Taxation & Fees

Development Cost Comparison

When construction value exceeds $50,000, property developers must pay a Development Cost Charge (DCC) prior to obtaining a Building Permit. These fees are used to fund capital improvements to the sewer, water, drainage, and road infrastructure and the acquisition of parkland and open spaces.

The table and chart below displays a comparison between municipalities including local tax rate, development cost charges, and municipal charges using an example of a light industrial building; 10 acres of land, 50,000 square foot building. 

wdt_ID COMMUNITY LAND IMPROVEMENTS INDUSTRIAL TAX RATE TOTAL TAXES DCC RATES (Per Sq Metre) TOTAL DCC TOTAL MUNICIPAL CHARGES
1 Chilliwack 5,500,000 2,611,000 9.13390 76,303.00 21.08 97,920 174,223.00
2 Abbotsford 7,100,000 2,611,000 10.01950 97,299.00 58.00 269,419 366,718.00
3 Maple Ridge 8,000,000 2,611,000 11.88010 126,060.00 12.15.+ 3,794 /HA 71,792 197,852.00
4 Langley Township 8,000,000 2,611,000 8.9839 95,328.00 66.12 307,13 7 402,466.00
5 Delta 9,000,000 2,611,000 9.76770 119,639.00 33.16 154,033 273,672.00
6 Surrey 9,000,000 2,611,000 6.20880 72,090.00 64.58 299,984 372,074.00
7 Coquitlam 9,000,000 2,611,000 12.68730 147,312.00 35.00 162,580 309,893.00
COMMUNITY

Municipal Taxes

Business tax rates in the City of Chilliwack are less than neighbouring communities. Property tax rates are calculated by the City of Chilliwack. The City of Chilliwack also offers revitalization tax incentives.

wdt_ID Municipality Municipal Business Tax Rate
1 Abbotsford 9.2476
2 Chilliwack 7.1077
3 Coquitlam 7.2747
4 Kamloops 13.5700
5 Kelowna 7.4507
6 Langley 7.6388
7 Maple Ridge 8.9367

Provincial Taxes

With a low corporate tax rate of between 2.5% and 11%, in addition to several tax incentives and credits, as well as some other tax breaks, BC is among the lowest major industrialized nations.