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Liquid Waste Development Cost Charges

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Funding Wastewater System Expansion

Metro Vancouver collects Development Cost Charges (DCCs) for new residential and non-residential developments in the region to pay for new sanitary sewer works such as additional trunk lines, pumping stations, and wastewater treatment plant expansion that are needed to deliver wastewater services to the future residents of these buildings. These fees are defined in the Development Cost Charge Bylaw.

Calculating the Development Cost Charges

DCCs are calculated based on the type of development and the location. The Lower Mainland is divided into four sewerage areas, Fraser, Lulu Island West, North Shore, Vancouver which include all of the region's municipalities except for the villages of Anmore, Belcarra and Lions Bay.  

Updates to Development Cost Charges

Metro Vancouver is currently pursuing the goal of collecting DCCs to aid funding of new regional water infrastructure to support our growing region. Information regarding the proposed water DCC, including draft rates, are posted on the DCC project website.

Collecting the Development Cost Charges

Local municipalities are responsible for collecting the charge. This is usually done at the subdivision approval stage for single-family residential developments and the building permit stage for other types of development.

The chart below outlines the general rates.

Overview

Metro Vancouver collects development cost charges (DCCs) for new residential and non-residential developments in the region to pay for new liquid waste and water infrastructure needed to provide services to the future occupants of these buildings. These charges are defined in the bylaws of the legal entity responsible. There are currently two separate DCC charges, liquid waste and water, with a new parkland acquisition DCC to be introduced in January 2025.

​​​​​Funding wastewa​​ter system expansion

Metro Vancouver collects Development Cost Charges (DCCs) for new residential and non-residential developments in the region to pay for new sanitary sewer works such as additional trunk lines, pumping stations, and wastewater treatment plant expansion that are needed to deliver wastewater services to the future residents of these buildings. These fees are defined in the Development Cost Charge Bylaw below. The Liquid Waste DCC will have new rates phased in over three years beginning January 1, 2025. ​

 

 

Development Cost Charge Bylawhttps://metrovancouver.org/boards/bylaws/GVSDD_Bylaw_254_Consolidated.pdf, Development Cost Charge BylawDevelopment Cost Charge Bylaw

​Calculating the development cost charges

DCCs are calculated based on the type of development and the location. The Lower Mainland is divided into four sewerage areas, Fraser, Lulu Island West, North Shore, and Vancouver.

For each sewerage area, the DCCs are based on four separate land use categories: residential (detached single-family, duplex and triplex), townhouse, apartment, and non-residential. Residential, townhouse, and apartment are charged per unit/dwelling, while non-residential developments ae charged per square foot.

View the Sewerage & Drainage Services GIS Map​​

Collecting the development cost charges

Local municipalities are responsible for collecting the charge. This is usually done at the subdivision approval stage for single-family residential developments and the building permit stage for other types of development.

Sewer DCC rates by sewerage area and land use category (effective:June 24, 2022 to December 31, 2024): ​​​​

Sewer Area​​Residential​​TownhouseApartment​​Non-Residential
​​Fraser​​$6,254 / unit​​$5,390 / unit​​$4,269 / unit​​$3.30 / ft2 of floor area
Lulu Island West​​$3,313 / unit​​​$2,756 / unit​​$2,042 / unit​​$1.54 / ft2 of floor area
​​North Shore​
​​$3,300 / unit​​$2,786 / unit​​$2,030 / unit​​$1.67 / ft2 of floor area
​​Vancouver​​$3,335 / unit$2,983 / unit​​$1,988 / unit ​​$1.63 / ft2 of floor area​

Effective Date: June 24, 2022

A list of DCC liquid waste capital growth projects can be found in the DCC Capital Growth Program 2021 Budget. The DCC rates include interest costs to finance the infrastructure projects.​

 

 

GVS&DD DCC Capital Growth Program 2021 Budgethttps://metrovancouver.org/services/liquid-waste/Documents/gvsdd-dcc-capital-growth-program-budget-2021.pdf, GVS&DD DCC Capital Growth Program 2021 BudgetGVS&DD DCC Capital Growth Program 2021 Budget

