Stormwater Utility Fee
Stormwater is created through precipitation that falls from the sky in the form of rain, sleet, or snow. Impervious pavements, which are surfaces that have been compacted or covered with a layer of material preventing water from soaking into the ground (concrete, asphalt, crushed stone), increase stormwater runoff. Every developed property in the City contributes to stormwater runoff, and therefore every property should support the improvements, operation, and maintenance of stormwater drainage systems in an equitable manner.
There are two categories of properties under the Stormwater Utility Fee: single-family residence (SFR) and non-single-family residential (NSFR).
Single-Family Residence (SFR)
Single-family residence (SFR) properties include all individually metered dwelling units, such as single-family homes and detached townhomes. The current SFR Stormwater Utility Fee (SUF) is $3.25 per month.
Non-Single-Family Residential (NSFR)
Non-single-family residential properties include all commercial, industrial, institutional, and residential properties that have multiple dwelling units served by a single water meter. The (SUF) for the non-single family residential classification is calculated by dividing the total amount of impervious surface on the property by 2,800 Square Feet (sf) (the equivalent dwelling unit or EDU) and then multiplying that product by $3.25.
For example, a commercial property which has 30,000 square feet of impervious area would pay $34.72 per month. Calculation: (30,000 sf of impervious area / 2,800 sf EDU) x $3.25 = $34.82/month
Non-single-family residential properties with detention or retention ponds can apply for credits to reduce their Stormwater Utility Fee. Interested applicants should fill out the the forms listed in the "Additional Documents & Applications" section. City staff will review the completed forms and asses any credits, up to 50% of the total SUF. The forms indicate a maximum credit between 10 to 50%. Properties that are awarded credits will be required to inspect their Best Management Practices (BMP) before September 1st of each year and submit their form to the City for review. Credits cannot be applied retroactively.
Frequently Asked Questions
For more information about the Stormwater Utility Fee, please consult this FAQ. You can also contact the Public Works Department by calling (785) 542-2153.