Development Cost Charges

The District of Saanich has updated its development cost charges (DCC) Bylaw and new rates are in effect February 25, 2020.

To learn more about Development Cost Charges including the what, why, who, and how much, open the DCC Web Brochure [PDF - 698 KB] for a summary of the bylaw. Alternatively, the full DCC Bylaw can be found here: DEVELOPMENT COST CHARGES BYLAW, 2019 

DCC Reduction Bylaw

If you are building not-for-profit or for-profit affordable rental housing, you may be eligible for a reduction in the Development Cost Charges. To learn more view the DCC Reduction Bylaw or discuss with Development Services staff to understand if your development is eligible for reduced fees.

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.

How are DCCs calculated?

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

 

Documents and Reports

Development Cost Charge Update Background Report [PDF - 4 MB]

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