Learn more about your annual utility rates and how they are calculated.

Annual Water & Sewer Rates

 

Annual Flat Rates for Single-Family Dwelling

Account Type 2021  2020  2019  2018  2017 2016 2015
Water $981 $951 $909 $869 $839  $810 $779
Sewer $874 $831 $796 $693 $634  $600 $580
Total $1855 $1782 $1705 $1562 $1473 $1410 $1359

 

Annual Flat Rates for Secondary Suite

Secondary suite annual utility rates are charged in addition to the single family dwelling rate for water and sewer.

Account Type 2021 2020  2019  2018  2017 2016 2015
Water $380 $370 $356 $342 $332 $322 $287
Sewer $580 $580 $580 $580 $580 $580 $580
 Total $960 $950 $936 $922 $912 $902 $867

 

Annual Flat Rates for Multi-Family Residential (Strata)

Account Type 2021 2020  2019  2018  2017 2016 2015
Water $380 $370 $356 $342 $332  $322 $287
Sewer $301 $286 $274 $238 $218  $206 $181
 Total $681 $656 $630 $580 $550   $528 $468

 

Metered Water & Sewer Rates

Metered utility bills for water and sewer services are mailed every 4 months. This bill includes a fixed charge based on the size of the water meter known as a base charge and a variable component representing actual consumption. Unpaid balances after the due date are subject to a 5% penalty.

 

Metered Utility Rates for Residential & Commercial Properties

Account Type 2021 2020 2019  2018  2017 2016 2015
Water $1.1433 $1.1065 $1.0533 $1.0040 $0.9660  $0.93  $0.8950
Sewer * $1.3659 $1.2989 $1.2439 $1.0826 $0.9899  $0.9371  $0.90625

* Sewer volume is based on 80% of the total amount of water supplied by the City to the Property.

 

Water Meter Base Charge

Rate per year

Size in mm

Size in inches

2021 2020 2019 2018  2017  2016 

  2015

16 to 19 mm

3/4"

$66 $66 $66 $66 $66 $66

$63

25 mm

1"

$81 $81 $81 $81 $81 $81

$78

38 mm

1.5"

$102 $102 $102 $102 $102  $102

$99

50 mm

2"

$135 $135 $135 $135 $135  $135

$129

75 mm

3"

$267 $267 $267 $267 $267  $267

$258

100 mm

 4"

$309 $309 $309 $309 $309 $309

$300

150 mm

6"

$585 $585 $585 $585 $585  $585

$570

200 mm

8"

$684 $684 $684 $684 $684  $684

$669

250 mm

10" $684 $684 $684 $684 $684 $684  

*Billing periods are every four months (tri-annually).  The water meter base rate is divided equally between the three bills.


How We Calculate Metered Utility Charges

Water

To calculate your water charge we take your water consumption in cubic metres and multiply it by the water rate.

consumption x water rate = water charge

Sewer

Your sewer charge is based on 80% of your water consumption in cubic metres. To calculate your charge we take 80% of water consumption, and multiply it by the sewer rate. Many years ago, it was determined that the average sewage flow in Metro Vancouver municipalities is around 80% of the water consumption. However, recent monitoring has shown that the figure for Surrey is closer to 90%. City of Surrey is currently maintaining the calculation at 80%.

water consumption x 80% x sewer rate = sewer charge

Meter Base

Your base charge pays for meter readings, administration, routine maintenance and replacement of the meter at the end of its life cycle. This fee varies, depending on the size of the meter.

annual meter base charge / 3 = meter base charge


Annual Waste Collection Rates

Waste collection service charges are from January 1 to December 31 for the calendar year. The amount is based on a flat rate, collected with property taxes, due July 2 each year.

Type of Dwelling Type of Collection 2021 2020 2019 2018 2017  2016   2015
 Single Family Dwelling Garbage/Recycling/Organics $307 $298 $290 $287 $287 $283  $283
 Secondary Suite Garbage/Recycling/Organics $153 $149 $145 $144 $144 $142  $142
 Apartment/Townhouse Garbage/Recycling/Organics (using City services) $307 $298 $290 $287 $287 $283  $283
 Apartment/Townhouse Recycling/Organics $42 $41 $40 $35 $35  $35  $35
 Apartment/Townhouse Recycling $32 $31 $30 $25 $25  $25  $25


Drainage Parcel Tax

Drainage parcel tax charges are from January 1 to December 31 for the calendar year.  The amount is based on a flat rate, depending on the property type, collected with property taxes, due July 2 each year.

Class 2021 2020 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015
Class 1, 8, or 9 Drainage $229 $227 $225 $223 $221 $216 $213
Class 2, 4, 5, or 6 Drainage $559 $509 $459 $409 $359 $309 $259

Secondary Suite Charges

Secondary suites are defined as a second dwelling unit, located within the structure of an owner-occupied single-family dwelling.

If there is no secondary suite at your property, call the Secondary Suite Clerk at 604-591-4516 to arrange for an inspection of your home to confirm the secondary suite has been removed. Failure to do so will indicate to us that you have a secondary suite and your property will be assessed the additional utility levy for the current tax year.

All properties paying for secondary suite garbage charge will be permitted to upsize to a 360L garbage cart. Garbage charges will be included on the annual property tax notice.

If you exceed your garbage cart limit, purchase garbage stickers for $5.50 from various City locations.

Learn more secondary suite program information, including fees, regulations and contacts.