City of Westminster, MD
Carroll County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Common Council of the City of Westminster as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
[Adopted 11-24-2008 by Ord. No. 795]
[1]
Editor's Note: Former Art. I, General Fees, adopted 12-8-2008 by Ord. No. 798, as amended, was repealed 6-29-2020 by Ord. No. 925. This ordinance also redesignated former Art. II as Art. I.
The Mayor and Common Council of Westminster hereby enacts and adopts the following fees, charges and costs relating to the utility services provided pursuant to Chapters 124 and 160 of the Westminster City Code.
A. 
Chapter 124, Sewers and Sewage.
(1) 
Section 124-3.1:
(a) 
Application for service: $50.
(b) 
Good cause waiver:
[1] 
More than five acres: $175.
[2] 
Less than five acres: $300.
(2) 
Section 124-12D, industrial waste permit: $500.
(3) 
Section 124-23, extension of service, review and approval of construction drawings:
(a) 
County: $1,000.
(b) 
City: $2,000.
(4) 
Section 124-24, Schedule of charges - sewer benefit assessment:
Type of Use
Amount of Assessment
Dwelling and Dwelling Units (including mobile homes)
Each single-family dwelling unit or the first unit in a multifamily dwelling unit as defined in Chapter 164 of this Code
$5,496
Each dwelling unit in a multifamily dwelling unit over and above the first unit:
1-bedroom or efficiency
$2,858
2-bedroom
$3,517
3-bedroom
$4,616
4-bedroom
$5,496
Industrial Manufacturing
Minimum (includes buildings containing up to 5,000 square feet total floor space)
$5,496
Next 10,000 square feet
$0.92 per square foot
Next 15,000 square feet
$0.84 per square foot
All over 30,000 square feet
$0.74 per square foot
Industrial Warehousing
Minimum (includes buildings containing up to 2,000 square feet total floor space)
$5,496
Next 3,000 square feet
$1.02 per square foot
Next 5,000 square feet
$0.84 per square foot
Next 20,000 square feet
$0.67 per square foot
All over 30,000 square feet
$0.46 per square foot
Schools and Colleges, including Dormitories (students and staff)
1 to 100 persons
$10,992
101 to 250 persons
$27,701
251 to 400 persons
$43,969
401 to 1,000 persons
$88,598
Each additional 400 persons or fraction thereof over 1,000
$38,780
Hospitals, Care Homes and Nursing Homes
1 to 20 beds
$8,794
21 to 60 beds
$21,985
Each additional bed over 60
$330
Hotels and Motels
1 to 10 rooms
$5,496
11 to 50 rooms
$13,850
Each additional bed over 50
$462
Commercial (retail, wholesale and business offices)
Minimum (includes buildings containing up to 5,000 square feet total floor space)
$5,496
Next 5,000 square feet
$0.92 per square foot
Next 10,000 square feet
$0.74 per square foot
All over 20,000 square feet
$0.56 per square foot
Existing structure converted to additional dwelling units, commercial units or business offices
$562, plus $0.74 per square foot
(5) 
Section 124-26B, Avondale Sewer Service Area special benefit assessment charge:
(a) 
Industrial and commercial: $1,200 per acre.
(b) 
Residential and agricultural: $600 per acre.
(6) 
Section 124-27B, Air Business Center drainage area special acreage assessment charge:
(a) 
Industrial: $1,400 per acre.
(b) 
Commercial: $1,100 per acre.
(c) 
Residential: $750 per acre.
(d) 
Agricultural: $550 per acre.
(7) 
Section 124-28A, connection charges: Minimum $1,500 or actual cost determined by Director of Public Works, whichever is greater.
(8) 
Section 124-29, Sewer charges: consist of fixed quarterly charge plus sewer usage charge.
[Added 4-13-2009 by Ord. No. 802; amended 5-11-2015 by Ord. No. 854; 5-9-2016 by Ord. No. 865]
(a) 
July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017:
[1] 
Fixed quarterly charge:
[a] 
Tier 1 rates.
