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On May 23rd, 2016, the City Council adopted Ordinance 1504, amending Chapter 13.04.025 of the Municipal Code - Fees for Sewer Connection

Section 13.04.025 Sewer Capacity Charges 

A. There shall be imposed on all new development and redevelopment in the City a sewer capacity charge as a condition of obtaining a permit to connect and discharge to the sanitary sewer system and prior to issuance of a building permit.

B. The purpose of the sewer capacity charge is to recover costs for the City’s sewer system infrastructure and assets that provide benefit to a) new connections to the sanitary sewer system, and b) existing sanitary sewer connections that increase wastewater discharge, such as due to redevelopment or changes in property use. The charges collected under this section shall be used to pay for improvements and expansion of sewer facilities, including the wastewater collection system, and any other purpose allowed by State and Federal law.

C. The sewer capacity charge shall be applied based on the increase in volume of estimated wastewater discharge from each new or expanded connection.

D. The City shall determine the volume of estimated wastewater discharge from each new or expanded connection.

E. The sewer capacity charge shall be adjusted annually based on the change in the Engineering News-Record Construction Cost Index (20-Cities Average) from the March 2016 Index.

F. The City shall also collect the sewer connection fees adopted by Silicon Valley Clean Water from new or expanded connections to the sewer system in conformance with the City’s obligations under the Joint Powers of Authority Agreement between the City and Silicon Valley Clean Water.
  
                                                                               

 Wastewater        Demand      

Sewer                Capacity               

RESIDENTIAL
Charge per residential dwelling unit

      Single Family          
                                

$10,811



      
      Multi-family
        (Includes Duplexes, Apartments, Condos & Cooperative   
        Projects)

 

$5,000


NON-RESIDENTIAL
Charge per 100 gpd of estimated wastewater discharge

 


 

                                  

     Commercial, Retail, Professional, Institutional & 
     Industrial Users




100  gpd 






1 gpd

                                      

$5,690


  

 

$56.90

Minimum charge for up to the first 100 gallons per day of estimated wastewater discharge 





Per each subsequent 1 gallon per day of estimated wastewater discharge  

   

The fee collected under this section shall be used for improvement and expansion of sewer facilities, including the collection system, and any other purpose allowed by State and Federal law.