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Development Cost Charges (DCCs)

The City of Surrey has had Development Cost Charges since 1978. These Development Cost Charges (DCCs) are updated every few years to reflect current costs and growth trends.

Development Cost Charges (DCCs) are levied on new development to fund the costs of expanding and upgrading the City’s road, water, drainage and sewer services, and for parkland acquisition or improvement, to meet the needs of projected growth that's expected to occur within the next 10 years, as outlined in the 10-Year Servicing Plan.

DCCs are charged at the subdivision stage when creating new single-family lots, or at the building permit stage for multi-family, commercial, industrial, and institutional development.

2020 Development Cost Charges Update

The City is updating its Development Cost Charges Bylaw, which has been in effect since May 2018, and did not change in 2019. As part of the review and update, we now have new information on a number of DCC program inputs, including: population and growth estimates, servicing requirements, construction and land acquisition costs, and growth-related infrastructure and park needs.

We invite the public, developers and other stakeholders to learn more about the update process and to review the draft program and draft DCC rates presented at a public Open House on January 8, 2020.

View the Open House presentation boards.

Can’t make the Open House? Review the materials and send us your comments by January 21, 2020 to

What Kinds of Projects are DCCs Used to Pay For?

DCCs are used to meet growth-related infrastructure needs by funding:

  • transportation: new roads and bridges, road widening, capacity improvements, signalization, and sidewalks and cycle tracks;
  • water: new and upgraded water mains, new water pump stations and reservoirs;
  • sewer: new trunk mains, new sanitary pump stations and sewer upgrades;
  • drainage: stormwater ponds and pump stations, culvert upgrades and storm sewer upgrades; and,
  • parks: acquiring parkland for parks and greenways and completing park improvements.

Development Cost Charge Bylaw

The City's current Development Cost Charge Bylaw No. 19478 came into effect on May 16, 2018. This Bylaw represents the final phase of a three-phase program to increase DCC rates, which now include the following updates:

  • Adjustments of the Parkland municipal assist factor (MAF) from 3% to 1%.
  • Revisions to the value of parkland acquisition program to reflect market changes.
  • Additions in infrastructure to support development in recently completed NCPs such as West Clayton.
  • Additions in infrastructure to support development along and adjacent to rapid transit corridors.

In-stream applications will have one year to complete from final reading of the Bylaw in order to qualify for current DCC rates.

Development Cost Charge Reports

Local governments are authorized to collect DCCs under the Local Government Act, and as required by Section 937.01, the City of Surrey is required to complete a DCC Report for each year. The City’s Annual (2018) Development Cost Charge Report summarizes the following:

  • 2017 Year End DCC Reserve Account Balance
  • 2018 DCC Expenditures
  • 2018 DCC Contributions
  • 2018 Year End DCC Reserve Account Balance


Learn more about Development Cost Charges.

Contact Samantha Ward at or 604-591-4326 with any questions or comments on DCCs in Surrey.