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Commercial Stormwater Fees & Credits

Commercial Facility Stormwater Systems

Questions or concerns?  contact Tanya Strickland at 803 441-4246

The Stormwater Management department conducts inspections of existing stormwater devices (such as ponds, outfall pipes, vegetated or concrete ditches and associated piping, etc.) as part of our effort to protect water quality.   We compare the current condition of the system to the engineered drawing for it and assess whether they are actively being maintained as designed and approved.  The owner of the systems is contacted if any problems are found.  This is part of the Post Construction minimum control measures required under the city's small MS4 permit.  In 2014, the city will be implementing an enhanced tracking and inspection system for stormwater facilities located within the city.   For more information or if you have questions about your system, please contact us.

Commercial & Industrial Property Service Fees

Businesses typically have a much greater percentage of impervious area than residential properties. Therefore, a business customer's charge is determined by calculating the number of ERUs represented by a property. All business customers were placed into one of 14 categories of developed use. The number of ERUs is determined by the classified use, the associated "C" factor, and the number of acres of the property.

The following formula illustrates how the number of ERUs is derived for each non-residential property:

# ERUs = "c"XNumber of Acres in Property
0.350.33 Acres/ERU

 The following table provides the land use classifications, their corresponding "C" factors, and the resulting # of ERUs per acre: 

Land Use Classification
Runoff Coefficient
ERU's per Acre
Industrial and Manufacturing
0.42
3.64
School
0.52
4.50
Nursing Home & Assisted Living
0.53
4.59
Auto Sales
0.54
4.68
Professional Office
0.61
5.28
Hotel/Motel
0.66
5.71
Retail & Professional Service
0.67
5.80
Church, Assembly or Funeral Home
0.75
6.49
Child Care
0.75
6.49
Shopping Center & Large Retail
0.76
6.58
Restaurant, Tavern, or Night Club
0.8
6.93
Self-Storage & Mini Warehouse
0.81
7.01
Gas Station & Convenience Store
0.83
7.19
Properties with 25% or less of impervious surface
1.00 on calculated impervious surface
8.66 per acre of impervious surface
 

Appeals - Non Residential Property

Where a property owner or customer can document that the ERU calculation for his property has been applied in error, the customer may appeal in the following manner:

An appeal, accompanied by a $10 per acre appeal review fee, should be filed in writing with the Stormwater Manager. The appeal fee shall be refunded if the result of the appeal is in favor of the appellant. The appeal should, if applicable, include a survey of the property prepared by a registered land surveyor or professional engineer containing information on the total property area, the impervious surface area, and any other features or conditions which influence the hydrologic response of the property. The manager will conduct a review of the appeal and provide a written response within 30 days.

Fee Credits - Non Residential Property

In cases where a non-residential property's impact on the City's stormwater drainage system is significantly limited or has been effectively reduced through specific controls, a service charge credit may be applicable. These credits and the credit application procedure are explained in the Stormwater Management Service Charge Credits Technical Manual.

To learn more about stormwater fees, you may contact:

Tom Zeaser, P.E.

Director of Engineering & Public Works

100 Georgia Avenue

North Augusta, SC  29861

803 441-4220

or

Tanya Strickland

Stormwater Manager 

100 Georgia Avenue

North Augusta, SC  29841

803 441-4246

 

 

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