Development Cost Levies

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

News and updates

2022 DCL update

On June 22, 2022, Council approved a DCL Update that included a phased increase to DCL rates as well as amendments to the for-profit affordable rental housing waiver that came into effect September 30, 2022. The DCL rate phase-in involved a 50% rate increase effective September 30, 2022 and the remaining 50% rate increase to become effective September 30, 2023. More information on the DCL Update can be found in the Council report below and in the DCL Bulletin.

Learn more about the DCL update.

DCL districts

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.R View map of DCL districts

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.

For more information on the TransLink Development Cost Charge that came into effect on January 15, 2020, visit the TransLink website and our FAQ document (186 KB).

Annual reports and related documents

Get background information on DCLs. Select 'show more' to get details and documents. 

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Understand and compare

DCLs vs CACs vs Density Bonusing

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

Community Benefits from Development

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

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