Development Cost Charges (DCCs)
Under Section 559 of the Local Government Act, a municipality can establish development cost charges (DCCs), which are charges levied on new development to assist in funding the cost of upgrading or providing infrastructure services and acquiring and developing parkland needed to support new development. DCCs can be collected to help pay for transportation, drainage, water and sanitary infrastructure, as well as parkland acquisition and development.
The City of New Westminster has collected DCCs on developments in the Queensborough area since 1995. In 2005 the City expanded the DCC program to include charges for the Mainland. DCCs are collected from all development that imposes a new capital cost burden on the municipality.
In 2022, the City of New Westminster completed an update of City’s Development Cost Charge (DCC) program for transportation, water, sanitary and drainage. The update focuses on project cost estimates and new infrastructure to support development growth. New DCC rates come into effect on August 30, 2022.
- DCC Bylaw No.8327, 2022
- Development Application - DCC 2022 Major Update
- DCC Bylaw Adoption - Council Meeting; August 30, 2022
GREATER VANCOUVER SEWERAGE AND DRAINAGE DISTRICT (GVS&DD) DEVELOPMENT COST CHARGES
The City collects Greater Vancouver Development Cost Charges on behalf of Metro Vancouver. These funds are used to pay for regional sanitary sewer and drainage works. GVS&DD Development Cost Charges apply to all new development and are collected prior to issuance of a building permit.
Regional Transportation Development Cost Charges
The City collects the Regional Transportation Development Cost Charges (RTDCCs) on behalf of TransLink. The RTDCCs were introduced in 2018 and will be used to pay for improvements to the regional transportation system. These charges apply to all new developments and are collected prior to issuance of a building permit.