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Development Cost Charges are levied on new development to pay for the costs of expanding and upgrading the community’s transportation, utility and park infrastructure to meet the needs of growth. Most municipalities use DCCs because they are the best way to fairly distribute growth-related costs across developers.
DCCs are paid by applicants for:
Note: developments are exempt from DCCs when the value of work authorized at building permit does not exceed $150,000 as per the DCC Bylaw. The Local Government Act specifies additional provisions for DCC exemptions. See front counter staff for full details.
DCCs are used to meet growth-related infrastructure needs through funding:
DCCs do not fund infrastructure that services existing residents and businesses, nor do they fund operation and maintenance costs for roads, water, sanitary and storm infrastructure, and parks. DCCs cannot be used to fund libraries, fire halls, police stations, community recreation centres and other City buildings. Some types of park improvements, such as artificial sports fields are not eligible.
In Coquitlam the last major DCC review was in 2015. Since then a number of changes have occurred:
Using the following tools:
The following steps outline the basic DCC calculation:
The proposed DCC rates are shown in the following:
New DCC rates will be effective at bylaw adoption; however, legislation provides in-stream protection for building permit, subdivision and precursor (re-zoning and development permit) applications that are complete and received prior to adoption of the new bylaw. See front counter staff for full details.