building Division.

Description Deposit Amount
New Dwellings/Large Projects $480

The minimum permit fee for all permits is $160.

The balance of the permit fees and any applicable Development Charges will be due at the time of permit issuance.

Methods of Payment:

  • Dufferin County can accept debit, VISA, MasterCard, or cheque
  • We can accept cash only if you have exact change.
  • Development Charges must be paid by cheque.

Download a Copy of the Fee Schedule

The County's Building Fees have been updated as of March 1st, 2020.

Fees Payable for Specific Classes of Permits

Table listing fees

Fees Payable for Building Permits

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Class of Permit Table

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Development Charges

County-Wide Charges

Residential (per unit)

Single & Semi-Detached

Residential (per unit)


Residential (per unit)



(per square meter of gross floor area)

Service Component - Roads & Bridges

$916.00 $732.00 $415.00 $4.93
Service Component - Other $2,663.00 $2,130.00 $1,207.00 $3.54
County-Wide Total $3,579.00 $2,862.00 $1,622.00


The County also collects $1,432.00 per unit in development charges on behalf of the Upper Grand District School Board.

For a copy of the Development Charges Background Study, please click here.


No refund shall be made of an amount that is less than the minimum permit fee applicable to the work. 

Cancellation of a permit and request for refund must be made in writing by the owner or authorized agent of the owner.

90% where only administrative functions have been completed (application received and cost analysis complete)

80% where only administrative and zoning functions have been completed.

60% where administrative, zoning, and plans examination functions have been performed.

50% where, within six (6) months, the permit has been issued and no field inspections have been performed subsequent to permit issuance.

Refund of 50% less a 5% deduction for each field inspection performed subsequent to permit issuance.

No fees shall be refunded after twelve (12) months from the date of permit issuance.