Meter Size
(inches)
AWWA Meter
Equivalent
Inside City Sewer
Outside City Sewer
5/8
1.00
$26.16
$36.75
3/4
1.00
$26.16
$36.75
[b] 
Tier 2 rates.
Meter Size
(inches)
AWWA Meter
Equivalent
Inside City Sewer
Outside City Sewer
1
2.50
$65.40
$91.89
1 1/2
5.00
$130.80
$183.79
2
8.00
$209.27
$294.06
3
16.00
$418.55
$588.13
4
25.00
$653.99
$918.96
6
50.00
$1,307.97
$1,837.94
8
80.00
$2,092.73
$2,940.69
[2] 
Plus quarterly sewer usage charge (unit rate per 1,000 gallons):
Inside City
Outside City
$6.34
$9.48
(9) 
Section 124-30, Additional charges.
(a) 
Pretreatment: actual costs determined by Director of Public Works.
(b) 
Monitoring: actual costs determined by Director of Public Works.
(c) 
Discharge: actual costs determined by Director of Public Works.
(d) 
Permit applications: $50.
(e) 
Appeals: $50.
(f) 
Surcharge: $330 for each thousand pounds over limit.
Substance
Limit
(mg/l)
BOD5
220
TKN
20
TSS
250
TP
5
(g) 
Other fees: actual costs determined by Director of Public Works.
B. 
Chapter 160, Water.
Article I, Potable Water
(1) 
Section 160-2, Metered service: Consists of fixed quarterly charge plus water usage charge.
[Added 4-13-2009 by Ord. No. 802; amended 5-11-2015 by Ord. No. 854; 5-9-2016 by Ord. No. 865]
(a) 
July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017:
[1] 
Fixed quarterly charge:
[a] 
Tier 1 rates:
Meter Size
(inches)
AWWA Meter
Equivalent
Inside City Sewer
Outside City Sewer
5/8
1.00
$23.09
$24.71
3/4
1.00
$23.09
$24.71
[b] 
Tier 2 rates:
Meter Size
(inches)
AWWA Meter
Equivalent
Inside City Sewer
Outside City Sewer
1
2.50
$57.72
$61.78
1 1/2
5.00
$115.44
$123.57
2
8.00
$184.70
$197.71
3
16.00
$369.39
$395.41
4
25.00
$577.18
$617.83
6
50.00
$1,154.35
$1,235.66
8
80.00
$1,846.96
$1,977.06
[2] 
Plus quarterly water usage charge.
[a] 
Tier 1 rates (unit rate per 1,000 gallons):
Number of Gallons
Inside City`
Outside City
0 to 18,000
$3.92
$5.29
Over 18,000
$9.79
$13.24
[b] 
Tier 2 rates (unit rate per 1,000 gallons):
Inside City
Outside City
$5.29
$7.15
(2) 
Section 160-3, fire prevention:
Type
Rate Per Annum
3/4-inch connection
$150
1-inch connection
$200
2-inch connection
$250
4-inch connection
$600
6-inch connection
$1,000
8-inch connection
$1,200
10-inch connection
$1,600
Each fire hydrant
$200
Sprinkler systems per inch of inside diameter
$400
(3) 
Section 160-4, Flat-rate service and tank truck sales: Rates as established under § 160-2.
(4) 
Section 160-6A:
(a) 
Application for service: $50.
(b) 
Good cause waiver:
[1] 
Less than five acres: $175.
[2] 
More than five acres: $300.
(5) 
Section 160-7A, service connections, excluding meter costs size of service lines: Actual cost as determined by Director of Public Works.
