Storm Utility Fee and Credits
The Stormwater Utility fee is based on impervious surface area within a property line boundary. Impervious surfaces are areas of the landscape that impede infiltration of rainfall and result in an increased volume of surface runoff. As a simple rule, man-made surfaces that are not vegetated will be considered impervious. Examples of impervious surfaces include roofs, buildings, decks, or pools, as well as, any concrete, asphalt, compacted dirt or gravel surface.
The city has published impervious surface delineation information for all properties within the city. This information is provided to help citizens better understand how their property contributes runoff to our rivers and streams, and to provide property owners with a tool to estimate fees for specific properties. Properties are annotated with the calculated impervious surface; the estimated monthly fee is easily calculated by dividing the annotated impervious area by 500 and then multiplying by the proposed rate of $0.60 per 500 square feet in 2015, and $0.90 per 500 square feet in 2016.
Visit the GIS database and search for the desired parcel. After locating the parcel, click Map Layers tab, expand Impervious Surface layer, then check the box to activate layer. We ask that property owners contact the Stormwater Division at 540-853-5900 to report errors or ask questions.
Residential and commercial property owners can learn more about how to qualify properties for credits toward the stormwater utility fee in the 'Planning Your Fee Credit' page. The Stormwater Utility Fee Credit Manuals can give property owners information on the best management practices to implement to retain stormwater onsite and receive credit.
- Stormwater Utility Fee Credit Manual for Single Family Residential Properties
- Stormwater Utility Fee Credit Manual for Commercial, Industrial, Institutional, and Multifamily Residential Properties
Please note, corrections (credits) to your Stormwater fee may not apply until the start of the following fiscal year after the application is submitted. The Stormwater fee is based on conditions on the ground as of December 31st. For example, if an application for adjustment or credit is received prior to December 31st, these changes will be reflected in the bill that is sent out the the following August.