Utility Fee

Your Annual Utility Bill

At the end of February, all residential property owners receive a Utility Bill. The City of Coquitlam provides water distribution and waste collection services to residents.

The cost of these services is charged separately from property taxes in order to support operating costs and for costs of replacing aging infrastructure such as pipes, pumps, etc. Payment can be made with a credit card on the City’s website; make your Utility Bill Payment online.

Due Dates

The utility bill due date is March 31, 2020, covering the billing period of January 1 to December 31, 2020.

Impact of COVID-19

Coquitlam property owners struggling with the financial impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic now have extra time to pay their 2020 Utility Bill.

Coquitlam Council recognizes the extraordinary circumstances created by the pandemic, and the financial challenges these circumstances may be creating for some residents and businesses. Based on this recognition, the City will not enforce the 5% penalty for late Utility Bill payments received after March 31. The penalty will apply to amounts unpaid at September 30. Property owners have until September 30 to pay their utility bill without penalty.

What You’re Billed For

The City of Coquitlam provides water distribution and waste collection services to residents. The cost for these services is charged separately from property taxes. Fees charged support operating costs as well as the replacement of aging infrastructure such as pipes, pumps, etc.

2020 Utility Charges - Single-Family Dwellings

The 2020 Utility Bill Amount for single-family dwellings is you Water Charge plus your Garbage Collection Charge:

  • The 2020 Water Charge is $568.
  • 2020 Garbage Collection Charges cover the collection and removal of waste every other week, plus collection and removal of green waste (yard trimmings and food scraps) on a weekly basis. The amount charged for your garbage collection depends on the size of garbage cart you selected.
Garbage Cart SizeGarbage Cart Charge2020 Utility Bill Total
Small (120 Litres)$251$819
Medium (240 Litres)$333$901
Large (360 Litres)$471$1,039

2020 Utility Charges - Apartments, Townhouses & Mobile Homes

For each Residential Dwelling Unit in an Apartment building, Street-Oriented Village Home Residential, Townhouse or Mobile Home Park, your 2020 Utility Bill will be equal to your 2020 Water Charge, which is $341.

Breakdown of Fees

  1. Water Fees
  2. Garbage & Green Waste Fees
  3. Sewer & Drainage Fees

The utility charge for water is made up of the following:

  • 52% of the Water Fee is paid to Metro Vancouver to cover the costs of running the regional supply system, including water treatment plants that deliver the clean and safe water to Coquitlam.
  • 48% of the Water Fee covers City costs for the operation and management of the City’s water distribution system that provides water for fire protection as well as household, business and recreational use.

In Coquitlam, multi-family homes pay a lower water rate than single family homes. This recognizes that, generally, multi-family homes consume relatively less water, so residents of those homes should pay a lesser share of those costs.

Annual Flat Rate Charge

  • Multi-Family: $341
  • Single-Family: $568