Stormwater Fee: Residential and Non-Residential Information

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Residential Information

The City Ordinance dictates each residential unit will pay a per unit fee. All customers are being billed in accordance to the ordinance. The City is not able to intervene in a landlord/tenant or HOA dispute.

Non-Residential Information

The City Ordinance dictates that all developed and improved non-residential properties be changed a per acre fee.

The City uses strict criteria to evaluate all non-residential properties to ensure an accurate and fair evaluation of fees for each parcel.

In calculating the fee for larger non-residential parcels over 5 acres, large areas of undeveloped or unimproved land and or grassed areas, such as ball fields, will not be counted as they do not significantly contribute to stormwater runoff. Provision F of the Stormwater Enterprise Ordinance allows the City to remove such portions of land from the evaluations for parcels five acres or larger.

Provision F. For individual parcels of improved or developed non-residential property larger than five acres in size, in determining the size in acres or portion of an acre subject to the service fees, the Stormwater Manager shall disregard continuous area of substantial size which either (1) have not been improved and remain in a natural state, or (2) which are improved only with pervious grass and vegetative covering, including park land, golf course playing areas, and grassed athletic fields; provided, however, that this provision shall under no circumstances be applied to exclude from the fees areas of grass and landscaping associated with improvements or developments.

The City conducts a thorough review of all non-residential parcels to ensure fees are calculated accurately and will continue to work with owners of large non-residential parcels to help facilitate implementation of the fee and respond to questions/concerns.

The City of Colorado Springs will also pay stormwater fees for developed land on all City-owned properties as the developed land contributes to stormwater runoff.

Residential and Non-Residential Phased Stormwater Fee Increase

An increase in stormwater fees has been approved by the City Council Resolution and will become effective July 1, 2021. To ease the transition to a sustainable fee, the increase will be implemented in three phases, as shown in the following schedule.

Monthly Fee

Phase 1

2021

Phase 2

2022

Phase 3

2023*

Residential / Unit $7.00 $7.50 $8.00
Non-residential / Acre $40.50 $43.00 $45.00

Stormwater Fees Billed through Colorado Springs Utilities

Residents with active, non-seasonal water service through Colorado Springs Utilities will be billed the stormwater fee on their monthly utility bill. The stormwater fee is a monthly charge and is not dependent on water usage or occupancy.

Residents who are serviced by Colorado Springs Utilities but who do not live in Colorado Springs will not have to pay the fee. The fee only applies to properties within the geographic city limits of Colorado Springs.

Stormwater Fees Direct Billed

Residents without an active, non-seasonal water services agreement with Springs Utilities will be billed through a separate billing agency.