How Much Does it Cost to Connect to a City Sewer?
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Sewers are shared wastewater treatment systems that are provided, owned and maintained by the city or town you live in. If available, homes can connect to this system to flush wastewater from their homes to a central treatment facility through the sewer system. Connecting to a city sewer system means you won’t have to install a septic tank system.
How much does it cost?
- Hookup fees to the city sewer cost a lot because the city or town providing the system needs to get back some of the costs of running sewer lines to your area. Fees can cost anywhere from $5,000 to more than $20,000.
- According the home page of the City of Portland, the city sewer connection charges include sewer line charges at $1.39 per assessable square foot of property, based on the area within 100 feet of the sewer line; the branch charges at $5,059 per branch and the sewer system development charges at $4,335 for a single-family residence.
- In New Hampshire, the one-time hookup fee for a single family detached residential structure is $2325 plus a $50 application fee for a residential use.
- According the home page of San Diego county, a one-time connection capacity fee can be anywhere from $1,000 to $4,000 for locations within 100’ of a public sewer main.
- The location is going to play a big role, but to play it safe, budget anywhere from $5,000 to $32,000.
- According to a thread on the website Trulia.com, users paid anywhere from $2,000 to as much as $10,000 for the hookup fees alone. Some users even claimed that local townships and cities made it mandatory to hook up when purchasing a new home.
What is going to be included?
- This cost quoted refers to the one-time hook up fee to the city sewer. However, this connection is only done at the end which connects to the actual sewer and provides a branch to your home to which your sewer system can connect. The city sewer hook up will not include connecting your actual pipes to the branch.
What are the extra costs?
- Private plumbing costs are to be paid to the contractor who will handle connecting your house to the city sewer branch at your property line which could range from $1,500 to $5,000. To find a professional plumber in your area, websites such as HomeAdvisor.com can help you get more than three quotes.
- Maintenance service charges will be billed through sewer user fees.
- San Diego county bills for a saddle connection fee, as applicable, amounting to $250. Every state and city will have its own additional fees, so it is best to consult with your local government to get an itemized list.
- City permits and inspection are required. If the inspection is not passed and more work needs to be done, this will also be an additional cost.
- Once the sewer work is finished, your yard will be quite torn up. If you decide to hire a landscaping company to fix up your property, you will have to pay for this service.
Factors that influence the price:
- City sewer connection charges depend on the size and use of your property. Residential homes will have fewer connections than a commercial building, so the charges for a home will be lower than a business.
- The connection fees depend on your state and the sewer district in which you live.
- Multi-family residences and commercial properties pay more depending on how many units they have, or based on the demands they put on the sewer system.
Tips to know:
- Portland city sponsors loan programs such as the Private Plumbing Loan Program to help owners finance or defer sewer connection fees and private plumbing costs at low-interest financing. The cost can be paid in installment payments at a 5 or 10-year term regardless of income.
- A 5% interest loan with a deferred payment option is available for qualifying low-income homeowners also in Portland. Check with your local state to see if you can qualify for any payment assistance programs.
- Connection fees for residential usage cover areas within 100m radius from the sewer line.
- Sewer connection charges only need to be paid upon completion of connection.
- Charges that are paid or financed do not get billed for annual rate charges.
Questions to ask
- What do I as the home owner need to do? Is there prep work in my yard or home that needs to be completed?
- Are there any other options other than connect to the city sewer system?
- How do I get a quite of how much the service will cost for my home?
- How long will the process take?
How can I save money?
- Homeowners belonging to the low income bracket may qualify for programs such as the Safety Net Program, which offers safety net deferred payment loans and safety net connection deferrals.