Flat utility rates

Rates are set each year by City Council.

Water and sewer annual flat rates

Water rates

Property type 2021 2020 2019
Single family dwelling $793 $785 $716
Single family dwelling with laneway house $1,076 $1,065 $971
Single family dwelling with suite $1,076 $1,065 $971
Single family dwelling with suite and laneway house $1,359 $1,345 $1,226
Strata duplex (per dwelling unit) $537 $532 $485
Vacant lot without water service N/A N/A N/A

Sewer rates

Property type 2021 2020 2019
Single family dwelling $581 $523 $471
Single family dwelling with laneway house $784 $706 $636
Single family dwelling with suite $784 $706 $636
Single family dwelling with suite and laneway house $987 $889 $801
Strata duplex (per dwelling unit) $393 $354 $319
Vacant lot without water service $283 $277 $269

Annual fireline rates

The annual fireline fee is for the unmetered water line that exists for fire protection. It goes towards maintaining our fire system to ensure water is available if there is a fire.

Pipe size (in mm) 2021 2020 2019
50 mm $243 $238 $231
75 mm $364 $357 $347
100 mm $503 $493 $479
150 mm $581 $570 $553
200 mm $680 $667 $648
250 mm $724 $710 $689
300 mm $775 $760 $738

Other fees

Charge 2021 2020 2019
Special reading fee $107 $105 $102
Returned cheque fee $38 $37 $36
Meter testing fee $214 $210 $204

Cross connection fees

The cross connection fee is for the annual monitoring for maintenance of a device (used to stop back flow into City water system on any potentially hazardous water connections between sources of non-potable (undrinkable) substances and the public drinking water supply).

Type of cross connection 2021 2020 2019
First assembly $33 $32 $31
Additional assembly $13 $13 $13

Recycling utility credit

On October 3, 2016, Recycle BC (formerly known as Multi-Material BC - MMBC) took on full responsibility for Vancouver's recycling program and we ended our term as their contracted service provider. Homeowners are receiving a credit of $3.02 (per suite) for the period between October 3 and December 31, 2016, on their 2017 main tax notice.

Vancouver homeowners will no longer be charged a recycling utility fee for curbside recycling collection and will now receive the basic recycling service at no cost through Recycle BC.

Recycle BC is funded by retailers, manufacturers, and restaurants, shifting costs away from homeowners.

Learn more about the Recycle BC program 

Garbage bin collection annual rates

Bin size 2021 2020 2019
75 L $88 $87 $83
120 L $102 $100 $96
180 L $119 $117 $112
240 L $137 $135 $129
360 L $172 $170 $163

Note When flat-rated utility services change after the annual utility or Main property tax bill, we will recalculate the charges prior to the next annual billing. This may result in a new bill being issued.

Minimum annual rates for residential properties

The City provides a minimum size and quantity of garbage bins to residential properties based on the number of dwelling units. The annual rate we charge is based on the minimum size and quantity of bins.

Green bin collection annual rates

Bin size 2021 2020 2019 blended
120 L $148 $147 $143
180 L $174 $173 $167
240 L $200 $199 $192
360 L $252 $250 $242

Note When flat-rated utility services change after the annual utility or Main property tax bill, we will recalculate the charges prior to the next annual billing.  This may result in a new bill being issued.

Green bin rate increase

On April 23, 2019, Council approved a green bin rate increase effective May 1. For a representative single family home (240L cart) this has increased the collection rate from $170 to $201, which has produced a blended rate for 2019 of $192. 

This rate increase supports our Green Bin Program and the processing systems required to meet ongoing regulatory requirements in Metro Vancouver for food waste.

Learn more about the change to green bin rates (81 KB)

Street cleaning

Charge 2021 2020 2019
Per dwelling unit $22 $22 $21

Learn more about flat rate utilities and water quality

Flat rate utilities on Property Tax notice

If you live in a single family home or a strata duplex, you are billed for utilities on your July Property Tax notice. Find an explanation of your Property Tax notice that shows where your utility charges are.

Water quality and pressure

Learn how the City and Metro Vancouver protect drinking water quality, and how we control water pressure.

Paying your utility bill

The City offers you four ways to pay your utility bill:

  • Online
  • By mail
  • City Hall's mail slot
  • In person

Learn more about the ways to pay your utility bill.

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