Fees as of September 2013

Late Fee:

The PSD charges a late fee of $5 or 2 percent of the bill amount, whichever is greater, for bills that are more than 30 days past due.

Reconnection Fee:

Service will be terminated on any account which is 45 days past due. All outstanding charges and a $35 reconnection fee will be collected before service is restored. Service is restored during business hours from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, excluding holidays.

Returned Check Fee:

The PSD charges $15 for returned checks. If a check is returned, the amount of the check will be charged back to the customer’s account and payment must be made by cash, money order, or cashier’s check within 15 business days of notification, in order to avoid termination of service.

Availability Fee:

The PSD charges both a Water Availability Fee and a Sewer Availability Fee. These fees are charged to properties that have water and/or sewer service available, but are not connected to the systems. These fees apply to vacant lots as well as homes and businesses that are not connected to the services. A property can be charged one or both fees. All lots within 100 feet of an existing gravity or low pressure sewer main or an existing water main with the ability to provide immediate service are charged availability fees, with the following exceptions:

  • Unbuildable lots.
  • Lots without free and easy access to the nearest main.

Unbuildable lots are: Designated Wetlands; Inundated Property; and Designated Open Space. Lots without free and easy access to the nearest main are lots within 100 feet of the main, but where no public road right-of-way nor easement exists, which therefore would require crossing another piece of property to serve the subject property.

The Water Availability Fee is $100 per year. The Sewer Availability Fee is $300 per year. Dividable lots of more than two (2) acres are charged a Water Availability Fee of $200 per year, and a Sewer Availability Fee of $600 per year.

Availability Fees are collected through a customer’s Beaufort County property tax bill.

Meter Installation Fees:

Meter installation fees must be paid when the connections for service are made.

A. Water Meter Installation Fee (Existing Service Line)

  • ¾” Meter:  $640
  • 1” Meter:   $850
  • 2” Meter with Meter Box and Backflow: $2,330
  • 3” Meter with Meter Box and Backflow: Time and Materials

B. Water Meter Installation Fee (No Existing Service Line)

  • ¾” Meter:  $1,020
  • 1”  Meter:  $1,080
  • 2” and Above Meters:  Time and Materials

Water Inspection Fee:

The PSD charges a one-time Water Inspection Fee of $100 to new customers at the time they connect to the water system. The fee covers the cost of the PSD inspecting the new connection to make sure it meets PSD requirements.

Sewer Installation Fees:

A. Sewer Service Installation Fee Individual 4 Inch Lateral: $1,200

B. Main Extensions, Laterals above 4 Inches, and Mains Greater than 6 feet in depth: Time and Materials

Sewer Inspection Fee:

The PSD charges a one-time Sewer Inspection Fee of $100 to new customers at the time they connect to the sewer system. The fee covers the cost of the PSD inspecting the new connection to make sure it meets PSD requirements.

Capacity Fee:

A Capacity Fee is a one-time charge to new development or to new customers, where money has not been previously paid, to cover the capital costs spent to provide a given service. The PSD charges both a Water Capacity Fee and a Sewer Capacity Fee. These one-time fees are charged when a property connects to the water or sewer system. In the case of new development, however, the fees are due at the time the PSD agrees to provide service.

Capacity Fee (per unit)

Water Capacity (House)

$2,400.00

Water Capacity (Mobile Home)

$1,800.00

Sewer Capacity

$3,040.00

The PSD offers a one-year, interest-free payment plan for Capacity Fees. The installments are placed on a customer’s utility bill.

Front-Foot Assessment:

A Front-Foot Assessment is a pro rata share of the costs associated with bringing water and/or sewer service to a particular area. For example, the costs of having to install a sewer main and/or repave a road as a result of putting sewer infrastructure into a neighborhood are divided amongst the properties receiving the sewer service. Following a project to provide water or sewer service, the Front-Foot Assessment is charged to property owners in addition to Capacity and Connection fees.

Front-Foot Assessments can vary depending upon the specifics of the project.

The PSD allows the long-term financing of a Front-Foot Assessment by placing it on a customer’s Beaufort County property tax bill over a 20-year period. When a property owner chooses this option, the PSD also allows the Capacity Fee to be financed over 20 years.