Storm Water Utility Fee

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In February of 2013, the Charlottesville City Council approved a Water Resources Protection Program (WRPP) for the City. Part of this plan includes a dedicated funding source, known as the Storm Water Utility Fee, which is a fee that will be assessed on each eligible property located in the City. The amount of the fee will be derived from the amount of impervious surface present on that property. Impervious surfaces include roofs, driveways, road, decks, and parking lots.

A user-fee model ensures that each property contributes a fair and equitable amount of funding to the program based on its individual contribution to the problem of managing storm water run-off in the City. The City Treasurer’s Office has been tasked with the billing and collection of the storm water utility fee.

When will I receive my bill?

Billing begins in 2014. Storm water billing will occur twice a year, due June 5th and December 5th alongside real estate and personal property billing. For those properties already receiving a real estate tax bill, the real estate tax and storm water utility fee bill will combined in the same mailing. If your property is tax exempt, you will only receive a storm water utility fee bill.

What if my taxes are escrowed?

If your real estate taxes are paid by your mortgage company through an escrow account, your storm water utility fee will also be paid by your mortgage company, since it will be sent on the same bill. Please note that storm water fees are not tax-deductible.

How is the fee calculated?

The fee is based on the amount of impervious surface on your property. The fee rate is $1.20 per month, per billing unit. The square feet is converted to billing units for ease of billing. Generally, 500 square feet of impervious surface equals one billing unit. Please see the fee structure below:

  • 0-300 sq. feet= 0 billing units
  • 301-500 sq. feet= 1 billing unit
  • 501-1000 sq. feet= 2 billing units
  • 1001-1500 sq. feet= 3 billing units
  • Etc.

Please note that any partial units are always rounded up to the next round billing number. The fee for each billing unit is $1.20 per month. A home with one billing unit would pay $14.40 a year, billed semi-annually.

To see what your home's fee amount is, please visit the City Assessor online records site.

What payment options are available?

All payment options available for tax payments are available for the storm water utility fee. Please click here to read more about available payment options.

Where can I learn more about this program?

The Water Resources Protection Program is administered by Public Works. Please click here for more information about the program.

What can I do to reduce my bill?

A credit program has been developed. Please visit the Public Works page here for more information or email

Is there any fee relief available?

City Council has approved a fee waiver for all Real Estate Relief and CHAP recipients, as qualified by the Commissioner of the Revenue’s Office. For those Real Estate Relief recipients earning tax relief at 60% or higher, they will receive the same relief percentage amount on their storm water bill. For those CHAP recipients with an income no greater than $25,000, a storm water relief grant of 25% will be applied to their 2nd half bill in the year they qualify.  No additional application is required if you apply and qualify for either relief program mentioned above.