Stormwater Utility

Maintenance and Inspection Program

Register your business for the City's Commercial Inspection Program!

The goal of the City’s Inspection Program is to protect and restore our local water resources by ensuring a high performance level from current and future stormwater systems. This effort can reduce flooding and polluted runoff from reaching our streams, rivers, wetlands and Puget Sound.

Without regular maintenance and inspection, your system can become compromised, allowing water to directly discharged into local streams without sediment and pollution control. An unmaintained system could cause flooding on your property and those around you, resulting in costly damage or loss.

See the City's Inspection and Maintenance Brochure for more details.

Stormwater Utility Rate Study

An enhanced level of service was adopted by City Council on October 18, 2022. An updated stormwater fee is planned for adoption for the 2023-24 budget cycle. Please check the City Council calendar for more details.

The City Council adopted new utility rates based on needs identified in the 2016 Storm and Surface Water Management Comprehensive Plan, NPDES permit requirements, capital improvement projects and ongoing operations. The rate will increase annually by 19% between 2018-2020, and 2% in subsequent years. A new rate structure based on Equivalent Service Units was implemented in 2019. Rates were re-evaluated in 2022.

Stormwater Utility Rates and System Development Charges

Refer to the City's latest Fee Schedule for the current rates.

2022 Stormwater Rates

Residential $396   
Non-residential $396 Per equivalent service unit (ESU)*

*One equivalent service unit (ESU) is equal to 3,500 square feet of impervious surface.


Surface Water Development Charge (21.03.050)
New residential dwelling unit or commercial building with up to 2,500 square feet of impervious coverage $2,085.00
Each additional 250 square feet of impervious coverage over 2,500 square feet $208.50
Other structures or additions of up to 250 square feet of impervious coverage requiring a building permit $208.50 + $208.50 for each additional 250 square feet
Surface Water Retention Locks $32.00 plus tax



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