Fees

The following is a comprehensive list of fees for Municipal Services in Highlands East.

Administration Fees

Administration Fees
ServicePrices
Photocopies

$0.25 per page, black and white

$0.50 per page, colour

$0.10 per page for non-profits

Fax Transmissions

Sending Fax, North America only: $2.50 for first page and $1.25 for each page thereafter 

Receiving Fax: $3.00 per page

Municipal Flags

$150 each

Cottage Kits

$5.00 each or $40 for ten

Highlands East Info Map

$5.00 each

County 911 Maps

$5.00 each

Lottery Licenses

3% of the value of the total prize to be awarded, or

3% of total prize money to be awarded.

Minimum fee of $15

Dog Licences

$5.00 neutered

$10.00 unneutered

Business Licences

$250

Composters 

$39.00 plus HST

Digesters

$80.00 plus HST

Arena Fees

Keith Tallman Memorial Arena Rental Rates
Rental Type*Hourly Rate
Minor League Sports including Figure Skating

$60 plus HST

Non-prime Time (Monday to Friday 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.)

$60 plus HST

Prime Time (Monday to Sunday after 5:00 p.m.)

$95 plus HST

Tournaments

$95 plus HST

Birthday Parties (includes extra 30 minutes of free lobby time)

$60 plus HST

*All events require a minimum of two million dollars of liability insurance that can be purchased through the Municipality.

Building Fees

For more details on how to apply and what is required please see Building Permits.

Permit Fees
TypeFee
Non-refundable administration fee $75
Minimum building permit fee $100

Permit fees are calculated by the floor area of the proposed construction multiplied by the values as set out under Building Classifications below.

Floor area shall be the total area of all floor above grade measured to the outside face of the exterior walls.

Building Classifications
Building TypesFee

Buildings used for human habitation including dwellings, guest cabins, multi residential, second suites or additions to those buildings.

$0.70 per square foot
Renovations to existing dwellings. $0.30 per square foot
New foundation under an existing building or the interior finishing of a basement. $0.40 per square foot
Accessory buildings and/or additions to those buildings. $0.50 per square foot
Commercial, industrial and institutional buildings or additions to those buildings. $0.70 per square foot

Agricultural buildings and/or additions to those buildings.

$0.30 per square foot
Flat Rate Fees
TypeFee
HVAC/HRV $100
Plumbing $100
Wood burning appliance (wood stove) $100
Decks, docks, verandahs, covered porches

$0.50 per square foot

Minimum $100

An administration fee may apply if the above are issued as standalone permits.

Other Permits
TypeFee
Demolition permit $100
Temporary tents over 60 square metres $100
Sea containers $100
Conditional permit $100 plus applicable building permit fees
Partial building permit $100 plus applicable building permit fees
Change of use $100 plus applicable building permit fees
Transfer of permit $100
Septic Permit Fees
TypeFee
Application for a class 4 septic system. $875

Application for a class 2, 3 or 5 septic system or to replace the tank or bed only of a class 4 system.

$450
Septic review or revision to permit. $100
Addition or renovation to an existing septic system. $250
Re-inspection of septic systems. $100
Additional Fees
TypeFee
Permit renewal $100
Revisions on plans $100
Additional inspections $100
Re-inspections over five years $100 per inspection
Re-inspection fee (not ready) $100
Fine for construction without a permit (in addition to the building permit fee) Double the permit fee
Fee to remove Order to Comply and/or Stop Work Order $200
Miscellaneous Fees
TypeFee
File search for copies of septic systems $50
Zoning compliance letter $100
Zoning and septic compliance letter $150
Severance or Lot Addition Application Fees
TypeFee
Less than 10 acres $300
Greater than 10 acres $150
Subdivision Fees
TypeFee
1 to 10 lots $300
Each lot over 10 $150
Refunds of Permit Fees
TypeRefund Amount
No inspections made Fees less $75
Administrative functions only have been performed 80%
Administrative and plan examinations have been performed 45%
Permit issued but no field inspections have been made 35%
Permit issued and field inspections have been made No refund
Permit revoked in accordance with the Act, Building Code or By-law No refund

No refunds less than $75 will be made.

