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Development Cost Charges

Development cost charges (DCCs) are applied to new developments in Metro Vancouver to help fund the construction or expansion of regional transportation projects by TransLink.

This new “Regional Transportation DCC” was introduced in 2018 to assist in paying for eligible projects of the Phase One and Phase Two Investment Plan.

The DCCs are imposed by bylaw.

The Regional Transportation DCCs vary by the type of development and are applied to all new developments in TransLink's Transportation Service Region. The introduction of the DCCs have been staggered in the first three years.

Type of Development

Rates* Effective

 

January 15, 2019**

January 15, 2020

January 1, 2021

Single Family Dwelling

$0/unit

$2,100/unit

$2,975/unit

Duplex

$0/unit

$1,900/unit

$2,470/unit

Townhouse Dwelling Unit

$0/unit

$1,900/unit

$2,470/unit

Apartment Dwelling Unit

$0/unit

$1,200/unit

$1,545/unit

Retail/Service

$0/ft2

$1.25/ft2

$1.25/ft2

Office

$0/ft2

$1.00/ft2

$1.00/ft2

Institutional

$0/ft2

$0.50/ft2

$0.50/ft2

Industrial

$0/ft2

$0.30/ft2

$0.30/ft2

* Rates are presented per Dwelling Unit or per sq.ft. of Floor Area, as defined in the Regional Transportation DCC Bylaw.

** Consistent with the approved DCC framework and stakeholder consultations, rates for 2019 have been set to $0, reflecting a 100% assist factor, to ensure no DCCs are charged or collected prior to 2020.

The Regional Transportation DCC will be charged and collected on TransLink’s behalf by municipalities (or other designated collection entities for Electoral Area A) as part of their development application approval process. In most municipalities, the Regional Transportation DCC will be charged and collected at the same time that the municipality will charge and collect its own similar charges, within either the subdivision approval or building permit stage.

The Regional Transportation DCC Bylaw has been adopted and is in effect as of January 15, 2019.

This means:

Any subdivision application properly submitted to a municipality, or other applicable collection entity for Electoral Area A, before January 15, 2019, is not subject to the Regional Transportation DCC if the related subdivision is approved before January 15, 2020. If the related subdivision is approved after January 15, 2020, then the DCC rate in effect on the approval date would apply.

Any pre-cursor application relating to a building permit that is “in-stream” with a municipality, or other applicable collection entity for Electoral Area A, on January 15, 2019, is not subject to the Regional Transportation DCC if the related building permit is issued before January 15, 2020. If the related building permit is issued after January 15, 2020, then the DCC rate in effect on the issue date would apply.

For all other subdivision or pre-cursor applications submitted on or after January 15, 2019, the DCC rate imposed on the development will be the rate in effect, according to the rate schedule, at the time the subdivision approval is being received or the building permit is being issued, as applicable. There is no further in-stream protection or transition provisions that are applied to the DCC rate changes on January 15, 2020 and January 1, 2021. Please see examples below for further clarification:

  • If you submitted your subdivision application, properly completed as required by the municipality, for a single-family development on February 25, 2019, and obtained subdivision approval on December 15, 2019, your development would be subject to a $0/unit DCC, as per the DCC rate schedule.

  • If you submitted your building permit application, properly completed as required by the municipality, for an office building development on September 20, 2019, and the building permit was ready to be issued on March 5th, 2020, your development would be subject to a $1.00/ft2 DCC, as per the DCC rate schedule.

  • If you submitted your building permit application, properly completed as required by the municipality, for a townhouse development on November 10, 2019, and the building permit was ready to be issued on April 15, 2021, your development would be subject to a $2,470/unit DCC, as per the DCC rate schedule.

