The City of Port Moody's Development Cost Charges (DCCs) help with the cost of urban development and support the demand for infrastructure growth, including:

  • Sewer
  • Water
  • Drainage
  • Roads
  • Parks acquisition and improvement

If you're developing or building in Port Moody, you must pay these levies at the time of subdivision approval or when your building permit is issued. DCCs apply to certain areas of the city as one-time charges against residential, commercial, industrial and institutional developments. In other areas of the city, Development Cost Levies (DCLs) (215A and 286 Areas) apply, as shown on the DCC Area Boundary Map.

View DCC Area Boundary Map

We charge DCCs by floor area, or per dwelling unit, which are collected for water, drainage, parks acquisition, parks improvements and roads. View our DCC project list. Visit Metro Vancouver for their Greater Vancouver Sewer (GVS) & Drainage District (DD) development cost charges and TransLink for their Regional Transportation development cost charges. 

As of January 14, 2020, The City of Port Moody will be collecting DCCs as per the newly approved DCC Bylaw and rates. 

 In-stream applications

Development Cost Charges will be collected as per the previous bylaw and rates provided the applications meet the criteria below: 

 Subdivisions

For Single Family and Laneway Housing developments where DCCs are payable at subdivision, the Development Cost Charge rates in previous Bylaw 1801 will apply if a complete subdivision application was received before January 14, 2020.

A complete application is:

  • application form has been completed (submitted prior to January 14, 2020)
  • application fees have been paid in full (submitted prior to January 14, 2020)
  • all supporting documentation necessary to make the application complete has been submitted to the City (submitted prior to January 14, 2020).

In addition, the Development Cost Charge rates in previous Bylaw 1801 will apply if all of the following conditions are met on or before January 14, 2021:

  • the required zoning bylaw has been adopted
  • all conditions prior to the approval of the subdivision established by the Approving Officer have been completed (including without limitation, any required servicing agreements have been fully executed and any required statutory rights of way, Section 219 covenants, access easements, road dedications and lot consolidations are fully registered in the Land Title Office)
 Building permits

For Multifamily, Institutional, Commercial and Industrial developments where DCC is payable at the issuance of building permit, the Development Cost Charge rates in previous Bylaw 1801 will apply if a complete precursor application (one of building permit application, development permit application, rezoning application or subdivision application) leading to the building permit issuance was received before January 14, 2020 (before the adoption of DCC Bylaw 3054). A complete application is:

  • precursor application form has been completed
  • precursor application fees have been paid in full
  • all supporting documentation necessary to make the precursor application complete has been submitted to the City.

In addition to the above requirements, all of the following conditions which apply to the precursor application must also be met on or before January 14, 2021:

  • the required zoning bylaw has been adopted
  • required development permit(s) have been issued
  • all required letters of assurance have been submitted
  • all required signed and sealed drawings have been submitted
  • all equivalency or alternate solution reports have been signed, sealed and delivered and accepted by the Senior Manager of Building Approvals
  • any required geotechnical reports, Section 219 covenants, letters of credit and proof of delivery of notice to potentially affected adjacent landowners have been completed and submitted
  • any required legal agreements are completed and executed and, if applicable, fully registered in the Land Title Office
  • all fees, Development Cost Charges and levies have been paid or secured,
  • all to the satisfaction of the Senior Manager of Building Approvals, such that the building permit can be processed and issued without further submission from the applicant.

The previous DCC rates are as following:
Highway Facilities
TypeCostDescription

Residential

$1,796

For each self-contained dwelling unit

Commercial

$1,796

For each 214 m2 (2,304 ft2) and portion thereof of gross floor area*

Industrial

$1,796

For each 450 m2 (4,843 ft2) and portion thereof of area of the parcel proposed to be subdivided or built upon*

Water
TypeCostDescription

Residential

$544

For each self-contained dwelling unit

Commercial

$544

For each 214 m2 (2,304 ft2) and portion thereof of gross floor area*

Industrial

$544

For each 450 m2 (4,843 ft2) and portion thereof of area of the parcel proposed to be subdivided or built upon*

Public Open Space
TypeCostDescription

Residential

$1,119

For each self-contained dwelling unit

Drainage
TypeCostDescription

Residential

$201

For each self-contained dwelling unit

Commercial

$201

For each 214 m2 (2,304 ft2) and portion thereof of gross floor area*

Coquitlam School District School Site Acquisition Charge
TypeCostDescription

Low Density Residential (less than 21 units/gross ha.)

