Development Cost Charges

Development Cost Charges (DCC) are fees local governments may chose to collect from land developers to help offset some of the costs of infrastructure services for a new development.

DCCs are a one-time charge paid by developers at the time of subdivision or acquiring a building permit which impact the development costs for housing across all communities in British Columbia. Imposed by bylaw pursuant to the Local Government Act, the charges are intended to help finance capital projects related to roads, drainage, sewers, water and parkland.

The Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development provides:

Regional Comparison of Fees and Charges

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation has completed several reviews of government imposed charges on new housing, which include a selection of urban areas in British Columbia.   Some can be found at the following links:

Levies, Fees, Charges, Taxes and Transaction Costs on New Housing
Part of the 2001 Research Highlight — Socio-economic Series.

Levies, Fees, Charges and Taxes on New Housing: 2002
This extensive and detailed research examines the levies, fees, charges and taxes on the development and construction of common types of new housing in 30 municipalities across Canada.

Government-imposed Charges on New Housing in Canada
Part of the 2009 Research Highlight — Socio-Economic Series.

Government-imposed Charges on New Housing in Canada (2009)
Part of the 2010 Research Highlights — Socio-economic Series.