Cemetery Fees

  • Sub-totals shown are subject to HST.
  • Resident and Non-Resident fees apply. Resident means an individual(s) that own property within the Municipality of Highlands East.
  • Weekday means from Monday to Friday.
Full Burial Rates for Sale of Interment Rights and Care & Maintenance
TypeInterment RightsCare & Maintenance*Sub-Total
Single Plot, Resident $570.00 $380.00 $950.00
Single Plot, Non-Resident $970.00 $646.67 $1,616.67
Social Service Interment**      $1300.00

* Care & Maintenance cost is the greater of 40% of the Sub-Total or $290.00 as per FBCSA.

** This fee is paid for by Ontario Works for qualified recipients and includes the cost of opening and closing the grave.

Columbarium Costs for Interment Rights and Care & Maintenance
Interment RightsCare & Maintenance*Sub-Total
$782.00 $165.00 $947.00

* Care & Maintenance cost is the greater of 15% of the Sub-Total or $165 as per FBCSA.

Scattering Costs for Interment Rights and Care & Maintenance (South Wilberforce Cemetery Only)
TypeInterment RightsCare & Maintenance*Sub-Total
Single Scattering $150.00 $115.00 $265.00
Multiple Scattering $255.00 $45.00 $300.00
No Rights Holders $30.00 $0.00 $30.00

* Care & Maintenance cost is the greater of 40% of the Sub-Total or $115 for single and 15% of the Sub-Total or $30 for multiple as per FBCSA.

Weekday Interment and Disinterment Opening and Closing Costs
Type of BurialSub-Total
Casket, Resident $500.00
Casket, Non-Resident $600.00
Cremation, Resident $200.00
Cremation, Non-Resident $250.00
Scattering, Single $100.00
Scattering, Multiple $200.00
Scattering, No Rights Holder* $25.00
Casket Disinterment $750.00
In Ground Cremation Disinterment $375.00
Columbarium Cremation Disinterment $300.00

* This cost is for Weekday and Saturday as per FBCSA.

Monument Administration and Care & Maintenance Fees
ItemAdmin FeeCare & Maintenance*Sub-Total
Flat (less than 173 square inches) $100.00 None $100.00
Flat (more than 173 square inches) $150.00 $100.00 $250.00
Upright (less than 4 feet in any dimension, including the base) $150.00 $200.00 $350.00
Upright (more than 4 feet in any dimension, including the base) $200.00 $400.00 $600.00

* Care & Maintenance cost as per FBCSA. Monument Directors need to deposit, with the Municipality of Highlands East, the required contribution to the Care and Maintenance Fund for Markers before to installing the marker or monument.

Other Service Fees for Monuments, Niches and Scattering
ItemSub-Total
Foundation Installation $300.00
Marker/Monument Staking $75.00
Corner Stones (Four six inch by six inch granite corner stones. Includes engraving of one line of lettering, maximum nine letters, on each corner stone plus installation.) $180.00
Corner Stone Installation (for stones purchased by third party) $40.00
Weekend & Holiday Charges, Winter Burials and Other Fees
ItemSub-Total*
Saturday Interment (Casket, Cremation, Niche) $200.00
Sunday or Holiday Interment (Casket, Cremation, Niche) $400.00
Saturday Interment (Scattering) $100.00
Sunday or Holiday Interment (Scattering) $200.00
Weekday Winter Interment** $1125.00
Saturday Winter Interment** $1225.00
Sunday or Holiday Winter Interment** $1375.00
Initial Columbarium Engraving $290.00
Final Columbarium Engraving (Deceased Date) $240.00

* Interment prices are per medical certificate.

** Additional contractor fees may apply.

Community Centre Fees

Community Centres and Rental Rates
Facility*Full Day Rate**Half Day Rate**
Lloyd Watson, Main Hall (Wilberforce)

$160 plus HST

$100 Deposit

$25 Key Deposit

$50 plus HST

$50 Deposit

$20 Key Deposit

Robert McCausland, Main Hall (Gooderham)

$140 plus HST

$100 Deposit

$20 Key Deposit

$50 plus HST

$50 Deposit

$20 Key Deposit

Cardiff Community Centre

$120 plus HST

$100 Deposit

$20 Key Deposit

$50 plus HST

$50 Deposit

$20 Key Deposit

Highland Grove Community Centre

$100 plus HST

$100 Deposit

$20 Key Deposit

$50 plus HST

$50 Deposit

$20 Key Deposit

*All events require a minimum of two million dollars of liability insurance that can be purchased through the Municipality.

