Development Cost Charges
Learn about Surrey's development cost charges (DCCs) and current DCC rates.
The City of Surrey levies Development Cost Charges (DCCs) on new developments to help 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.
These Development Cost Charges (DCCs) are generally updated annually to reflect current costs and growth trends.
For 2021, the City is proposing to increase the City-wide and Area-specific Development Cost Charges to reflect recent construction costs and updates to engineering and parks growth programs. The 2021 DCCs will also introduce funding for the City’s Biodiversity Conservation Strategy via an increase to the City-wide Parkland Acquisition DCC rate.
How It Works
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.
The City of Surrey has had Development Cost Charges since 1978. The collection and usage of DCCs are legislated under the Provincial Local Government Act and the accompanying DCC Best Practices Guide, which outlines project eligibility requirements. DCCs cannot be used to fund any projects that do not meet the eligibility requirements.
Projects DCCs Help 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. 20019 came into effect on May 15, 2020. In-stream applications submitted prior to May 15, 2020 will have one year to complete in order to qualify for the previous (2018) DCC rates.
For 2021, the City is proposing to increase the City-wide and Area-specific Development Cost Charges to reflect recent construction costs and updates to engineering and parks growth programs.
View our Public Engagement Boards to learn more.
Development Cost Charge Reports
Local governments are authorized to collect DCCs under the Local Government Act, and as outlined in Part 14, Division 19, Section 569. The City of Surrey is required to complete a DCC Report for each year. The City’s Annual (2019) Development Cost Charge Report summarizes the following:
- 2018 Year End DCC Reserve Account Balance
- 2019 DCC Expenditures
- 2019 DCC Contributions
- 2019 Year End DCC Reserve Account Balance
Learn more about Development Cost Charges.
Contact Samantha Ward at email@example.com or 604-591-4326 with any questions or comments on DCCs in Surrey.