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FY20 Stormwater Rate Changes

Stormwater Tiered Rate System – Effective October 1, 2019 upon City Council approval

Single-Family Properties

Effective October 1, 2019, upon City Council approval, the City of St. Petersburg will be implementing a tiered billing structure for stormwater rates for single-family properties. This new tiered structure will classify single-family properties into tiers, based on the square footage of impervious surface area (surfaces that water runs off), so that a property’s fee more accurately reflects its impact to our stormwater system.

Preliminary Single-Family Impervious Tiers and Rates
Billing Structure Minimum Impervious Surface Area Maximum Impervious Surface Area Preliminary Stormwater Billing Rate
Tier 1 1 sq. ft. 1,600 sq. ft. $4.99
Tier 2 1,601 sq. ft. 3,200 sq. ft. $9.93
Tier 3 3,201 sq. ft. 4,800 sq. ft. $15.59
Tier 4  4,801+ sq. ft.   $23.27

Non-Single-Family Properties

Non-single-family (commercial) properties will continue to be charged a fee based on the number of Single-Family Residential Units (SFRU’s) their impervious area represents. One SFRU is equal to the impervious surface area of a typical single-family property in the City, which has been determined to be 2,406 square feet of impervious surface area.

Example of SFRU Calculation (preliminary numbers):
1 SFRU =2,406 square feet of impervious surface area
Monthly rate per SFRU of $9.93 (preliminary, subject to change)
Commercial Property has 23,800 square feet of impervious surface
23,800 square feet of impervious surface area / 2,406 square feet per SFRU = 9.89 SFRU’s
9.89 SFRU’s x $9.93 = $98.21 monthly stormwater utility fee

Stormwater Utility Rates: Frequently Asked Questions

What is an Impervious Surface?

An impervious surface is any surface within a property that does not allow water to seep into the ground.

Impervious Surface Area

Roofing
Walkways/Driveways
Patios
Porches
Pavers

Not Impervious Surface Area

Grass
Dirt
Crushed Shells
Rock Beds
Landscaped Beds

Next Steps

Customers can view their property’s impervious surface area measurement in the Stormwater Review and Appeals Portal, which can be found in the box below. Through this portal, customers will be able to submit an appeal for reevaluation if they feel the property has been measured incorrectly.

If you have difficulty using the portal, please call 727-893-7280 or email stormwater.appeals@stpete.org for assistance. 

Stormwater Review and Appeals Portal

City Council conducts a first reading of the proposed rate ordinance on September 5, 2019 and considers the proposed rates for final adoption following a public hearing on September 19, 2019. Upon adoption, rates will become effective as of October 1, 2019. The adopted changes will be noted in your utility bill.

Public Hearing:
September 19, 2019 at 6 p.m.
Sunshine Center 
330 5th St. N

Rainwater Rebate Program

Starting October 1, 2019, upon City Council approval, a limited number of rebates will be available to utility customers who install rainwater catchment devices that help conserve water and reduce rainwater runoff. Find more information on the program HERE

Stormwater Management Utility Fee Credits

The City of St. Petersburg offers two stormwater fee credits (reduction in stormwater fee) to non-single family utility customers that minimize stormwater runoff or improve the quality of stormwater runoff through approved practices. Since the stormwater impervious surface area measurements have been updated as part of the stormwater rate study, existing credits will no longer be in effect. Properties that have previously taken advantage of stormwater credits will need to reapply for consideration. 

Who May Apply?

Non-single-family utility customers may apply. Single-family utility customers that are part of a larger common development or subdivision that has a privately-maintained stormwater facility permitted by Southwest Florida Water Management District may collectively apply. Eligible applicants include:

  • Commercial business properties
  • Multi-family unit properties
  • Industrial properties
  • Government properties
  • Condominiums/townhomes/traditional single-family home properties that all function off one metering system. Contact your homeowner or neighborhood association representative to collectively apply. Applications will not be accepted from an individual single-family property that is metered separately. 

Stormwater Management System Credit

Properties that operate and maintain onsite detention or retention stormwater management systems may receive a credit of up to 52% for reducing stormwater runoff impacts from the property to the City system. Application coming soon. Check this site for updates. 

Tidal Water Discharge Credit

Non-single-family properties that discharge stormwater runoff directly into Boca Ciega Bay or Tampa Bay may receive a credit of up to 52% for treating stormwater runoff to Outstanding Florida Waters criteria. Discharge to tidal waters cannot pass into or through City-maintained drainage systems. Application coming soon. Check this site for updates.

 

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