**Non-profit Community Groups, Fund Raising and Educational Sessions held at no charge with complete application and approved fee waiver.

Financial and Tax Department Fees

Financial and Tax Department Fees
ServiceFees
Tax Certificate $75
NSF Cheques $25
Overdue Tax Bills 1.25% per month
Overdue Invoices 1.25% per month

Fire Service Fees

Fire Service Fees
ServiceFees
Fire Incident Report/File Search $75 payable upon receipt of the report.
Fire Inspections $75 payable before inspection.
Burning Permit* $50 payable upon receipt of required information.
Responses to Motor Vehicle Accidents Ministry of Transportation Rates applicable at time of call.
(Includes Motor Vehicle Fires, Motorized Snow Vehicles and All-Terrain Vehicles on any road or trail.)
Outdoor Burning Violation Ministry of Transportation Rates applicable at time of call and/or appropriate fine from the Open Air Burning By-law applicable at time of call.
Fire Investigation
(Cost Recovery)
Municipal and third party contractor fees involved with investigation.
False Alarms Ministry of Transportation Rates applicable at time of call for each alarm after the second alarm in a twelve month period.

*Daytime Burning Permits are issued by the Fire Chief for an approved date and time for burns that exceed non-permit regulations. No permits are issued during Fire Bans. For more details on burning rules please see Burning Permits and By-Law.

Landfill and Recycling Fees

As a COVID-19 safety measure, cash will no longer be accepted for landfill tipping fees. Your information will be collected and an invoice will be mailed to you. Learn more about this change.

Landfill and Recycling Fees
TypeFee
Household Garbage (less than one cubic-yard) No Charge
Bulk Garbage (over one cubic-yard) $25 per cubic-yard
Recyclable Material No Charge
Scrap Metal No Charge
Tires (Any type. Maximum four per visit.) No Charge
Tagged CFC (Freon) Appliance No Charge
Untagged CFC (Freon) Appliance No Charge
Non-CFC (Freon) Appliance $10 each
Furniture $10 each
Mattresses or Box Springs $15 each
Construction and Demolition Materials (sorted) $40 per cubic-yard
Construction and Demolition Materials (unsorted) $80 per cubic-yard
Contaminated Soil (soil must meet all regulatory guidelines for acceptance at landfills) $50 per cubic-yard
Brush (Four inches in diameter or less.) $20 per cubic-yard
Propane Tank (Accepted at Mumford Road and Highway 28 landfills only.) No charge.
Oil Tank (Empty, dry and cut in half.) No charge.
Automotive Batteries Not accepted.
Paint, Oil and other Hazardous Waste Materials* Not accepted.
Electronic Waste such as TVs, Monitors and Computers No charge.
Boat (Motor and gas tank removed.) $6 per foot
Shrink Wrap (Must be bundled with string.) $10 per wrap

*These items can be dropped off during scheduled Household Hazardous Waste Collection Days held throughout the year.

Marriage Fees

  • Marriage licence: $125.00 plus HST

Payments can be made with cash or debit.

Planning Fees

Planning Fees: Consultations
ServiceFee
Pre-consultation Prior to Application Submission 1 $450
Planning Fees: Zoning By-Law Amendments
ServiceFee
Major Zoning By-Law Amendment Application 2 $3450
Minor Zoning By-Law Amendment Application 3 $1200
Temporary Use By-Law Application $1200
Request to Lift Holding (H) Provision $750
Planning Fees: Official Plan Amendments
ServiceFee
Major Local Official Plan Amendment 4 $5000
Minor Local Official Plan Amendment 5 $2000
Simultaneous Local Official Plan and Zoning By-Law Amendment Official Plan Amendment Fee plus 50% of Zoning By-Law Amendment Fee
Planning Fees: Site Plan Control Applications
ServiceFee
Major Commercial (over 600m2) $2000 plus $1.50 per m2
Minor Commercial (under 600m2) $1500 plus $1.50 per m2
Industrial/Institutional $2000 plus $1.50 per m2
Major Multi-Residential (6 or more units) $2000 plus $50 per unit
Minor Multi-Residential (5 or fewer units) $1000 plus $50 per unit
Standard Residential (1-2 units) $1200
Major Amendment 50% of current application fee
Minor Amendment $500
Minor Amendment to Site Plan (no amendment to agreement) $500
Request to Waive Site Plan Control $200

