What are water and sewer demand fees, and why do I have to pay them?

Demand fees, also known as connection fees, are one-time fees charged to new users (or existing users increasing capacity) connecting to Santa Rosa’s Water, Wastewater and/or Recycled Water systems.   Demand fees recover the costs associated with providing water and sewer facility capacity to new users and existing users requiring additional capacity.  Currently, Santa Rosa’s demand fees are calculated using the type of use of the project (residential or non-residential) and based upon past investments and future anticipated investments into the Water and/or sewer infrastructure. Please see the following link: https://srcity.org/2292/Demand-Fees

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1. What are water and sewer demand fees, and why do I have to pay them?
2. Do I have to pay demand fees for an Accessory Dwelling Unit?
3. How do I apply for a permit to install property side water and/or sewer plumbing?
4. How do I get City water or sewer if my parcel is in County jurisdiction?
5. How do I know if my project will need fire sprinklers?
6. What is the Water Demand Offset policy and how do I comply?
7. What is an Encroachment Permit?
8. What license of Contractor is required for water and sewer encroachment work?
9. How do I find Contractors by Class of License for estimates or to hire for work?
10. Why do I have to install a backflow device?
11. Why do I have to install a sewer cleanout near the street in the public right of way?
12. Why do I need an Encroachment Permit to install a new backflow device or a new sewer lateral cleanout?
13. Can I install a backflow device and/or sewer cleanout as an owner/builder or does installation require a licensed contractor?
14. How do I add a meter to my duplex, or second unit, for separate billing option (commonly referred to as a meter split)?
15. How do I get a hydrant flow test for my fire sprinkler calculations?
16. What is the South Park Sanitation District?
17. Why do I need to obtain a fire protection permit prior to encroachment permit issuance for commercial fire system?
18. How do I get a temporary construction meter?
19. What are the rules for paying large permit fees with cash?