The Fermentation Operations Bylaw requires that administration and treatment fees be paid. Fermentation operations must pay their annual fees by the due date specified on their invoice. If fees are not paid within 90 days of the due date, then that Operation is prohibited from discharging wastewater generated from the fermentation process to the sewer until all fees are paid in full.

Administration Fees

Operators are required to pay an annual administration fee of $200 in order to cover the costs of regulating fermentation operations under this Bylaw.

Treatment Fees

All fermentation operations producing 250 hL of liquor per year or more are required to pay an annual fee to cover the costs of treatment and conveyance of wastewater discharged to the sewer. The annual treatment fee is the sum of all of the treatment fees that are applicable to each type of fermentation operation on the premises. Each treatment fee is determined using the following formula and fee table, for each calendar year:

(total production (hL) for that type of fermentation operation, as specified in Column 1 of Table 1)


(unit rate ($/hL) applicable to that type of fermentation operation, as specified in Column 2 of Table 1)
Column 1 Column 2
Type of Fermentation Operation Treatment Fee Unit Rate ($/hL production)
Sake maker$0.142


Note: Fermentation Operations producing less than 250 hL of product in the previous calendar year are exempt from paying treatment fees.

How to Pay Fees

Pay by cheque

To pay 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.

Annual administration fees are payable either to Metro Vancouver or the City of Vancouver.  The organization that issues that invoice must be paid by the due date specified on the invoice.  Please contact the City of Vancouver for details on how to pay fees owing to them.

Annual treatment fees are payable to Metro Vancouver.


  • Fermentation Operation Regulatory Program:

    ​Metro Vancouver




  • City of Vancouver