​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Paying for Stormwater Management

Brampton needs to invest in our stormwater management system to ensure we can maintain services for now and the future. The Brampton Stormwater Charge is effective June 1st, 2020 and will appear on Region of Peel water bills. Most residents and businesses will receive their first bills in August 2020.

Residential taxpayers contribute 80% of property taxes but are responsible for less than half the stormwater runoff. This means residential taxpayers were indirectly subsidising the cost ​of the stormwater system for other sectors under property tax funding. The average residential homeowner would have to pay $132 per year in their property taxes toward stormwater without the stormwater charge in place. The stormwater charge reduces the cost to that homeowner by 33% ($89 versus $132).

​Stormwater Charges

Single-family residential properties are placed into one of five tiers based on measuremen​ts of roof areas. A flat rate payable in each tier is as follows.

Residential Property Category (Tier) Stormwater Charges per year
Extra Small $ 44.50
Small $ 62.30
Medium $ 89.00
Large $ 115.70
Extra Large $ 160.20

Multi-family and non-residential properties are charged according to the amount of hard surfaces on the property, as measured directly for each property.

Multi-family residential/non-residential properties Stormwater Charges per year
Multi-family residential/non-residential properties $ 89.00 for every 234 m2 of hard surface

​View My Stormwater Charge Estimate

Exemptions, Credits and Subsidies

The Brampton Stormwater Charge applies to all properties in Brampton excepting those that are exempt from municipal fees and charges by law. Certain other classes of properties are also eligible for Stormwater Charge reductions as follows:​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Resolving Errors in Stormwater Charges

If a property owner believes there is an error in their stormwater charge, they can make a request in writing to appeal their current assessment. An appeal may be filed for the following reasons:​

The process of filing an appeal does not pause the requirement to pay any invoiced stormwater charges, and the applicant will continue to pay stormwater charges during review of the appeal.

There is no charge for an appeal, and the person filing an appeal will be contacted within fifteen (15) business days from when the City receives the appeal and may be asked to provide further information where required to enable the review of the appeal to be completed, or may be directed to complete a stormwater charge reduction application.​

Appeals must be addressed to:

Environment & Development Engineering
City Hall, 3rd Floor
City of Brampton
2 Wellington Street West
Brampton, ON L6Y 4R2
Attention: Stormwater Charge Manager

The Stormwater Charge Manager will review each appeal and provide a decision to the person making the appeal within 60 days of receipt of a complete application. An application is deemed complete when all required or requested supporting documents or information have been received.

For appeals related to whether a property is exempt from stormwater charges through legal or technical exemptions, the Stormwater Charge Manager will review and decide on such appeals. If the appellant is unsatisfied with this decision, th​ey may appeal this decision to the Commissioner of Public Works and Engineering.

Further details on the appeals process can be found in the Brampton Stormwater Charge By-law Sections 29-34 and Schedule C, available here. A letter template is available for download here to assist in preparing your appeal.

Stormwater Funding Study

​In June 2019, City Council approved a new stormwa​ter charge to provide dedicated, sustainable funding for the City’s stormwater infrastructure.

The recommendation to implement this charge came out of a two-year study on sustainable funding options for this vital service. To view the reports, see below:

Contact Environment and Development Engineering

Planning, Building and Growth Management
2 Wellington St W, Brampton​