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Capacity Charge

A capacity charge recovers the costs associated with providing additional water capacity and additional wastewater facility capacity to new users and existing users requiring additional capacity. Additional and/or larger water fixtures, additional “conditioned” square footage as well as a change of business use are all reviewed when calculating a capacity charge.

Capacity Charge Objectives

The primary objectives of a capacity charge are the following:

  • a mechanism by which users who create new or additional demand on the water distribution and/or the wastewater system can pay for the cost of the facilities required to serve them
  • to achieve equity in distributing costs

Water Capacity Charge
The Water Capacity Charge went into effect January 1, 2009 pursuant to City and County of San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) Resolution No. 07-0099 adopted on June 12, 2007. The resolution requires any user requesting a new connection to the water distribution system, or requiring additional capacity as a result of any addition, improvement, modification or change in use of an existing connection, to pay a capacity charge. The Capacity Charge will be adjusted annually beginning July 1, 2009.

Wastewater Capacity Charge
The Wastewater Capacity Charge went into effect July 1, 2005 in accordance with Resolution No. 05-0045. On January 1, 2009 pursuant to City and SFPUC Resolution No. 07-0100 adopted on June 12, 2007 the resolution was updated. The resolutions require any user requesting a new connection or requiring additional wastewater collection and treatment capacity to pay a Wastewater Capacity Charge. The Capacity Charge will be adjusted annually beginning July 1, 2009.

For locations with an existing connection a Prior Use Credit may be available if there has been 12 months continuous water use within the previous 5 years. 50% of an assessed Capacity Charge is collected at the Department of Building Inspection along with their permit fees. The balance is collected within 12 months of the permit issue date. The Capacity Charge is adjusted annually every July 1st based on changes in the Engineering News-Record 20 City Average Construction Cost Index.


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