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
2023 DCL inflationary adjustment
On July 26, 2023, Council approved deferring the 2023 inflationary adjustment PDF file (184 KB) of 8.3% to 2024, to be included as part of the 2024 annual inflationary rate adjustment. Following Council approval of the 2024 annual inflationary adjustment, new rates (including the deferred 8.3% increase) would be effective September 30, 2024.
2022 DCL update
On June 22, 2022, Council approved a DCL rate phase-in over 2 years with the remaining 50% rate increase effective September 30, 2023. More information is in the Council report and DCL Bulletin PDF file (896 KB). Learn more about the DCL update
Metro Vancouver Water DCC
On October 28, 2022, the Metro Vancouver Board approved a new regional Water DCC, with an anticipated effective date of April 28, 2023. Review the new rates and learn about in-stream rate protection in the DCL Bulletin PDF file (896 KB) .
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 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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