Permit Announcements

July 12, 2019

This is a reminder that Permit Review Fees increased in 2019, effective August 12, 2019.

In brief that means:

  1. Small Project Permit Review Fees will be $700 each instead of $300.
  2. Large Project Permit Reviews will be $10,000 each instead of $7,500.
  3. Review fees will be multiplied by the number of metered connections.
  4. All projects will be vetted at intake before a Review Fee is established:
    1. All plans will go to intake and if accepted you will receive an invoice.
    2. Only after intake generates an official invoice should the review fee be paid.
    3. A large project must be submitted with a base plan submission fee of $140 to initiate the intake review which culminates in invoice generation and then the permit review.
    4. A small project must also be submitted for intake review but currently the fee has not been established. Until it is implemented, no fee is required during submission of small projects.
    5. If rejected, a large plan can be resubmitted for a $75 fee.
    6. A rejected small plan will also need to be resubmitted but currently the fee has not been established. Until it is implemented, no fee is required during submission of small projects.
  5. The Permit review will not start until the review fee has been paid.

Regarding the base submission fee:

  • With the initial submission package include a check for $140 if it’s a large project and $0 if it is a small project. With a resubmission to intake, please include the resubmission fee of $75 for a large project. There is no fee for resubmission of a small project.
  • Small project base and resubmission fees are pending, until effective any project consisting of 10 or more small service connections will be subject to the large project base and resubmission fees of $140 and $75 respectively.

Regarding Hydrant Use Permits:

  • The revised fees for Hydrant use begin October 1, 2019. The hydrant use application and is intended to be completed primarily on line. The process will include a permit fee, a deposit for equipment issued, rental of issued equipment, and payment for water usage.
  • The location for picking up hydrant use meters and assemblies will change from 201 Bryant Street to the Fort Reno Office of DC Water at 3900 Donaldson Place, NW, Washington DC 20016.

June 28, 2019

Greetings, DC Water appreciates your past business with our Department of Permit Operations and we are reaching out today to communicate important information regarding permit review and processing fee increases that may impact your submissions.

The current permit review fees were established in 2013, since then redevelopment in the District has been prolific. Thus the number of permit applications has risen dramatically as well as the need for greater inter-agency coordination. This has increased the number of staff and the cost of providing permitting services.

In 2018, DC Water performed the latest Miscellaneous Fees and Charges Cost of Service Study and worked with an outside consultant to help ensure that the proposed fees are reasonable and generally represent the cost of providing the service. The notice of proposed rulemaking was published in the District Register on November 23, 2018. After public notice and review of comments the DC Water Board voted on February 7, 2019 by resolution advertise and adopt these new fees which become effective on June 3, 2019. Although the new Fees are effective implementation has been delayed until August 2019 to accommodate modifications to our accounting software.

In Summary, the base review fees have increased and there are some new features like:

  • Fees will be assessed on a per connection basis rather than a per project basis (i.e. 4 new metered services on one plan = 4 times the base fee).
  • Some new miscellaneous fees have been added to recover cost not previously billed, (i.e. easement and covenant creation, requests for information, execution of ProjectDox review and approval).
  • And, we are instituting some new hybrid fee categories to accommodate partial redevelopment (i.e. only doing a storm service or a fire service).

Because of the modifications, additions and permutations of fee types the table of new fees is very long. Therefore, we have put a simplified table of just permit review fees on our web site along with the adopted final rulemaking. You can find the PDF file here.

Fire Hydrant flow tests and use permits Old fee New Fee Standard New Fee Expedited Unit
         
Fire Hydrant Flow test        
·  Field Test $225 $300 N/A Each
·  Computer Model $0 $200 N/A Each
·  Recent Test Record Available 25 $125 N/A  
·  Letter in Lieu of Hydrant Flow Test $0 $125 N/A Each
         
Fire Hydrant Use        
·  Permit Fee $0 $75 N/A Each
·  3” Fire Hydrant Meter Deposit per rental $700 $1,600 N/A Each
·  3” Fire Hydrant Meter Rental < 15 days $0 $75 N/A Flat rate
·  3” Fire Hydrant Meter Rental =>15 days $0 $5 N/A Per day
·  3” Fire Hydrant Meter w/Backflow Preventer Deposit $0 $2,200 N/A Flat rate
·  3” Fire Hydrant Meter w/Backflow Preventer Rental < 15 days $0 $150 N/A Flat rate
·  3” Fire Hydrant Meter w/Backflow Preventer Rental => 15 days $0 $10 N/A Per day
·  5/8” Fire Hydrant Meter w/Backflow Preventer Deposit $700 $700 N/A Flat rate
·  5/8” Fire Hydrant Meter w/Backflow Preventer Rental < 15 days $0 $75 N/A Flat rate
·  5/8” Fire Hydrant Meter w/Backflow Preventer Rental => 15 days $0 $5 N/A Per day
·  Estimated Water Use from the hydrant Usage Based Usage Based N/A CCF
·  Private fire hydrant flush   $81 N/A Each

 

Small Plan Reviews - Domestic water service 2" or less
         
Residential SFU and Townhouses subject to the International Residential Code) Old fee New Fee Standard New Fee Expedited Unit
· Base plan submission fee $ - pending N/A Each
· Rejected plan resubmission fee $ - pending N/A Each
· Single Family Units (up to 50 Metered Connections) $300 or $7,500
if over 9 units
$700 $1,200 Each
· Townhouses (up to 50 metered connections) $300 or $7,500
if over 9 units
$700 $1,200 Each
· More than 50 SFU or Town Houses (for units 51 and above) $ - $350 $600 Each
· Approved Plan Revision none - resubmit the plan in appropriate category
· Raze/utility release letter no abandonments $ - $300 $500 Each
· Raze/utility release letter with abandonments $150 $700 $1,200 Each
· Sheet and Shoring N/A $1,000 $1,750 Each
· Water and Sewer Availability Letter N/A $125 $215 Each
· Alteration/Repair Project Dox signoff only - pending Pending  
         
