Liquid Waste Fees

New Waste Discharge Permit Application Fee

Waste Discharge Permits are required for High Volume Discharges and / or Restricted Wastes as defined in the Sewer Use Bylaw.

  • Application Fee: $1000

New Groundwater Discharge Permit Application Fees

Acceptance of contaminated groundwater from site remediation projects and storm water from excavations in the sanitary sewer are subject to numerous conditions, including the capacity of both municipal and regional sanitary sewer systems.

Application Fee:

    • $500 if maximum instantaneous flow is less than or equal to 6L/s
    • $1000 if maximum instantaneous flow is greater than 6L/s

Industrial and Groundwater Waste Discharge Permit Administration Fees

You must pay an administration fee for each Permit. Industrial Permits have an annual fee. For Groundwater Permits, the fee is based on the term of each Permit and is prorated for terms of less than one year.

Administration Fee (Z):

Z = $1400 + ($300 x A0.3) + B

Where A = maximum daily flow, in cubic metres per day, for the facility, as specified in the Waste Discharge Permit, and

Where B = the dollar amount for the industry type, as specified in Schedule “C”, Section 2.3.3 Table C of the Sewer Use Bylaw.

Industrial and Groundwater Waste Discharge Permit Amendment Fees

Each time a holder of a Waste Discharge Permit applies for an amendment to their Permit an amendment application fee is required.

  • Minor Amendment Fee: $250
  • Major Amendment Fee: $500

Minor and major amendments to a Waste Discharge Permit are defined in Schedule “C”, Section 2.2.2 of the Sewer Use Bylaw.

Industrial Treatment Fees

Industrial sewer users are charged according to how much treatment their wastewater requires as well as the demands put upon the sewerage system.

The fee rates are contained in the Industrial Pricing Strategy table below and are calculated and invoiced on a quarterly basis to each permitted industry. The fee calculation method is summarized in Schedule “F”, Section 3 of the Sewer Use Bylaw. Rates are reviewed annually and are subject to change.

 Usage Charges ​ ​ ​ ​  
 BOD ($/kg) $0.522$0.088$0.650$0.289$0.522
 TSS ($/kg) $0.789$1.338$0.743$1.732$0.789
 Flow ($/m3) $0.234$0.153$0.274$0.349$0.234
​ ​ ​ ​ ​  
 Capacity Charges ​ ​ ​ ​  
 BOD ($/kg) $6.393$12.401$11.531$12.768$6.494
 TSS ($/kg) $34.506$58.871$19.647$38.830$43.479
 Flow ($/m3) $20.323$57.260$5.806$36.403$11.513
January 2020
FSA = Fraser Sewerage Area;   VSA = Vancouver Sewerage Area  
LIWSA = Lulu Island West Sewerage Area;   NSSA = North Shore Sewerage Area
NWL = Northwest Langley Sewerage Area

How to Pay Fees

Note: The fees noted above are tax exempt.

Pay by cheque

To pay liquid waste discharge fees by cheque:

  • make cheques payable to the Greater Vancouver Sewerage and Drainage District,
  • include the invoice remittance form with your cheque,
  • mail your cheque and remittance form to:
    4730 Kingsway,
    Burnaby, BC V5H 0C6
    Attention: Financial Services  

Pay by electronic funds transfer

Please call us at 604-432-6200 for information.

Pay by credit card

Fees must be less than $5,000. Call 604-432-6200 with your credit card information as well as the relevant invoice number.


  • For any questions about the information on this page, contact
    Environmental Regulation and Enforcement Division


Please note that Invoices are not issued for Waste Discharge Permit application or Waste Discharge Permit amendment fees as these fees must be submitted with the respective application forms. Details on credit card payment for these submissions are stated on the application forms.