Staff Review and Comments for Revised Plans (after first set of revisions)

$500
Recirculation of Revised Plans to External Agencies for Comment $300 
Planning Fees: Minor Variance Applications
ServiceFee
Standard Minor Variance Application $900
Complex Minor Variance Application 6 $1200
Planning Fees: Plans of Subdivision / Condominium / Consent
ServiceFee
Municipal Review of Plan of Subdivision / Condominium Application $2000
Pre-consultation Comments for a Consent Application $650
Deeming By-Law $500
Consent Administration Fee $350
Deeming By-Law to Accompany Road Allowance Closure and Purchase $200
Planning Fees: Agreements
ServiceFee
Subdivision Agreement $750
Severance Agreement $750
Encroachment Agreement or License of Occupation $750
Responsibility Agreement $750
Legal Agreement (any type; administered by staff) $750
Renewal of Encroachment Agreement or License of Occupation $500
Amend Agreement $500
Request to Remove Agreement from Title $250
Planning Fees: Miscellaneous
ServiceFee
Zoning and Building Compliance Letter $100
Zoning By-Law and Official Plan Print Copies Costs Only
Telecommunications Tower Review $1000
Telecommunications Tower Private Circulation $200
Amendment to Application Requiring Recirculation $300
Amendment to Application Not Requiring Recirculation $100
Additional Staff Site Inspection $100
Additional Public Meeting or Open House $300
Review and Reactivation of Application Deferred at Request of Applicant 50% of the application fee if more than six (6) months have passed since deferral
Request to Council Requiring Staff Report Not Outlined Above 7 $100
Planning Fees: Deposits
Deposit TypeFee
Peer Review Deposit 8 $5000
Professional Services Deposit 8 $2500
Legal Fees Deposit 8 $750
Ontario Land Tribunal Deposit 9 $5000
Planning Fees: Solar
ServiceFee
Micro Ground Mount Solar Clearance $350 Non-refundable administration fee.
Small Scale Ground Mount Solar Clearance $1,200 (Includes $350 Non-refundable administration fee.)
Resubmission of Small Scale Ground Mount Solar Clearance Application (If changes to the application with the inclusion require a report to council.) $600
Large Industrial Scale Ground Mount Solar Clearance $2,000 (Includes $350 Non-refundable administration fee.)

Resubmission of Large Industrial Scale Ground Mount Solar Clearance Application (If changes to the application with the inclusion require a report to council.) $1000

For more details please see:

1 Pre-consultation: Applications for Zoning By-Law amendment, official plan amendment, site plan control, plan of subdivision or plan of condominium require the submission of a pre-consultation review to the municipality in advance of application submission. Pre-consultation is not required, but is strongly encouraged, for minor variance applications.

2 Major Zoning By-Law Amendment: A "Major" Zoning By-Law amendment is a Zoning By-Law amendment that (one or more may apply):

  • Requires a major amendment to the Municipality's Official Plan and/or an amendment to the County of Haliburton's Official Plan;
  • Requires extensive studies and/or consultation and collaboration with external agencies; 
  • Constitutes a change of use to permit new Commercial, Industrial, Extractive or Institutional uses;
  • Constitutes a substantial increase in density (ie, accompanying an application for Plan of Condominium or Subdivision, conversion to medium or high density residential use from low density residential use.).
  • Constitutes a substantial a increase in the development envelope or density for existing Commercial, Industrial, Extractive or Institutional uses.

3 Minor Zoning By-Law Amendment: A "Minor" Zoning Bylaw amendment is a Zoning By-Law amendment that:

  • Applies to a single parcel or land for low density residential use, including the construction of an additional dwelling unit;
  • Permits additional ancillary or accessory uses or structures that are compatible with the existing Zone designation and Official Plan policies;
  • Permits minor increases in floor area, height, parking areas, etc., for existing Commercial, Industrial or Institutional uses;
  • Clarifies existing zone boundaries through a professional evaluation (ie, a qualified professional providing revised environmental protection boundaries, hazard land boundaries, etc.).