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Future DCC Rates​​

Revised DCC rates effective January 1, 2025 to January 1, 2027​​

Liquid Waste DCC

​Assist Factor​Existing 17.5%16%
Jan 1, 2025
​10%
Jan 1, 2026
1%
Jan 1, 2027
VSA
Residential Lot Development Unit $3,335 $10,498 $11,290 $12,476
​​​Townhouse Dwelling Unit $2,983 $9,593 $10,316 $11,400
Apartment Dwelling Unit
$1,988 $6,298 $6,772 $7,484
Non-Residential (per square foot) $1.63 $5.30 $5.70 $6.30
NSSA
Residential Lot Development Unit​​​$3,300$9,760$10,478$11,557
Townhouse Dwelling Unit​​​$2,786$8,996$9,658$10,652
Apartment Dwelling Unit​​$2,030$6,005$6,448$7,111
Non-Residential (per square foot)$1.67$5.00$5.37$5.92​​​
LISA
Residential Lot Development Unit​​​$3,313$5,683$6,152$6,855
Townhouse Dwelling Unit​​​$2,756$4,927$5,333$5,943
​Apartment Dwelling Unit​​​$2,042$3,516$3,806$4,241
Non-Residential (per square foot)$1.54$2.55$2.76$3.08​​​
FSA
Residential Lot Development Unit$6,254$11,443$12,311$13,613
Townhouse Dwelling Unit$5,390$10,015$10,775$11,914
Apartment Dwelling Unit​​​$4,269$7,302$7,855$8,686
Non-Residential (per square foot)$3.30$5.41$5.82$6.43
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"In-stream" applications"In-stream" applications<div class="ExternalClassA449A27FF12848C8B602B5B3C6A6EF47"><p>I started my development application process before the new Development Cost Charge (DCC) rates were approved. Am I subject to the new DCC rates? ​<br></p><p>New development cos​​t charge bylaws are subject to “in-stream” provisions as determined by Section 568 of the Local Government Act.</p><div class="uk-background-muted uk-panel uk-padding-medium"><p> <strong>Local Government Act </strong>- Effect of bylaws adopted after application for rezoning, development permit or building permit submitted</p><p> 568(2) - Subject to subsection (3), a development cost charge bylaw that would otherwise be applicable to the construction, alteration or extension of a building or structure has no effect with respect to that construction, alteration or extension if​<br></p><ol type="a"><li>the building permit authorizing that construction, alteration or extension is issued wi​​​thin 12 months after the date the bylaw is adopted, and<br></li><li>a precursor application to that building permit is in-stream on the date the bylaw is adopted.<br></li></ol></div> <br> <p>It is the issuance of a building permit for construction, alteration or extension of a building or structure that is required to qualify for the in-stream protections.</p><p> <i class="fa fa-light fa-link" aria-hidden="true"></i><a href="http://www.bclaws.ca/civix/document/id/lc/statreg/r15001_14#division_d0e45097" target="_blank">Learn more about Division 7 — Development Permits</a>​<br></p></div>​​<br>
Waiver or reduction for not-for-profit rental housingWaiver or reduction for not-for-profit rental housing<div class="ExternalClass4C95E41431714096A44D06576CBA1C03"> ​​ <p>​​GVWD (Liquid Waste) ​​DCCs may be waived for not-for-profit rental housing that is:</p><ul><li>​​Owned, leased or otherwise held by a not-for-profit society, BC Housing, CMHC, a non-profit municipal housing corporation, or a registered charity at the time of any application for, or issuance of, a waiver of DCCs;</li><li>Operated as rental housing for people who meet eligibility criteria;<br></li><li>Governed by the terms of an agreement and/or covenant with the Province of British Columbia, BC Housing, CMHC or a municipality regarding the operation of the housing and stipulating how the dwelling units will be managed and occupied; and</li><li>Proposed project rents are geared toward households who meet or fall below the applicable Housing Income Limits (HILs).</li></ul><p>There are also provisions to reduce DCCs for not-for-profit student housing. Details are provided in the Bylaws and the documents below.​</p><ul class="fa-ul"><li> <span class="fa-li"> <i class="fa-light fa-file"></i></span> <a href="/services/liquid-waste/Documents/gvsdd-dcc-waiver-for-affordable-housing-application-form.pdf" target="_blank" title="GVS&DD GVWD DCC Waiver for Affordable Housing – Application Form">GVS&DD GVWD DCC Waiver for Affordable Housing – Application Form</a><br></li><li> <span class="fa-li"><i class="fa-light fa-file"></i></span> <a href="/services/liquid-waste/Documents/gvsdd-dcc-waiver-for-affordable-housing-implementation-guideline.pdf" target="_blank" title="GVS&DD GVWD DCC Waiver for Affordable Housing – Implementation Guideline">GVS&DD GVWD DCC Waiver for Affordable Housing – Implementation Guideline</a></li><li> <span class="fa-li"><i class="fa-light fa-file"></i></span> <a href="/services/liquid-waste/Documents/gvsdd-dcc-waiver-for-affordable-housing-faq.pdf" target="_blank" title="GVS&DD GVWD DCC Waiver for Affordable Housing – FAQ">GVS&DD GVWD DCC Waiver for Affordable Housing – FAQ</a></li><li> <span class="fa-li"><i class="fa-light fa-file"></i></span> <a href="/boards/Bylaws/GVSDD_Bylaw_314_Consolidated.pdf" target="_blank" title="GVS&DD DCC Waiver or Reduction for Not-for-Profit Rental Housing Bylaw 314, 2018 - Unofficial Consolidation">GVS&DD DCC Waiver or Reduction for Not-for-Profit Rental Housing Bylaw 314, 2018 - Unofficial Consolidation</a></li><li> <span class="fa-li"><i class="fa-light fa-file"></i></span> <a href="/boards/Bylaws/GVWD_Bylaw_256.pdf" target="_blank" title="GVWD DCC Waiver or Reduction for Not-for-Profit Rental Housing Bylaw 256, 2022 - Unofficial Consolidation">GVWD DCC Waiver or Reduction for Not-for-Profit Rental Housing Bylaw 256, 2022 - Unofficial Consolidation</a></li></ul></div>​<br>

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 Related links

 

 

Housing Affordability and Diversityhttps://metrovancouver.org/services/regional-planning/housing, Housing Affordability and DiversityHousing Affordability and Diversity
Construction & Maintenance Projectshttps://metrovancouver.org/services/liquid-waste/construction-and-maintenance, Construction & Maintenance ProjectsConstruction & Maintenance Projects
Regional Water Development Cost Chargehttps://metrovancouver.org/services/water/regional-water-development-cost-charge, Regional Water Development Cost ChargeRegional Water Development Cost Charge
Parkland Acquisition Development Cost Chargeshttps://metrovancouver.org/services/regional-parks/Pages/regional-parkland-acquisition-development-cost-charge.aspx, Parkland Acquisition Development Cost ChargesParkland Acquisition Development Cost Charges

Contacts


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Waiver or Reduction for Not-for-Profit Rental Housing

Jessica Hayes,
Acting Program Manager, Housing Policy & Planning, Regional Planning & Housing Services
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  • 604-436-6848


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