How do I pay my Storm Water Services fee?
Most customers receive a monthly City of Charlotte/Mecklenburg County water services bill that includes the Storm Water Services fee as well as Charlotte Water drinking water and wastewater fees. While different departments and organizations provide these services, the fees and charges are included on one bill to simplify the billing and payment process for customers. You may pay your water services bill online, by phone, or in person at authorized payment locations. Visit the Bill Payment Options page for more information.
What are Storm Water Services fees used for in our community?
- Repairing public storm drainage infrastructure
- Reducing flood risks
- Improving surface waters
How is the Storm Water Services fee determined?
The Storm Water Services fee is based on a property’s impervious surface area such as rooftops and concrete driveways. The more impervious surfaces, the more stormwater runoff flows from the property into the storm drainage system. Properties with the least amount of impervious surface area pay the lowest Storm Water Services fee.
What is counted as impervious surface?
Impervious surfaces are hard surfaces that do not allow rainwater to absorb into the ground. Common examples of impervious surface include rooftops and concrete driveways. Areas covered with grass, trees, gardens, and gravel are not included when measuring impervious surface area for purposes of determining the Storm Water Services fee. However, gravel is considered impervious surface for many stormwater regulations.
How is the amount of impervious area on my parcel determined?
Impervious surfaces are identified and measured using aerial photography for each parcel in Mecklenburg County. Your parcel’s impervious surface area is listed on the front of your City of Charlotte/Mecklenburg County water services bill. To view your property's impervious area, go to https://mcmap.org/geoportal/ then type in your address and click on impervious.
Call 311 (or 704.336.7600) if you have questions about your parcel’s impervious area or would like to request an inspector to validate the square footage.
What are the billing tiers?
Detached Single-Family Residential properties (one individual, detached, single-family home on a parcel) are in one of four billing tiers based on the property’s total amount of impervious surface. Each property in the tier is billed the same amount.
Tier 1: <2,000 square feet of impervious surface
Tier 2: 2,000 to 2,999 square feet of impervious surface
Tier 3: 3,000 to 4,999 square feet of impervious surface
Tier 4: 5,000 or more square feet of impervious surface
All Other properties (commercial buildings; attached single-family homes such as duplexes, triplexes and apartments; multiple single-family structures on one parcel) are billed for the actual amount of impervious area on the property.