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Development Cost Charges

The City of Kamloops levies development cost charges (DCCs) on new developments to help fund the costs of expanding and upgrading the City’s road, water, drainage, and sewer services and for parkland acquisition or improvement to meet the needs of projected growth that's expected to occur within the next 10 years.

DCCs are generally updated every two to three years to reflect current costs and growth trends.

How Development Cost Charges Work

DCCs are charged at the building permit stage for new single- and multi-family residential units and commercial, industrial, and institutional development projects.

The City implemented DCCs in the 1970s. The collection and usage of DCCs are legislated by the Province under the Provincial Local Government Act. DCCs cannot be used to fund any projects that do not meet the eligibility requirements.

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What Kinds of Projects do Development Cost Charges Help Pay For?

DCCs are used to meet growth-related infrastructure needs by funding:

  • Transportation: new roads and bridges, road widening, capacity improvements, signalization, and sidewalks and cycle tracks
  • Water: new and upgraded water mains and new water pump stations and reservoirs
  • Sewer: new trunk mains, new sanitary pump stations, and sewer upgrades
  • Drainage: stormwater ponds and pump stations, culvert upgrades, and storm sewer upgrades
  • Parks: acquiring parkland for parks and greenways and completing park improvements

Development Cost Charge Bylaw

The City's current Development Cost Charge Bylaw No. 48-100 came into effect on December 15, 2020, and was amended on July 25, 2023.


Email or phone 250-828-3561 with any questions or comments on DCCs in Kamloops.