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.
Sewerage & Drainage Services GIS Map
Updates to Development Cost Charges
Metro Vancouver is currently updating the Liquid Waste DCC Bylaw, as well as pursuing legislative changes to enable DCCs to be collected for regional water infrastructure. Information regarding the liquid waste DCC update and the water DCC, including draft rates and engagement events, will be 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.