Flat utility rates

Rates are set each year by City Council.

Water and sewer annual flat rates

Water rates

Property type 2020 2019 2018
Single family dwelling $785 $716 $653
Single family dwelling with laneway house $1,065 $971 $885
Single family dwelling with suite $1,065 $971 $885
Single family dwelling with suite and laneway house $1,345 $1,226 $1,118
Strata duplex (per dwelling unit) $532 $485 $442
Vacant lot without water service N/A N/A $148

Sewer rates

Property type 2020 2019 2018
Single family dwelling $523 $471 $424
Single family dwelling with laneway house $706 $636 $573
Single family dwelling with suite $706 $636 $573
Single family dwelling with suite and laneway house $889 $801 $722
Strata duplex (per dwelling unit) $354 $319 $287
Vacant lot without water service $277 $269 $242

Annual fireline rates

Pipe size (in mm) 2020 2019 2018
50 mm $238 $231 $226
75 mm $357 $347 $340
100 mm $493 $479 $469
150 mm $570 $553 $541
200 mm $667 $648 $634
250 mm $710 $689 $674
300 mm $760 $738 $722

Other fees

Charge 2020 2019 2018
Special reading fee $105 $102 $100
Returned cheque fee $37 $36 $35
Meter testing fee $210 $204 $200

Cross connection fees

Type of cross connection 2020 2019 2018
First assembly $32 $31 $30
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 2020 2019 2018
75 L $87 $83 $84
120 L $100 $96 $96
180 L $117 $112 $114
240 L $135 $129 $131
360 L $170 $163 $165

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 2020 2019 blended 2018
120 L $147 $143 $119
180 L $173 $167 $140
240 L $199 $192 $161
360 L $250 $242 $203

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 2020 2019 2018
Per dwelling unit $22 $21 $19

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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