Stormwater Fee

What is a stormwater fee?

The storm water utility fee charge is the amount paid by a property owner for the storm water runoff that the parcel imposes on the City drainage system and the storm water management program. 

Why do I pay a stormwater fee?

In order to fully address unfunded federal and state mandates, the City of Spartanburg adopted a storm water utility fee in May of 2010. The fee will provide reliable and stable resources to adequately fund the City’s mandated storm water management program and help fund drainage improvement projects that will help to alleviate flooding problems and protect streams from erosion and sedimentation. 

How is the fee calculated?  

Residential properties are assessed based on the home footprint of the property. Properties with 1640 square feet or less will be billed $30 annually; properties over 1640 square feet will be billed $42. Residents will receive this bill via their annual tax notice with the charge listed in the “fees” line on the notice. 

Non-residential property fees are based on the amount of impervious area each property contains. Impervious is any surface that does not absorb runoff, such as roofs of buildings, asphalt or concrete surfaces. These properties are assessed a rate based on $30 per 2,000 square feet of impervious area.

How do I appeal the amount of my fee?

If you think an error has been made in the calculation of your parcel’s amount of impervious area, an appeal of the fee may be made by completing the storm water utility appeals form located on the right side of this page. You must submit the appeal to the Storm Water Manager within thirty (30) days of mailing or delivery of the notification of the fee. Or you can request an appeal form by calling the Storm Water Utility Fee information line at (864) 562-4510.