Non-Residential, domestic water service tap 2" or less subject to the International building code Old fee New Fee Standard New Fee Expedited Unit
· Base plan submission fee - pending N/A Each
· Rejected plan resubmission fee - pending N/A Each
· small non-residential basic review fee (up to 4 metered connections) $2,500 $3,300 $5,800 Each
· small non-residential basic review fee (More than 4 metered connections) $2,500 $13,200 Plus a fee determined on a per project basis $23,000 Plus a fee determined on a per project basis Total
· small Hybrid (Domestic Water 2" or less, separate fire service greater that 2") non-residential basic review fee (up to 4 metered connections) $7,500 $5,000 $8,700 Each
· small Hybrid (Domestic Water 2" or less, separate fire service greater that 2") non-residential basic review fee (more than 4 metered connections) $7,500 $20,000 Plus a fee determined on a per project basis $34,800 Plus a fee determined on a per project basis Total
· Non-residential Sanitary or Combined Sewer Connection only 6" or less in diameter $300 $700 $1,200 Each
· Non-residential Storm Sewer connection only - less than 15" in Diameter $300 $700 $1,200 Each
· Non-Residential Fire Service only greater than 2" $7,500 $4,500 $7,800 Each
· Approved Plan Revision (for any reason) none - resubmit the plan in appropriate category
· Raze/utility release letter no abandonments $ - $300 $500 Each
· Raze/utility release letter with abandonments $150 $700 $1,200 Each
· Sheet and Shoring N/A $1,000 $1,750 Each
· Water and Sewer Availability Letter N/A $125 $215 Each
· Alteration/Repair Project Dox signoff only $ - pending pending  

 

Large Plan Reviews non-residential
with Domestic Water Service 3" or larger
Old fee New Fee Standard New Fee Expedited Unit
         
· Base plan submission fee $- $140 N/A Each
· Rejected plan resubmission fee $- $ 75 N/A Each
· Large Plan Basic permit review Fee (up to 4 metered connections) $7,500 $10,000 $17,400 Each
·Large Plan Basic permit review fee (more than 4 metered connections) $7,500 $40,000 Plus a fee determined on a
per project basis
$69,600 Plus a fee determined on a
per project basis
Total
· Sheet and Shoring $1,500 $6,500 $11,300 Each
· Large water meter size reduction Plan $1,000 $3,300 $5,800 Each
· Alteration/Repair Project Dox signoff only - $400 $700 Each
· Approved Plan Revision (for any Reason) $1,000 $1,000 $1,750 Each
· Water and Sewer Availability Letter $500 $500 $880 Each
· large foundation to grade only   1,000 N/A Each
· Non-residential Sanitary or Combined Sewer Connection only => 8" in diameter $7,500 $4,500 $7,800 Each
· Non-residential Storm Sewer connection only - greater than 15" in Diameter $7,500 $4,500 $7,800 Each
· Non-Residential Fire Service only greater than 2" in diameter $7,500 $4,500 $7,800 Each
· Raze/utility release letter no abandonments - $300 $500 Each
· Raze/utility release letter with abandonments $150 $700 1,200 Each
· temporary water connections 2,500 3,300 5,800 Each
· delayed abandonment waiver request $500 $500 $880 Each

 

Miscellaneous Fees Old fee New Fee Standard New Fee Expedited Unit
·Large Plan Excessive Submission Review
( in excess of 4 submissions)
$1,000 $2,400 $ 4,200 Each
· Small Non-Residential Plan excessive Submission review
(in excess of 4 submissions)
$- $600 $1,050 Each
· Residential Plan Excessive submission Review
(in excess of 4 submissions)
$- $360 $630 Each
· Request for information (RFI) from the Permit Operations Dept. $- $30 $60 Each
· Request for As-Built Drawings
(meeting at the Permit Operations Dept.)
$- $90 $150 per hour
· Water Meter Sizing Computation
(Assistance in preparation provided at Permit Ops)
$- $90 $150 per hour
· Processing of Easement Covenant $- $1,000 $1,750 Each
· Processing of Non-Standard Easement Covenant $- $5,000 $8,750 Each
· One Day Design Plan Review and Approval (Velocity Type Program) N/A $20,000 + Determined
on a per project Basis
Determined on a
per project Basis
Each

 

AS Built Fees Old Fee New Fee Standard New Fee Expedited Unit
Small service connections (domestic water 2" or less) $215     Total
· Small Residential service connections
(water tap and sewer)SFU or TH
$- $250 N/A Per Residence
· Small non-Residential service connections (water tap and sewer) $- $500 N/A Per Residence
· Small non-Residential w/ large Fire service (hybrid) $- $750 N/A Per Residence
         
large non-residential $215     Total
· Domestic water service 3" or larger $- $750 N/A Each
· Sewer service 8" or larger $- $750 N/A Each
· Fire service 3" and larger $- $750 N/A Each
         
New Public Water or Sewer Main $215     Total
· First 20 to 100 LF of either water or sewer $- $2,500 N/A Each
· Each additional 200 lf of water line $- $2,000 N/A Each
· Each addition 400 lf of sewer line $- $2,000 N/A Each
· Any Water line in excess of 24" in diameter $- Determined on a
per project Basis
N/A Total
· Any Sewer line in excess of 60" in diameter $- Determined on a
per project Basis
N/A Total

 

Finally, in the near future we will be moving to an online system for document submission and reviews and for online payments.

If you have any questions or concerns, please email email@dcwater.com or call 202-646-8600.