The following are user fees reflected on your property tax notice. These fees are different from fees applied to property development, known as Development Cost Charges.
Water Utility User Fees
The Sunshine Coast Regional District is responsible for the water service on the Sunshine Coast. You can contact SCRD Water Services on the web or by phone at 604-885-6800.
Any water user fee unpaid by December 31st of any year it is due shall be deemed taxes in arrears on the land or real property on which the fee is imposed. Once added to taxes these accounts accrue interest at a rate set quarterly by the Province.
What is the “Parcel Tax - SCRD Water”?
The water frontage tax is a charge levied by the Sunshine Coast Regional District. It is a charge to offset the maintenance of the water lines. This is a separate charge from the Water User Charge, which is the water bill that is paid to the Sunshine Coast Regional District for use of the water.
Sewer Utility User Fees
Sewer User Fees are invoiced to property owners as a separate line on annual property tax notices.
On your Property Tax Notice, you will see a sewer utility user fee and you may also see sewer bylaw charges depending on the area.
Garbage Utility User Fees for Household Food Waste and Recycling Collection
Residential garbage and recycling collection fees are entered on the tax roll as a separate line item on the annual property tax notice. The District of Sechelt's Solid Waste Control, Collection and Disposal Bylaw No. 548, 2016 details the service fees for garbage, packaging and printed paper recycling collection.
Why am I allowed only one trash can per week?
The Solid Waste Control, Collection and Disposal Bylaw No. 548, 2016 requires the following:
- Weekly collection of one 70 litre garbage can, weighing no more then 20kg per residential unit.
- Biweekly packaging and printed paper recycling collection (blue bin) - no volume limit, however customers must follow the recycling collection sort guide requirements
- Extra garbage tags may be purchased at the Municipal Office for $ 4.00 each. Each extra can of garbage put out for collection shall have a separate garbage tag affixed so that the driver can easily see it.
Do I have to pay if I don’t use the garbage service?
Yes, every single family residential unit is charged the same whether they take advantage of the service or not. More information is available in the Solid Waste Control, Collection and Disposal Bylaw No. 548, 2016. Copies by be downloaded from the Sechelt Public Document Library, viewed at the District of Sechelt, or a paper copy may be purchased for a substantial charge.
See our Garbage and Recycling Web Page for additional information.