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Development Cost Charge Bylaw No. 934, 2010

This page was last reviewed on October 11, 2018.

Development Cost Charges are fees that municipalities may impose by bylaw on new develoment to help pay the cost of off-site infrastructure services needed to accommodate growth. Cumberland’s bylaw includes DCCs for water, sanitary sewer, roads, storm sewer and parks.


A bylaw to establish Development Cost Charges applicable for development within the Village of Cumberland

WHEREAS Section 933 of the Local Government Act provides that the Council may by bylaw, impose development cost charges on every person who obtains:

a) an approval of a subdivision; or

b) a building permit authorizing the construction, alteration or extension of a building

AND WHEREAS development cost charges may be imposed for the sole purpose of providing funds to assist the Village to pay the capital costs of:

a) providing, constructing, altering or expanding sewage, water, drainage and highway facilities, other than off-street parking facilities; and

b) providing and improving park land;

to service, directly or indirectly, the development for which the charge is being imposed;

NOW THEREFORE the Council of the Village of Cumberland, in open meeting assembled, enacts as follows:

  1. Development Cost Charges

Development cost charges, in the amounts prescribed in Schedule ‘A’ attached to and forming part of this Bylaw, shall be paid at the time of approval of the subdivision or the issue of the building permit, as the case may be.

  1. Definitions

For the purpose of this bylaw, the following definitions apply. Terms contained in this bylaw and not defined herein, their context and meaning shall be as defined in the ‘Village of Cumberland Zoning Bylaw No. 717, 2004’, then the Interpretation Act and then in the Canadian Oxford dictionary.

Commercial Use means any activity in which goods and services are
exchanged for monetary gain.
Dwelling Unit means a self contained residential unit including a cooking facility and consisting of one or more habitable rooms designed and used for the accommodation of only one person or family.
means any building divided into not less than three self-contained dwelling units each of which is occupied or intended to be occupied as a permanent home or residence of one family as distinct from a hotel, motel, or similar transient accommodation for the traveling public, the entrance to which shall be from a common vestibule.
means any building divided into two dwelling units neither of which is a secondary suite and each of which is occupied or intended to be occupied as a permanent home or residence of one family, each of which has a separate and independent entrance. Neither unit shall include a mobile home as a part or a whole.
residential multiple
means a development that results in two or more dwelling units on a single property, excluding a townhouse or mobile home development, but including residential units in a mixed use zone.
single family
means a detached building used for residential use for one family and consisting of one dwelling unit.
Dwelling,Patio home means a single storey dwelling unit located within a block of at least three side by side family dwelling units where each family dwelling unit is separated from each other by a party (common) wall, and where each unit has a ground floor. Neither unit shall include a mobile home as a part of a whole.
townhouse or rowhouse
means a block of at least three side by side family dwelling units where each family dwelling unit is separated from each other by a party (common) wall.
Gross floor area
means the total area of all the floors measured to the extreme outer limits of the building, or to the centre of the firewalls, and areas giving access thereto, such as corridors, hallways, landing, foyers, staircases, and stairwells.
Industrial use means a use providing for the wholesale, processing, fabricating, warehousing, testing, assembling, service, repairs, manufacturing, distribution or maintenance of goods or materials and can include bulk storage, junkyards, wood processing, meat and fish processing and automobile service stations, fabricating, and includes wholesale and retail sales accessory to the principal use.
Institutional use means a congregate care facility, a seniors residence where a minimum of 20% of the floor area of the buildings located on the parcel is operated under a license pursuant to the Community Care Facility Act (British Columbia), or a non-profit use for cultural, recreational, social, religious, government, public health care or educational purposes.
Land developed means the area that is affected by the Development Permit and/or Building Permit that initiates the requirement for DCC’s.
Manufactured home means a transportable dwelling, which arrives at the site where it is to be occupied, complete and ready for occupancy except for placing on foundation supports, connections of utilities, and some incidental assembly, and conforms to the Canadian Standards Association’s Z240 MH Series 96 and Z241 Series 92 standards, but specifically excludes recreational vehicles.
Residential low density includes the following dwelling units:a) dwelling, single familyb) dwelling, duplex
Residential medium density includes the following dwelling unitsa) dwelling, patio homeb) dwelling, townhouse or rowhousec) manufactured home
Residential high density includes the following dwelling units:(a) dwelling, multi family(b) dwelling, apartment
  1. Charges Payable

Except where prohibited by statute, every person who obtains:

  • Approval of a subdivision; or
  • A building permit authorizing the construction, alteration, or extension of a building or structure,(including a building containing only two or three self contained dwelling units);

shall pay the Village of Cumberland, the specified Development Cost Charge in the amount and at the time as set out in Schedule ‘A’, which is attached to and forms part of this bylaw.

  1. Mixed Use Buildings

Where a proposed building is to be used for more than one class of use under this bylaw, the charge for each portion of the building used for a separate class of use shall be calculated separately, based upon the relevant charge in the schedule, and the total amount of those charges shall be payable upon issuance of a building permit for the construction, alteration or extension of the building.

  1. Repeal

The ‘Corporation of the Village of Cumberland Development Cost Charges Bylaw No. 919, 2009’ and all amendments thereto, are hereby repealed upon adoption of this bylaw.

  1. Citation

The bylaw shall be cited for all purposes as the ‘Corporation of the Village of Cumberland Development Cost Charges Bylaw No. 934, 2010.’

  1. Effective Date

This bylaw comes into effect on the day of adoption.

Schedule A

Low Density
Medium Density
High Density
Industrial Use Institutional Use Commercial Use
Per Dwelling Unit Per hectare of land utilized Per metre² of GFA Per metre² of GFA
Water $4,259 $3,435 $2,748 $24,732 $15.11 $17.86
Sanitary Sewer $9,664 $7,794 $6,235 $56,166 $34.29 $40.53
Roads $2,404 $1,938 $1,551 $13,957 $8.53 $10.08
Storm Sewer $977 $528 $322 $21,985 $2.93 $3.13
Parks $2,438 $1,966 $1,573 $0 $0.00 $0.00
Costs per unit of measure $19,743$19,742* $15,661 $12,429 $116,790$116,840* $60.87$60.86* $71.60

* unofficial correction to the bylaw

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