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Flat utility rates

Rates are set each year by City Council.

Water and sewer annual flat rates

Water rates

Property type 2019 2018 2017
Single family dwelling $716 $653 $616
Single family dwelling with laneway house $971 $885 $835
Single family dwelling with suite $971 $885 $835
Single family dwelling with suite and laneway house $1,226 $1,118 $1,055
Strata duplex (per dwelling unit) $185 $442 $417
Vacant lot without water service N/A $148 N/A

Sewer rates

Property type 2019 2018 2017
Single family dwelling $471 $424 $384
Single family dwelling with laneway house $636 $573 $519
Single family dwelling with suite $636 $573 $519
Single family dwelling with suite and laneway house $801 $722 $654
Strata duplex (per dwelling unit) $319 $287 $260
Vacant lot without water service $269 $242 $219

Annual fireline rates

Pipe size (in mm) 2019 2018 2017
50 mm $231 $226 $222
75 mm $347 $340 $333
100 mm $479 $469 $460
150 mm $553 $541 $530
200 mm $648 $634 $622
250 mm $689 $674 $661
300 mm $738 $722 $708

Other fees

Charge 2019 2018 2017
Special reading fee $102 $100 $100
Returned cheque fee $36 $35 $35
Meter testing fee $204 $200 $200

Cross connection fees

Type of cross connection 2019 2018 2017
First assembly $31 $30 $29
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 2019 2018 2017
75 L $83 $84 $75
120 L $96 $96 $86
180 L $112 $114 $102
240 L $129 $131 $117
360 L $163 $165 $148

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 2019 blended 2018 2017
120 L $143 $119 $111
180 L $167 $140 $130
240 L $192 $161 $150
360 L $242 $203 $189

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 2019 2018 2017
Per dwelling unit $21 $19 $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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