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Sewer Fees

Fees for work on sewers within the Novato Sanitary District are provided in Section 709 of Sewer Ordinance #70. They are also provided in the NSD Fees and Charges table.

This section is provided here as a courtesy. To view the entire ordinance, go to Sewer Use Regulations.

Novato Sanitary District
Sewer Ordinance #70 Sec. 709.
Sewer Permit and Inspection Fees.

Permit and inspection fees are hereby established as follows:

(a) Single-Family Dwellings and Trailer Courts.
A fee of Forty Dollars ($40.00) shall be paid for issuance of a permit and inspection of each single-family dwelling building and/or lateral sewer installation. A fee of Twenty Dollars ($20.00) shall be paid for issuance of a permit and inspection of building and/or lateral sewers for each space in a trailer court, or for each single-family dwelling unit in developments where more than one (1) building is permitted to be connected to a common side sewer as provided in Section 504 of this Ordinance, with a minimum fee of Sixty Dollars ($60.00) for each building and/or lateral sewer constructed.

(b) Multiple-Family Dwellings, Commercial, Industrial, Church, School, Public and Other Users.
A fee of Sixty Dollars ($60.00) shall be paid for issuance of a permit and inspection for each building and/or lateral sewer installation serving multiple-family dwellings, commercial, industrial, church, school, public and other users.

(c) Alteration or Repair of Existing Side Sewers.
A fee of Forty Dollars ($40.00) shall be paid for issuance of a permit and inspection of any work adding to or extending an existing side sewer. In the case of connections of other than single or multiple-family dwellings, when modifications are made in existing buildings increasing the number of plumbing fixtures connected, but not involving work on the existing side sewer, a fee shall be paid for the issuance of a permit for these modifications based on the added plumbing fixture units, as follows:

Fixture Units Added Permit Fee

1 to 20 $25.00
21 to 40 $35.00
41 up $45.00

A fee of Fifteen Dollars ($15.00) shall be paid for issuance of a permit and inspection of any repair work done on an existing side sewer.

(d) Saddle or Manhole Connections.
In addition to other permit and inspection fees required herein, a fee of Twenty Dollars ($20.00) shall be paid for the inspection of a saddle, wye or tee connection to an existing main sewer or the connection of a lateral sewer to an existing manhole.

(e) Public Sewers.
A fee based on a percentage of the amount estimated by the Manager-Engineer to be the cost of construction of public sewers, laterals, and other public sewerage facilities shall be paid to the District for reviewing plans and specifications, issuing a permit, and inspecting the installation of said facilities, as follows:

Estimated Cost of Sewerage Facilities Plan Checking and
to be Constructed Permit & Inspection Fees

  • Less than $75,000 3% of estimated cost.

  • $75,000 and up 3% for first $75,000 of
    estimated cost, plus 2%
    of the estimated cost
    over $75,000.

  • The minimum fee for this purpose shall be One Hundred Dollars ($100.00).

A plan review fee of One Hundred Dollars ($100.00) shall be paid when plans are presented to the District for review. Said fee shall be credited against the fees hereinabove provided upon issuance of a permit for public sewer construction. In the event that a permit is not issued, the fee shall be retained by the District to reimburse its plan review costs.

(f) Overtime Inspections.
Persons requesting inspections of side sewers or public sewers at any time other than the regular working hours of the District shall make such request in writing at least twenty-four (24) hours in advance and shall pay an additional inspection fee equal to the required inspection hours multiplied by the District Inspector's overtime salary rate, plus an overhead and supervision charge calculated at one hundred (100) percent of the Inspector's straight-time salary for the time involved. The minimum fee for this service shall be based on two (2) hours' inspection time.

(g) Renewal or Extension of Permit.
Whenever a permit for sewer installation expires, as provided in Section 721 of this Ordinance, an additional fee of Twenty-five Dollars ($25.00) shall be paid for the issuance of a new permit for said installation. In the event that an extension of time is granted to complete work under a public sewer extension permit, an additional fee of One Hundred Dollars ($100.00) shall be paid for the renewal or extension of said public sewer permit.


Sec. 710.
Collector and Trunk Sewer Charges.

(a) Collector Sewer Charge.
In addition to any other fees and charges established by the ordinances, rules and regulations of the District, there shall be collected, prior to connection to the sanitary sewerage system of the District, a Collector Sewer Charge to be paid by persons desiring to connect a side sewer directly to an existing main sewer of the District which was installed without direct or indirect cost to the connecting property with respect to its use as a collector sewer, which charge shall be based upon the required size of connecting side sewer, as follows:

Size of Side Sewer Amount of Charge

4 inch $1,000.00
6 inch 2,000.00
8 inch 3,000.00

Provided, however, that in the event the connecting property is within a Special Benefit Zone in which a Special Equalization Charge for collector sewers has been established by the District Board in accordance with Section 707 of this Ordinance, the Special Equalization Charge for collector sewers so established shall be paid in lieu of the Collector Sewer Charge herein provided.

(b) Trunk Sewer Charge.
A portion of the Connection Charge, levied pursuant to Section 708 of this Ordinance, shall be considered a Trunk Sewer Charge. Said Trunk Sewer Charge, amounting to Twenty Dollars ($20.00) per family unit, shall be paid by all persons connecting to the public sewer system and shall be deposited in the Oversize Reimbursement Fund of the District to partially reimburse installers of oversize sewers in accordance with Section 614 of this Ordinance. Any amounts remaining in said Oversize Sewer Reimbursement Fund after annual reimbursement payments are made shall be transferred to the Capital Improvement Fund of the District.