Development Cost Charges (DCCs) are a provincially regulated method to ensure new developments contribute to the needed increase in capacity for infrastructure such as roads, water, sanitary and stormwater systems, park land and improvements. A similar tool called School Site Acquisition Charges covers the future needs for schools. In Port Moody the City collects these charges on behalf of four government bodies:

  • City of Port Moody
  • Translink
  • Metro Vancouver
  • School District 43

The City's development cost charges established in the Development Cost Charges Bylaw (PDF) apply to every development in Port Moody that is not within the excluded area. See Schedule B in the bylaw for a map of the excluded area.

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 are one-time charges, by floor area or per dwelling unit, against residential, commercial, industrial and institutional developments. 

For development applications City staff will confirm the DCC and School Site Acquisition Charges (SSAC) at time of subdivision or building permit. For general information ahead of time, you can visit Metro Vancouver for their Greater Vancouver Sewer (GVS) & Drainage District (DD) development cost charges, and TransLink for their Regional Transportation development cost charges. See School District 43's Capital Bylaw for their current fee schedule.

Development Cost Charges     

As per the DCC Bylaw and rates approved January 14, 2020.

 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 

In-stream applications

In the event that the Development Cost Charges Bylaw is updated, in-stream applications are protected from increases for a period of one year subject to the criteria noted below. During that year, if the project is approved, DCC’s will be collected as per the previous bylaw and rates.   

 In-stream application criteria
 
 Subdivisions

For Single Family and Laneway Housing developments where DCCs are payable at subdivision, the Development Cost Charge rates in the previous bylaw may apply if a complete subdivision application was received before the date the new bylaw is adopted.

A complete application is:

  • application form has been completed (submitted prior to date of new bylaw adoption)
  • application fees have been paid in full (submitted prior to date of new bylaw adoption)
  • all supporting documentation necessary to make the application complete has been submitted to the City (submitted prior to date of new bylaw adoption).

In addition, the Development Cost Charge rates in the previous bylaw may apply if all of the following conditions are within a year of the date the new bylaw is adopted:

  • 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 the previous bylaw may 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 the adoption of the new bylaw. 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 within a year of the date the new bylaw is adopted:

  • 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.

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

To apply for eligible reductions, please indicate your interest in the applicable reduction on your development application form. No special application is required.

View our Development Cost Charges Reduction Bylaw for details and eligibility requirements.

School site acquisition charges (SSAC)

On behalf of Coquitlam School District No. 43, the City collects school site acquisition charges. These funds are used to purchase new school sites, or land to add to existing school facilities. All new residential developments pays SSAC. 

The School District's Capital Bylaw includes the current fee schedule.