Development Cost Charges

The District of Saanich is updating its development cost charges (DCC) bylaw and invites the public, developers and other stakeholders to learn more about the update process and to review the draft program and draft DCC rates.

Proposed DCC rates

See the draft summary of DCC rates or read the full overview document [PDF - 363 KB].

When will new DCC rates be effective?

The new DCC rates will be effective immediately following adoption of the new District of Saanich development cost charges bylaw; however, the Local Government Act (LGA) provides special protection (in-stream) from rate increases for development applications submitted prior to the bylaw adoption date. In-stream protection applies to both building permit and subdivision applications received prior to the adoption of the new DCC bylaw. Protection is also extended to rezoning and development permit applications that are submitted prior to the adoption of the new DCC bylaw and result in an issued building permit within 12 months of the bylaw’s adoption. Sections 511 and 568 of the LGA outline the criteria that must be met for an application to qualify for in-stream protection.   

If an application meets the required criteria and is submitted prior to the adoption of the new DCC bylaw, it will be provided protection from rate increases for a period of 12 months after the adoption date. 

How can I provide feedback?

Saanich requested feedback through a survey (open to August 10, 2018) to determine level of support for the proposed DCC program.  The survey period is now closed. Comments received at the public sessions held July 25 and the survey results will be shared with Council. 

Frequently Asked Questions

What are DCCs?

As Saanich grows, new infrastructure and parks are needed to support people and businesses moving into our neighbourhoods. Development cost charges (DCCs) are fees collected from land developers on a user pay basis to help fund the cost of growth-related infrastructure and parks. The rate charged reflects the impact growth has on infrastructure and parks; the greater the impact, the larger the charge. This helps ensure developers pay their fair share of the costs required to develop new infrastructure.

What do DCCs fund?

DCCs are used to pay for capital upgrades to sanitary, water, drainage, and transportation systems that are needed to support growth. They are also used to acquire and develop parkland.  

DCCs are regulated by the province and cannot be used to pay for operational costs, maintenance costs, infrastructure upgrades required to service the existing population and/or new facilities such as fire hall, libraries, etc.

Where are we today?

The last major update to Saanich’s DCC bylaw was in 1998. The previous DCC program was complex and charged DCCs on 12 specific areas. Rates are being reviewed now because Saanich’s DCC transition plan (2017) simplified the previous program until a major update could be done. Saanich now has sufficient information on growth-related infrastructure and parks needs and can complete a full update to the DCC bylaw.

How do the previous DCC rates compare with the proposed rates?

 A comparison of previous rates to the proposed rates [PDF - 93 KB] illustrates potential changes in charges for different development types. Please note:

  • The previous rates varied by neighbourhood area across the District whereas the proposed rates are municipal-wide (i.e., the rate will not vary by location)
  • The previous rates were for residential and commercial categories only, whereas the proposed rates have several categories under residential (e.g. single family lots, duplex/triplex/quadraplex, townhouse, apartment) plus rates for commercial, institutional and industrial land use types.  
How are DCCs calculated?

DCC rates are calculated by dividing the cost of growth-related infrastructure and parks by the amount of anticipated growth.

What are the proposed DCC rates?

Saanich is in the early stages of the DCC update and is introducing the public, developers and other stakeholders to the DCC bylaw update process. The update is expected to be completed by the end of 2018, with the draft program and rates available for public comment in late spring 2018.

When will new DCC rates be effective?

The new DCC rates will be effective immediately following adoption of the new District of Saanich development cost charges bylaw; however, the Local Government Act (LGA) provides special protection (in-stream) from rate increases for development applications submitted prior to the bylaw adoption date. In-stream protection applies to both building permit and subdivision applications received prior to the adoption of the new DCC bylaw. Protection is also extended to rezoning and development permit applications that are submitted prior to the adoption of the new DCC bylaw and result in an issued building permit within 12 months of the bylaw’s adoption. Sections 511 and 568 of the LGA outline the criteria that must be met for an application to qualify for in-stream protection.  

If an application meets the required criteria and is submitted prior to the adoption of the new DCC bylaw, it will be provided protection from rate increases for a period of 12 months after the adoption date.

Documents and Reports

DCC Public Open House #1 Information Boards - March 2018 

DCC Public Open House #2 Information Boards - July 2018 

DCC Public Open House Information Sheet 

Where do I find more information? For questions, please contact:

Engineering Department
engineering@saanich.ca
250-475-5575