DCL city-wide update
Development Cost Levies

Development Cost Levies

Proposed new Citywide Utilities DCL

Download the Community Benefits Booklet to learn more about Development Cost Levies

A new Citywide Utilities DCL is being proposed to address the need for upgraded water, sewer, and drainage infrastructure as the city continues to grow.

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Most new development in the City of Vancouver pays Development Cost Levies (DCLs). A DCL is paid by property developers based on square footage. DCLs are an important source of revenue for City facilities such as:

  • Parks
  • Childcare facilities 
  • Social and non-profit housing
  • Engineering infrastructure

DCL districts

The City of Vancouver has four DCL areas. These areas are divided into two district types:

  • The Vancouver DCL district. This district is city-wide with some exceptions
  • Layered DCL districts. Developments in these districts are subject to both the Vancouver DCL and the layered DCL

DCLs collected within each district must be spent within the area boundary, except housing related DCLs which can be spent anywhere in the city.

Map of the DCL districts

Map of development cost levy districts

View a larger map of the DCL districts  (362 KB)

Public Benefit Strategies

Each of the City's DCL districts have a corresponding Public Benefit Strategy. Public Benefit Strategies identify:

  • The demand and costs for new facilities
  • The amount of contributions new development will bring in
  • How DCL funds will be spent

DCL bylaws

DCL bylaws establish district boundaries and rates. Find information related to districts in the DCL bylaws.

DCL rates

Find information on DCL rates, payments, exemptions and waivers in the DCL bulletin.

Annual reports and related documents

Get background information on DCLs. Select 'show more' to get details and documents. 
If you would like historical reports, please email Finance.Growth@vancouver.ca

The annual reports detail annual inflationary adjustments to all DCL bylaw rates. The adjustments are based on property and construction inflation with the purpose to maintain the City’s ability to provide necessary growth-related amenities.

In 2017, Council approved amendments to the DCL bylaw to update the rates and allocations of DCLs.

The new rates and allocations are based on updated growth projections and the public amenities and infrastructure required to support such growth.

Prior to this update, the last comprehensive review of the city-wide DCL rate was undertaken in 2003.

In 2015, Council approved changes to the DCL system that bring a number of Area Specific DCLs within the City-wide DCL. The change removes inconsistencies in DCLs payable, creates a level playing field of DCL rates, and; improves the delivery of public amenities.

If you would like historical reports, please email Finance.Growth@vancouver.ca

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Understand and compare

DCLs vs CACs

View a comparison chart of Development Cost Levies and Community Amenity Contributions.

Community Benefits from Development

Learn about the community benefits that come with new development in our neighbourhoods.

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