$654

For each self-contained dwelling unit

Medium Low Density Residential (21-50 units/gross ha.)

$588

For each self-contained dwelling unit

Medium Density Residential (51-125 units/gross ha.)

$523

For each self-contained dwelling unit

Medium High Density Residential (126-200 units/gross ha.)

$457

For each self-contained dwelling unit

High Density Residential (greater than 200 units/gross ha.)

$392

For each self-contained dwelling unit

We calculate density based on the gross area of the legal parcel size included in the development application. The charge applies in cases where one or more new residential parcel(s) are created through subdivision or where more than three new dwelling units are created on an existing parcel. Certain types of dwelling units are exempt from the School Site Acquisition Charge under section 560 (3) of the Local Government Act and BC School Site Acquisition Charge Regulations 17/00.

 New applications as of January 14, 2020

Development Cost Charges will be collected as per the new bylaw and rates.

 Land Use  Per  Water Sanitary Sewer  Drainage  Roads  Parks  Total
 Laneway Houses Dwelling unit $0 $14.17 $568 $904 $8,804  $10,290 
 Single-Family and Duplex Lot  $0  $54.44  $2,924  $3,478  $26,998  $33,453 
 Multi-Residential Townhouses m2  $0  $0.20  $5.79  $6.95  $130.86  $143.80 
 Multi-Residential up to six storeys m2  $0  $0.15  $3.32  $9.05  $105.29  $117.81 
 Multi-Residential TOD > six storeys m2  $0  $0.17  $4.91  $7.30  $120.03  $132.41 
 Commercial General/Institutional m2   $0  $0.16  $6.74  $40.47  $47.37 
Commercial TOD  m2   $0  $0.22  $7.65  $26.24  $34.12 
 Industrial m2   $0  $0.25  $29.93  $10.67  $40.85 

 

 DCC reductions

Multi-family residential developments can be eligible for a DCC reduction under the following categories:

  • 50% reduction per unit for not-for-profit development
  • 25% reduction per unit for for-profit-affordable development

View our Development Cost Charges Reduction Bylaw for details.

 Frequently Asked Questions
 What are Development Cost Charges?

Development Cost Charges (DCCs) are a method of fairly and equitably distributing growth-related infrastructure costs to developers. These growth-related infrastructure costs can include: upgrading our community’s transportation systems; utilities such as water, sanitary, and storm networks; and parkland acquisition and improvement to meet the needs of population growth. DCCs offset only a portion of the growth-related infrastructure costs; the City contributes its share towards each project.

 Why was the DCC Bylaw updated?

Port Moody adopted our most recent Official Community Plan (OCP) in October 2014 which considered further potential development outside of the 286 and 215A areas. This potential development would require infrastructure improvements to the extent that changes to the DCC Bylaw would be necessary.

Council adopted further amendments to the OCP in 2017 and 2018 that provided additional insight regarding potential future DCC-applicable projects related to roads, drainage, sewers, water, and parkland. With these OCP amendments, the timing for the current review of our DCC Bylaw is appropriate and consistent with provincial guidelines.

 What is the process to update the DCC Bylaw?

Updates to DCC bylaws are conducted based on the Government of B.C.’s Development Cost Charge Best Practices Guide and require provincial approval. In addition, any municipal bylaw amendment must follow a statutory process. Complying with both of these requirements involves a lengthy and comprehensive process.

After considering feedback from developers, planners, builders, and the general public, Council gives the draft bylaw three readings. The bylaw and supporting documents are then forwarded to the provincial government for approval before Council adopts the final bylaw.