Stormwater Utility Information

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The City of Harrisonburg adopted a Stormwater Utility Fee to provide funding in the support of the operation, maintenance, and regulation of the City's extensive stormwater management system. (Learn about the Stormwater Utility Fee development process.)

The utility fee has been designed for owners of developed property in the City to assist in stormwater management program costs. The utility fee program is based on the amount of impervious area on developed property because properties with higher amounts of impervious area contribute greater amounts of stormwater runoff and pollutants to the stormwater management system.

Stormwater Utility Mapping

Stormwater Utility Mapping

 

*This mapping tool should not be used to find your final billing amount as updates have been made since it was last refreshed. The billing rate has been changed from $10.50 per 500 square feet to $6.00 per 500 square feet, and the mapping tool does not yet reflect this change. If you have questions about your stormwater utility bill please call Harrisonburg Public Works at 540-434-5928 or email stormwater@harrisonburgva.gov.

 

PDF[391KB] Impervious Area Calculations Fact Sheet

 

PDF[210KB] Stormwater Management & Utility Program Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)  -The Stormwater Utility Fee Frequently Asked Questions has been prepared to assist property owners in answering inquiries about the new fee. The information contained in this document is designed to help answer questions about the fee and to provide property owners with a fundamental understanding of the Stormwater Utility Fee program, payment processes, and available credit and incentive programs.

2015 Timeline

 

Stormwater Utility Fee Information for Property Owners

 

Credit Information for Residential Properties - PDFAll files are in PDF format.

Residential properties are defined as any property on which a single-family, duplex, or townhome dwelling exists and is used for noncommercial purposes.

Stormwater Utility Fee Credit Manual for Residential [2MB]- includes sample utility fee calculations, instructions for applying for credits, list of approved stormwater best management practices, credit calculation examples, application forms, etc.

EXAMPLE: Credit Application for Residential [238KB] - Example of submitted application and attachments

*See Maintenance Guidelines if you are claiming them for stormwater utility fee credits.

Guide for Developments, Condominiums, and Neighborhoods with Home Owners Associations or Property Owners. [285KB] 

 

Credit Information for Non-Residential Properties - PDFAll files are in PDF format.

Non-Residential properties are those properties that are not defined as Residential.

Stormwater Utility Fee Credit Manual for Non-Residential [1MB] - includes sample utility fee calculations, instructions for applying for credits, list of approved stormwater best management practices, credit calculation examples, applications forms, etc.

Credit Application Guide for Existing Non-Residential BMPs [294KB] - General information to assist property owners collecting information and documentation. Property owners should contact a professional engineering firm for further assistance.

Credit Calculation Guide for Non-Residential BMPs  [111KB] - Worksheet for credit calculations

Guide for Developments, Condominiums, and Neighborhoods with Home Owners Associations or Property Owners. [285KB]

 

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What does the stormwater utility fee pay for?

The stormwater utility fee pays for the City's projects to reduce polluted runoff. The first several years of the program will focus on the following activities:

  • Development of  a city-wide Stormwater Improvement and Polluted Runoff Reduction Plan to identify, select, and prioritize capital projects to reduce pollution, manage stormwater, and protect our drinking water sources.
  • Design and construction of stormwater capital projects, including retrofits and community greening projects to reduce pollution and improve water quality.  This includes projects on city owned properties and partnerships (such as grants or cost-share) with private property owners. 
  • Coordination of pollution reduction efforts including staff training, pollution prevention and good housekeeping practices for municipal operations, pollution detection and elimination program, and public education and outreach.
  • Maintenance and operation of city-owned stormwater drainage and stormwater management facilities. 

 

How was the Stormwater Utility Fee Program developed?

The program was developed by city staff and the Council appointed members of the Stormwater Advisory Committee, and included open house meetings and public input. More information about the development of the Stormwater Utility Program.

 

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Questions? Email Stormwater@HarrisonburgVA.gov or call 540-434-5928.