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Development Incentives


Development Incentive Program Summary



Target Area

Tax Abatement/Grant

Residential Intensification


New residential construction or adaptive re-use of existing buildings


  • Primary Area: Downtown zone
  • Secondary Area: Old Airport Road area


  • Full five year abatement (100% over five years), applies to Primary Area only
  • Declining five year abatement (100%-80%-60%-40%-20%), applies to Secondary Area
  • Additional five-year abatement for Residential Intensification project at Council's discretion
  • Up-front residential Intensification applies to Primary Area only at Council's discretion 


Industrial Relocation


Relocation of Industrial use from Sender Lands  to Receiver Lands


  • Sender Lands: Old Airport Road, Imperial Oil Lands near Negus Point, Old Town, Downtown and Kam Lake
  • Receiver Lands: Engle Business District


Declining seven year abatement (100%-90%-80%-70%-60%-50%-40%), applies to either Sender Lands or Receiver Lands but not both


Brownfield Remediation and Development


Brownfield development and redevelopment




Declining five year abatement (100%-80%-60%-40%-20%)



LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design)

certified building




Declining five year abatement (100%-80%-60%-40%-20%)


Heritage Preservation


Eligible work costs to restore or preserve a designated Heritage Building



The total abatement shall be the lesser of (i) 50% of eligible work costs, (ii) $50,000, or (iii) ten years of total property taxes (land and improvements) payable on the property and existing improvements.

Integrated Parking Structures


Innovative design options that integrate the required parking requirements within the footprint of the building

Downtown zone

Declining five year abatement (100%-80%-60%-40%-20%)


Downtown Parking Structure Development

multi-storey or below ground parking structure in the DT - Downtown Zone

Downtown zone

Declining five year abatement (100%-80%-60%-40%-20%)


Note: For detailed eligibility criteria please refer to Development Incentive Program By-law No. 4534, Or contact our Planning and Development Department at 920-5600 or 

Development Incentive Program Application Form


Hours of Operation

Winter Hours effective following the Labour Day Weekend
until prior to the Victoria Day Weekend (September to May)
Monday to Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: Closed

Summer Hours effective following the Victoria Day Weekend
until prior to the Labour Day Weekend (May to September)
Monday to Friday: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: Closed

Mailing Address & Phone Numbers

Yellowknife City Hall
4807 - 52 Street, P.O. Box 580, Yellowknife, NT X1A 2N4

Switchboard - (867) 920-5600
Mayor/City Manager - (867) 920-5634
Booking Clerk - (867) 669-3457
Municipal Enforcement (MED) - (867) 920-5630
After Hours (MED) - (867) 920-2737
After Hours (Public Works) - (867) 920-5699