Exemptions from the regional transportation DCC are set out in section 3.(4) of the Regional Transportation DCC Bylaw and are summarized below:

  1. a development authorized by a building permit for the construction, alteration or extension of a building or part of a building that is, or will be, after such work, exempt from taxation under any of the following:
    1. section 220(1)(h) of the Community Charter;
    2. section 224(2)(f) of the Community Charter;
    3. section 15(1)(d) of the Taxation (Rural Area) Act, RSBC 1996, c.448;
    4. section 396(1)(c)(iv) of the Vancouver Charter; or
    5. a law of a treaty first nation that provides for an exemption similar to an exemption under paragraphs (i) to (iv) above

  2. a development that has already paid the regional transportation DCC where any further development is not imposing an additional capital cost burden to TransLink – essentially where the development is not resulting in net-new units/space

  3. the construction, alteration or extension of self-contained units in a building authorized by building permit if each unit is no larger than 29 m2 or 312.153 ft2 and each unit is only for residential use

  4. a development authorized by building permit where the value of work authorized does not exceed $50,000.

Not-for-Profit Affordable Rental Housing eligible for a waiver of the Regional Transportation DCC is a Residential Use Development, Combination Development or Supportive Living Housing Development comprising housing that is:

  1. owned, leased or otherwise held by a Not-for-Profit Society, BC Housing, CMHC, a Non-Profit Municipal Housing Corporation or a Registered Charity at the time of any application for, or issuance of, a waiver of Development Cost Charges;

  2. operated as rental housing for, and made available to, people who meet Eligibility Criteria, in exchange for Rent; and

  3. governed by the terms of an agreement and/or covenant with the Province of British Columbia, BC Housing, CMHC or a municipality regarding the operation of the housing and stipulating how the Dwelling Units will be occupied and managed;

but not including:

  1. a community care facility under the Community Care and Assisted Living Act, SBC 2002, c. 75;

  2. a continuing care facility under the Continuing Care Act, RSBC 1996, c. 70;

  3. public or private hospital under the Hospital Act, RSBC 1996, c. 200;

  4. a Provincial mental health facility, an observation unit or a psychiatric unit designated under the Mental Health Act, RSBC 1996, c. 288; or

  5. a housing-based health facility that provides hospitality support services and personal health care;

Not-for-Profit Student Rental Housing eligible for a 50% reduction of the Regional Transportation DCC is a Residential Use Development or Combination Development that is:

  1. owned and operated by a Post-Secondary Institution or by a Government Business Enterprise on behalf of such Post-Secondary Institution at the time of any application for, or issuance of, a reduction of Development Cost Charges;

  2. purpose built to provide rental housing for students attending that Post-Secondary Institution;

  3. operated on a cost recovery basis; and

  4. governed by the terms of an agreement:

    1. made with Greater Vancouver Sewerage and Drainage District pursuant to the Greater Vancouver Sewerage and Drainage District Development Cost Charge Waiver or Reduction for Not-for-Profit Rental Housing Bylaw No. 314, 2018 and confirming that the use of the Development is restricted for a period of 60 years for the purpose of providing rental housing for students attending that Post-Secondary Institution, that the housing will be operated by the Post-Secondary Institution or its designated agent, and will be operated on a cost recovery basis – a copy of which agreement is submitted as part of any application pursuant to this Bylaw; or

    2. made with the Authority and confirming that the use of the Development is restricted for a period of 60 years for the purpose of providing rental housing for students attending that Post-Secondary Institution, that the housing will be operated by the Post-Secondary Institution or a Government Business Enterprise of that Post- Secondary Institution, and will be operated on a cost recovery basis;

Information on the application process for a waiver or reduction of the Regional Transportation DCC will be published on this page in spring 2019.

Regional Transportation DCC Bylaws

South Coast British Columbia Transportation Authority Bylaw Number 124-2018: A Bylaw to Impose Development Cost Charges.

South Coast British Columbia Transportation Authority Bylaw Number 125-2018: A Bylaw to Establish a Waiver or Reduction of Development Cost Charges for Not-for-Profit Rental Housing .

 

Definitions of DCC Development Types and Mixed-Use Developments

Please use this Quick Reference Guide to assist you in understanding the definitions of each development type that is subject to the Regional Transportation DCC.

 

Technical Report Supporting the Structure and Rates of the Regional Transportation DCC

Information on the objectives and use of the Regional Transportation DCC as well as how the rates were structured and set can be found in the Regional Transportation DCC Technical Report.

    Contact

    For more information, please contact Jagdip Mann, Senior Advisor, Revenue Contracts and Fare Infraction at 778-375-6937 or jagdip.mann@translink.ca.