4 Major Official Plan Amendment: A "Major" Official Plan amendment s an Official Plan amendment that (one or more may apply):

  • Proposes a re-designation or change in land use for property(ies);
  • Requires many changes to the policies and schedules of the Official Plan;
  • Is more significant in scale and scope than a minor Official Plan amendment, and which may have greater impact or policy implications beyond the subject lands. Applications relating to more than one property would normally be this category;
  • A site-specific application representing a large scale development/redevelopment or a change in use. An application involving significant changes to the text or policies of the Official Plan would also fall in this category; and,
  • An application that also requires an amendment to the County of Haliburton Official Plan.

5 Minor Official Plan Amendment: A "Minor" Official Plan amendment is an Official Plan amendment that:

  • Proposes a small-scale exception to a specific Official Plan standard (e.g., minor changes to the number of permitted units; or to add a site-specific use limited In scale);
  • Proposes a minor change to a specific policy that is limited in scope and typically to one property;
  • Maintains the intent and purpose of the Official Plan; and,
  • Shall have limited impact or policy implications beyond the subject lands.

6 Complex Minor Variance Application: A "Complex" Minor Variance application is an application for minor variance that includes one or more of the following elements:

  • A minor variance application for a property subject to a site plan or other development agreement with the Municipality;
  • Requires studies or reports to support the application;
  • Requires consultation and collaboration with external agencies beyond the minimum requirements of the Planning Act.

7 Requests to Council Requiring a Staff Report: Occasionally, land owners may request that the Municipality assist with planning processes or real property matters, such as permission to cross a one foot reserve, or that the Municipality take widening to a road to facilitate a lot merger. Where these requests require a planning staff report to provide context or advice alongside the proposal, a nominal fee may be charged to cover costs.

This fee does not apply to matters whereby Council has directed staff to bring a report for their consideration.

8 Deposits: The Municipality may require the payment of deposits upon submission of any application.

Deposits may be applied to cover peer review fees, professional fees should the Municipality require the expertise or advice of a third party consultant (engineer, planner, surveyor, etc.), as well as any legal costs incurred. Deposits may also be applied to any registration fees, disbursements, reproduction costs, postage, advertising, telephone charges, facsimile charges, and any other reasonable costs which may be incurred by the Municipality.

Should fees exceed the initial deposit received, the Municipality shall request further deposits or payments of invoices. Additional funds may be requested from time to time, to fully cover the municipal expenses. Work will not be completed by the Municipality, its solicitor or consultants until such deposit has been paid by the applicant.

The Municipality will keep an accurate record of all costs incurred with respect to planning applications. Upon completion of the processing of an application, the Municipality will reconcile the account for the applications where a deposit has been paid. A refund of the deposit will be made with the exception of those costs incurred by the Municipality, as determined by the Treasurer. If the cost to process an application exceeds the deposit, the applicant will be responsible for the additional costs and will pay such costs upon invoice by the Municipality.

9 Ontario Land Tribunal Appeal Deposit: If Council supports an application and its decision on the application is appealed to the Ontario Land Tribunal (OLT) by someone other than the applicant, the applicant will be responsible for all Municipal costs to defend the decision. These costs may include all planning fees, legal fees, engineering fees, fees of other professionals, disbursements, reproduction costs, telephone charges, facsimile charges, peer review fees and any other reasonable costs which may be incurred by the Municipality.

The applicant will submit a deposit to the Municipality, upon submission of the file to the Ontario Land Tribunal (OLT), and will enter into an agreement with the Municipality to fully cover Municipal expenses with regard to the appeal.

Additional funds may be requested to fully cover the Municipal expenses. Work will not be completed by the Municipality, its solicitor or consultants until such deposit has been paid by the applicant.

Roads Fees

Roads Fees
TypeFee
Entrances $100

Swimming Fees

Cardiff Pool Memberships
Membership Type*Fee
Residents

$35 per person

$110 per family (maximum of five)

Non-residents

$45 per person

$150 per family (maximum of five)

Seniors**

$25 per person

Non-member rate

$5 per person

*Members are provided with a badge to wear to the pool as proof of membership.

**Must qualify for Old Age Security benefits and be a resident of Highlands East.

Swimming Instruction Fees for Cardiff Pool
Registration TypeFee
Residents

$30 per person for two week session.

Non-residents

$50 per person for two week session.

All summer swim programs have been cancelled for the 2022 season.

Swimming Instruction Fees for Public Beaches
Registration TypeFee
Residents and Non-residents

$30 per person for two week session.

All summer swim programs have been cancelled for the 2022 season.