Reduced Water and Sewer Connection Fees

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The City of Charlottesville offers reduced water facility and sewer connection fees for affordable housing units.  "Affordable housing" means a dwelling unit:
  1. To be purchased and occupied by an individual or family with a household income less than 80% of the Area Median Income (AMI),
  2. That has a sales price no greater than the maximum sales price established by the Virginia Housing Development Authority for its first time homebuyer loan programs in the Charlottesville metropolitan statistical area (non-federal targeted area),
Or, that is developed as rental property with financial assistance from a federal, state, or local program requiring the dwelling units to be leased to tenants with a household income less than 80% of the AMI.


The water facility fee for connecting a unit of affordable housing to the city water system with a 5/8" meter shall be $800.00.  The sewer facility fee for connecting a unit of affordable housing to the city sewer system with a 5/8" meter  shall be $800.00. Contact Neighborhood Development Services (434) 970-3093 or the Utility Billing Office at (434) 970-3211  larger meter size fees.

An applicant for the reduced water facility fee or sewer facility fee shall agree to pay the difference between reduced water facility fee and the standard water facility fee, or the reduced sewer facility fee and the standard sewer facility fee, if the dwelling unit ceases to be affordable housing at any time within 5 years from the connection to the city water or sewer system is made.  Upon receiving the reduced fees, a promissory note is required. 

Applications should be submitted to:  Tierra Howard, Neighborhood Development Services,
610 East Market Street, P.O. Box 911, Charlottesville, VA 22902

For additional information, please call (434) 970-3093