Impact and Connection Fees

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Dorchester County Water & Sewer imposes a connection fee and an impact fee on each residential or commercial unit. The connection fees are based on the size of the sewer tap or the size of the water meter. The impact fees are based on Equivalent Residential Units (ERU).

In most cases the developer of a property pays the impact fees directly to our Engineering division when a phase is submitted. In other areas the individual pays the impact fees once the service is requested and approved by County Council. This is the case when the Department installs water and/or sewer lines in an area that is already developed.

If paying the fees to the Engineering division, the fees must be paid in full at their specified time. If the fees are being paid to the Billing division, the Department offers a finance agreement. The property owners would come into the office and agree to pay the fees in a certain number of months. We can finance up to 60 months. This service is interest free but you will have to pay an additional $45 plus the applicable origination fees per service in order to start the finance agreement.

Sewer Impact and Connection Fees

Impact Fee

Sewer Impact Fee: $2,600 per ERU 

Connection Fees

4" Tap: $1,145

Over 4": $3,435 for up to 24 units plus $100 per each additional unit

Water Impact Connection Fees

Impact Fee

Water Impact Fee: $690.00 per ERU

Connection Fees

Meter Size Fee
3/4" meter $800
1" meter $1,200
1 1/2" meter $3,000
2" meter $4,000
3" meter $8,000
4" meter $14,000
6" meter $16,000
8" meter $20,000
10" meter $28,000
12" meter $34,000