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Development Cost Charges (DCCs)

The City of Surrey has had Development Cost Charges since 1979. These Development Cost Charges (DCCs) are updated every few years to reflect current costs and growth trends.

DCCs are used to fund the costs to provide road, drainage, water and sewer services for the projected growth in population that's expected to occur within the next 10 years, as outlined in the 10-Year Servicing Plan.

Development Cost Charge Bylaw

The City's current DCC By-law No. 18664 came into effect upon adoption on May 16, 2016. The DCC rates for zones and land uses are provided in Schedule 'A' of the bylaw. Area specific DCC rates for the Anniedale-Tynehead Neighbourhood Concept Plan and West Clayton Neighbourhood Concept Plan are provided in Schedule 'A-1' and Schedule 'A-2' of the bylaw, respectively. 

On February 22, 2016, as part of Corporate Report R036; 2016, Council endorsed the DCC By-law No. 18664 and the Engineering Department's 10-Year (2016-2025) Servicing Plan.

As part of this report, Council also supported a plan to phase in increases to the value of the 10-Year Servicing Plan and corresponding DCC rates in both 2017 and 2018.

There was a public meeting held on Jan. 24, 2017 from 5:30 to 7 pm at City Hall to provide an overview of the proposed increases to the 10-Year Servicing Plan and corresponding DCC rates for 2017, which are as follows:

City Wide

Zone Existing DCC Rate Proposed DCC Rate Rate Change $ Rate Change %
SF (RF, RF-12, RFC) (per lot) $32,000 $36,301 $4,001 12.4%
SF Small Lot (RF-9, RF-SD) (per lot) $28,096 $31,712 $3,616 12.9%
RM-10, RM-15 and RM-30 (per sq. ft.) $17.06 $19.14 $2.08 12.2%
RM-45 and RM-70 (per sq. ft.) $19.02 $21.38 $2.36 12.4%
RM-45 and RM-70 in City Centre (per sq. ft.)   $14.20 $18.52 30.6%
RM-135 and RMC-150 (per sq. ft.) $18.74 $20.96 $2.22 11.8%
RM-135 and RMC-150 in City Centre (per sq. ft.) $12.38 $15.88 $3.50 28.3%
Commercial (ground floor) (per sq. ft.) $9.92 $10.92 $1.00 10.1%
Industrial (per acre) $79,079 $85,841 $6,762 8.6%

Campbell Heights

Zone Existing DCC Rate Proposed DCC Rate Rate Change %
All Zones (per acre) $143,373 $143,781 0.3%

Highway 99 Corridor

Zone Existing DCC Rate Proposed DCC Rate Rate Change %
All Commercial Zones (per acre) $227,011 $226,146 -0.4%
All Industrial Zones (per acre) $106,736 $105,561 -0.8%

The proposed rate increases are scheduled to be presented to Council for their consideration on February 6, 2017. It is proposed that these rates come into effect on May 16, 2017.

DCC Rate Grandparenting

Grandparenting may exempt an application from DCC  Bylaw 18664, if the application is considered in-stream based on:

Single Family Subdivisions

  • A complete application must be submitted on or before  May 16, 2016; and
  • The subdivision is ready for approval by the Approving Officer (i.e. servicing agreement completed and signed, zoning in place and all fees paid) on or before May 15, 2017.

Building Permits for Projects where DCCs are Applicable

  • A complete building permit application musts be submitted on or before May 16, 2016; and
  • The building permit is issued (i.e. all fees paid, all required supporting documentation has been submitted and accepted by the City) on or before May 15, 2017.

Although not specified within our Bylaw, but as per the Local Government Act, grandparenting also applies to in-stream rezoning and development permit applications. With these applications, the associated building permit the building permit authorizing that construction, alteration or extension is issued on or before May 15, 2017.

Development Cost Charge Report

As part of the DCC process, and as required by Section 937.01 of the Local Government Act, the City of Surrey is required to complete a DCC Report for each year. The City’s 2013 Development Cost Charge Report is now complete, and summarizes the following:

  1. City of Surrey’s DCC Program
  2. 2013 DCC Financial Transactions
  3. 2013 DCC Program
  4. DCC Waivers and Reductions
  5. Municipal Assist Factor Contributions
  6. Inter-Fund Transfers
  7. 2014 DCC Program


Contact Jeff Arason by email at or by phone at 604-591-4367 with any questions or comments on DCCs in Surrey.

10 Year Servicing Plan

10-Year Servicing Plan

Review the Servicing Plan for transportation, drainage, water, and sewer over the next 10 years.