What You Need to Know About DC Water's Proposed System Availability Fee and Its Impact on Your Development

Holland & Knight Program
March 15, 2016
8:30 AM - 9:30 AM ET
Holland & Knight
800 17th Street N.W.
Suite 1100
Washington, DC 20006

With a planned effective date of mid-April 2016, the District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority is proposing to implement a System Availability Fee (SAF) that will affect all new developments as well as renovation and redevelopment projects in the District. All developers and federal facilities applying for a Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA) construction permit will be assessed a SAF for new water and sewer connections as well as renovation or redevelopment projects. The SAF fee will be based upon the connection meter size, rather than water usage, in accordance with a set fee schedule. These SAFs are a one‐time fee assessed to a property owner of any premises, building or structure to recover the cost of system capacity servicing, all meter water service and sanitary sewer connections that result from renovation or redevelopment projects that require an upsized meter service connection to the District's potable water system. In many cases, these SAFs could be quite substantial with a maximum fee of $800K for any development using a 6 inch or larger meter.

Holland & Knight invites you to join us for this breakfast seminar where our presenters will provide valuable insights regarding DC Water's proposed SAFs and the possible impact to developers in the District. A question-and-answer session will follow this highly informative program. 

Discussion Topics

  • An overview of the proposed SAFs
  • What can you do to prepare for this to go into effect?
  • What can you do to minimize the impact of the new fees?


Norman M. "Chip" Glasgow Jr.  |  Partner, Holland & Knight
Amy L. Edwards  |  Partner, Holland & Knight
Janene D. Jackson  |  Senior Counsel, Holland & Knight

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