Development Cost Levies

In November 2023, the Province announced a number of proposed legislations aimed at accelerating home construction. The legislation received Royal Assent on November 30, 2023. Review the enacted legislation to understand its implications

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

2023 DCL inflationary adjustment

On July 26, 2023, Council approved deferring the 2023 inflationary adjustment (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 (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 (896 KB) .

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. 

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

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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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