Size of Service Line
(inches)
Charge
3/4
$800
1
$850
1 1/2
$900
2
$950
2 1/2
$1,000
3
$1,050
Greater than 3
Actual cost as determined by Director of Public Works
Owner installed
$0
(6) 
Section 160-8 Schedule of charges - special water benefit assessment:
Type of Use
Amount of Assessment
Dwelling and Dwelling Units (including mobile homes)
Each single-family dwelling unit or the first unit in a multifamily dwelling unit as defined in Chapter 164 of this Code
$5,244
Each dwelling unit in a multifamily dwelling unit over and above the first unit:
1-bedroom or efficiency
$2,797
2-bedroom
$3,846
3-bedroom
$4,544
4-bedroom
$5,768
Industrial Manufacturing
Minimum (includes buildings containing up to 5,000 square feet total floor space)
$5,244
Next 10,000 square feet
$0.90 per square foot
Next 15,000 square feet
$0.84 per square foot
All over 30,000 square feet
$0.77 per square foot
Industrial Warehousing
Minimum (includes buildings containing up to 2,000 square feet total floor space)
$5,244
Next 3,000 square feet
$1 per square foot
Next 5,000 square feet
$0.84 per square foot
Next 20,000 square feet
$0.69 per square foot
All over 30,000 square feet
$0.46 per square foot
Schools and Colleges, including Dormitories (students and staff)
1 to 100 persons
$12,061
101 to 250 persons
$28,492
251 to 400 persons
$45,622
401 to 1,000 persons
$91,243
Each additional 400 persons or fraction thereof over 1,000
$39,853
Hospitals, Care Homes and Nursing Homes
1 to 20 beds
$9,089
21 to 60 beds
$22,723
Each additional bed over 60
$307
Hotels and Motels
1 to 10 rooms
$5,244
11 to 50 rooms
$13,984
Each additional bed over 50
$437
Commercial (retail, wholesale and business offices)
Minimum (includes buildings containing up to 5,000 square feet total floor space)
$5,244
Next 5,000 square feet
$0.90 per square foot
Next 10,000 square feet
$0.77 per square foot
All over 20,000 square feet
$0.62 per square foot
Existing structure converted to additional dwelling units or business offices
$604, plus $0.82 per square foot
(7) 
Section 160-10, Main extensions, review and approval of construction drawings:
(a) 
County: $1,000.
(b) 
City: $2,000.
(8) 
Section 160-11, Meters:
(a) 
Meter size.
Size
(inches)
Fee
3/4
$300
1
$355
1 1/2
$600
2
$700
Greater than 2
Actual cost as determined by Director of Public Works
(b) 
Meter testing fee: $100.
(9) 
Section 160-12, Discontinuance of service:
(a) 
Nonpayment of bill: $100.
(b) 
All other reasons:
[1] 
Initial occasion: $300.
[2] 
Repeat occasions: $500.
(10) 
Section 160-14, allocation application: $250.
Article II, Reclaimed Water
§ 160-25. Rates, fees and charges:
[Added 1-9-2012 by Ord. No. 831; amended 5-9-2016 by Ord. No. 865]
(1)
Application for service: $25.
(2)
Extension of service, review and approval of construction drawings:
(a)
County: $500.
(b)
City: $1,000.
(3)
Reclaimed water charge, comprised of a fixed charge plus a reclaimed water quantity charge.
(a) 
Fixed quarterly charge:
Meter Size
(inches)
Inside City Sewer
Outside City Sewer
1
$53.08
$74.58
1 1/2
$106.16
$149.17
2
$169.85
$238.67
3
$339.70
$477.34
4
$530.79
$745.85
6
$1,061.58
$1,491.71
8
$1,698.53
$2,386.73
(b) 
Reclaimed water quantity charge (unit rate per 1,000 gallons):
Inside City
Outside City
$2.58
$3.85
This article constitutes the Utility Fee Ordinance as referenced in § 1-12A of the Westminster City Code and shall be known as the "Utility Fee Ordinance." For the purposes of this article, the term "fee" includes any fee, charge or cost authorized or referenced in Chapters 124 and 160 of the Westminster City Code, Article 23A and the Environment Article of the Annotated Code of Maryland.