Stormwater Rates

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Single-Family Residential

The tiered rate structure reflects residential stormwater impacts by tying the fee for single-family residential properties to the impervious (built-upon) area on a lot, such as rooftops and driveways. In general, when impervious area increases, demand on the public stormwater drainage system also increases. The tiered rate plan assigns properties to one of three tiers based on the impervious square footage. Under this equitable approach, single-family residential properties with less impervious area will generally be charged less.

Tier Impervious Area
(square feet)
Single-Family Residential Rate
(A) 600-1,999 $1.50/month
(B) 2,000-2,899 $2.70/month
(C) 2,900 + $3.90/month
Note: There is no charge for properties with fewer than 600 square feet of impervious area.


Multi-Family Residential and Commercial

All other properties (multi-family residential and commercial) are charged the average rate of $2.70 per month for every Equivalent Residential Unit (ERU) on the property. One ERU is equal to 2,543 square feet.

Following is an example of a bill assessment for a commercial property with 50,000 square feet of impervious area.

  1. 50,000 sq ft / 2,543 sq ft = 19.66 ERUs
  2. 19.66 ERUs rounded up to 20 ERUs
  3. 20 ERUs x $2.70 per month = $54 per month for the stormwater fee.

Click the tier links in the table to view sample illustrations for both tier types.

Tier Illustration
Multi-Family Example 1
Commercial Example 2

The fee structure enables the City to make needed improvements to storm drainage infrastructure including stormwater inlets and pipes, culverts, open stream channel systems, and other public drainage ways. These improvements will further help protect surface water quality and minimize flood hazards within Greensboro. Read more about how money collected from the stormwater fee is spent.

Questions about your bill?
Read the Frequently Asked Questions about Stormwater Billing.

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