Funding Wastewater System Expansion
Metro Vancouver applies Development Cost Charges (DCC) to users that are part of emerging Lower Mainland developments to pay for new sanitary sewer works such as additional trunk lines, pumping stations, and wastewater treatment plant expansion.
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 the municipalities except for the villages of Anmore, Belcarra and Lions Bay.
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, but individual municipalities sometimes choose to charge less to developers and use other revenue sources to make up the difference.