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. 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 the municipalities except for the villages of Anmore, Belcarra and Lions Bay.
Sewerage & Drainage Services GIS Map
Updates to Development Cost Charges
Metro Vancouver is currently undergoing an update to the Liquid Waste DCC Bylaw, as well as pursuing legislative changes to enable DCCs to be collected for regional water infrastructure. Project information, including draft rates and engagement events will be posted on the 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, but individual municipalities sometimes choose to charge less to developers and use other revenue sources to make up the difference.