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:
- Childcare facilities
- Social and non-profit housing
- Engineering infrastructure
News and updates
2022 DCL update
We are currently updating our DCL program and plan to bring forward new DCL by-laws for Council consideration on June 22, 2022. A presentation on draft policy recommendations including draft DCL rates can be found in the May 2022 presentations below.
Removal of Utilities DCL waiver
The Utilities DCL waiver for secured market rental housing was removed September 30, 2020, and in-stream rate protection expired on September 29, 2021. All secured market rental housing projects are now subject to the Utilities DCL. Visit the Rental Incentive Programs Bulletin PDF file (373 KB) for more details.
The City of Vancouver has four DCL areas. These areas are divided into two district types:
- The Vancouver DCL and the Utilities DCL districts. These districts are city-wide with some exceptions
- Layered DCL districts. Developments in these districts are subject to the Vancouver DCL, Utilities 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
DCL bylaws establish district boundaries and rates. Find information related to districts in the DCL bylaws.
- Vancouver (City-wide) Development Cost Levy Bylaw PDF file (77 KB)
- Vancouver Utilities Development Cost Bylaw PDF file (230 KB)
- Area-specific Development Cost Levy Bylaw PDF file (2.6 MB)
Find information on DCL rates, payments, exemptions and waivers in the DCL bulletin.
For more information on the TransLink Development Cost Charge that came into effect on January 15, 2020, visit the TransLink website External website, opens in new tab and our FAQ document PDF file (186 KB).
Get background information on DCLs. Select 'show more' to get details and documents.
If you would like historical reports, email Finance.Growth@vancouver.ca
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