Stormwater Fees


Fees and Charges

 

For payment options go to Pay your water bill page.

 


Stormwater Service Fees

 

What are Stormwater Services fees used for in our community?

  • Repairing storm drainage infrastructure
  • Improving surface water quality
  • Developing detailed watershed plans
  • Educating the public about stormwater issues
  • Reducing flood risks

 


Stormwater Billing

 

 How is my Stormwater bill determined?

Stormwater fees are based on a property’s impervious surface area such as rooftops, gravel or paved driveways, parking lots, private sidewalks (not within the right of way).  The more impervious surfaces, the more stormwater runoff flows from the property into the storm drainage system. Homes with the least amount of impervious surface area pay the lowest Stormwater fee.

 

My tenant has the water account in their name, why is the Stormwater fee not on their bill?

The City’s Stormwater charter instructs us to assign the Stormwater fee to property owners specifically.  In the case where the property owner also holds the account we apply the Stormwater charge to the water bill.  Commercial properties are different in that the Stormwater charter allows us, in certain circumstances, to assign the Stormwater fee to the tenant.

 


Stormwater Fee for Tier 1, 2, and 3 for Fiscal Year 2020

Stormwater Fee Fiscal Year of July 1, 2019 to July 30, 2020

Tier

Impervious Surface

Monthly Fee

Tier 1 For impervious surfaces up to 2,000 square feet The monthly fee is $3.20
Tier 2 For impervious surfaces 2,001 to 4,000 square feet The monthly fee is $5.20
Tier 3 For impervious surfaces over 4,001 square feet The monthly fee is $7.03
Non-single family properties Monthly fee applies The monthly fee is $5.10 per ERU

 

Notice: Some accounts are billed bi-monthly and others semi-annually, but shown here as monthly fee for comparison.

 


Impervious Area

 

What is considered an impervious area?

Impervious surfaces are hard surfaces that do not allow rain to absorb into the ground.

 

What is not counted as an impervious area?

Areas covered with grass, trees, and gardens are not included when measuring impervious surface area.

 

How is the size of impervious area determined for my property?

Impervious surfaces are identified and measured using digital mapping and aerial photography supplied by the state for each parcel.

 


Updated 01/22/2020


 

Related Services

Stormwater Fees News

Rain person with umbrella
Flash Flood Watch cancelled as remnants of Ida moves through the mountains

  Update, 8:45 a.m. Sept. 1 A Flash Flood Watch issued by the National Weather Service for the Asheville area has been cancelled. No additional widespread hazards are expected with the remnants of Ida, which will depart the area today. There is still s 60% chance of rain in today’s forecast.   Update, 6:15 a.m. Sept. 1 All streets [...]

flood damage photo illustration
Flood damages? Info on dedicated call center and local resources

  As our local leaders are assessing the damage to Buncombe County in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Fred, Buncombe County Emergency Services is standing up a call center to connect residents to resources and information. To assist with disaster recovery, Buncombe County has activated a dedicated line for those impacted.   An Emergency Services Call Center is [...]

AFD water rescue
City of Asheville mobilizes to ensure safety during Tropical Storm Fred flooding

  As remnants of Tropical Storm Fred hit the Asheville area yesterday and into the night, many City of Asheville departments worked in coordination to keep the people of our community safe.  The City activated the emergency operations center early afternoon on Tuesday, Aug. 17, in order to best coordinate City efforts and to work in [...]