Development Cost Charges (DCCs)

Local governments in BC use Development Cost Charges (DCCs) levied on new projects to help fund the cost of hard infrastructure: water, sewer, drainage, road and parkland needed to accommodate growth.

DCCs are intended to reflect the capital costs that are imposed by new development. This capital burden can vary widely within a community based on factors such as the condition and capacity of existing infrastructure, the location of new development, the type of land use, and the characteristics of development projects.

The Village of Pemberton first proposed a Development Cost Charge Bylaw in 1995. At that time the bylaw only received three readings but was updated and the Village of Pemberton Council, after receiving approval from the Inspector of Municipalities, adopted Bylaw No. 521 on May 10, 2004 which imposed Development Cost Charges on subdivision of land and, in certain cases, building permits.

The Village Core included costs for the wastewater and water system upgrade, park land acquisition and roadwork construction and the Industrial Park for water and wastewater improvements.

In 2010 a revised bylaw was given three readings and submitted to the Ministry of Community Sport and Cultural Development (MCSCD) for approval but was never completed or adopted.

The bylaw (see below) was updated in 2013 with more detail to provide a clearer understanding of the capital projects and required Development Cost Charges (DCC) for each of the residential, commercial, institutional and industrial uses to enable future development in the municipality.

The DCCs in the updated bylaw are reduced from the previous 2004 bylaw for all uses except for Industrial uses. The Unit Multipliers have been amended in the new bylaw as recommended by the DCC Best Practices Guide. The increase in the proposed Industrial DCCs is a result of including new DCCs for roads and drainage.

When is a DCC Payable?

DCCs are applicable to every person/company who wishes to obtain one of the following:

  • Approval of a subdivision of a parcel of land:
  • A Building Permit authorizing the construction or alteration of more than three (3) buildings or structures:
  • A Building Permit authorizing the construction, alteration, or extension of a building or structure, other than a building or portion of it used for residential purposes, where the value of the work exceeds fifty thousand dollars ($50,000) DCCs are payable to the municipality prior to the approval of the subdivision or the issue of the Building Permit.

What are the Payments Terms?

DCCs are based on use or combination of uses for which the proposed building, structure or parcel of land is intended. The amounts payable of DCCs vary depending on the classification of the subdivision or building development. Please review the Development Cost Charge Bylaw for the applicable use, Equivalent Development Units (EDU's) associated with each use, and DCC's associated with each EDU.

Other Development Related Charges

In addition to DCCs, other related fees and charges may also apply, including:

  • Road frontage charges;
  • Utility connection charges;
  • Application fees

Further Information

For further information and more detailed estimates for specific Development Cost Charges, please contact:

Village of Pemberton Development Services
Village of Pemberton