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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
NEW ADU’S, up to 750 sq. ft., have no water or sewer demand fees, or separate meter requirement. Santa Rosa Water recommends installing a separate water meter as it has been shown that when a user pays their own bill, they tend to conserve more water. If an ADU meter is proposed, a meter and processing fee will be applied.
NEW ADU’S, over 750 sq. ft., will be required to pay water and sewer demand fees and will be required to install separate water meter.
ADU CONVERSIONS, up to 1200 sq. ft., have no water or sewer demand fees, or separate meter requirement. Santa Rosa Water recommends installing a separate water meter as it has been shown that when a user pays their own bill, they tend to conserve more water. If an ADU meter is proposed, a meter and processing fee will be applied. Exception: ADU conversions that propose additional sq. ft. will be considered new, and subject to demand fees and separate meter requirement if the ADU exceeds 750 sq. ft.
Onsite plumbing is permitted through the Building Division of Planning and Economic Development. For more information: visit https://srcity.org/262/Building-Division (707) 543-3200, or email [email protected].
Allowance of City water and sewer connection to a parcel under County jurisdiction is dependent on the area of the parcel. A Utility Certificate or Annexation to the City may be required. To reach a City Planner for options, please contact [email protected] or see the following link: https://srcity.org/354/Planning-Division
Fire sprinkler requirement is assumed unless the project meets sprinkler exemption criteria. For more information please contact Santa Rosa Fire Department at [email protected] or visit their website at https://srcity.org/627/Administration
Encroachment Permits are required for any work in a public right of way or public utility easement. To find out more about Encroachment Permit requirements and how to apply, please see the following link: https://srcity.org/514/Encroachment-Permits. Please contact [email protected] with questions.
Water service lateral and meter plumbing work requires a Class A or Class C-34 Contractor.
Sewer lateral plumbing work requires a Class A or Class C-42 Contractor.
Water and sewer main plumbing work requires a Class A Contractor.
Search for California State Contractors by Class of License using the following websites:
California State Contractors Board: https://www.cslb.ca.gov/
North Coast Builders Exchange: https://ncbeonline.com/
Backflow devices are required with any proposed project that has the potential to cause contamination to the City water distribution system. Device requirements are posted in the City’s Water Design Standards: https://srcity.org/DocumentCenter/View/18370/Water-Design-Standards
Per City code 15-04.035, it is the responsibility of the user (property owner) to maintain the lateral from the City sewer main to the structure being served by City sewer. A sewer cleanout gives the City (at their discretion) the option to access the lateral to look for issues and/or provide maintenance on the section of lateral between this cleanout and the sewer main. The cleanout is installed per current City Standards (513/513A).
Backflow devices and sewer lateral cleanouts, although considered private, are typically situated within a public right of way or public utility easement.
Any work in the public right of way or within a public utility easement requires an encroachment permit.
Backflow devices and sewer lateral cleanouts can be installed by owner/builder, or contractor. Backflow devices must be tested by a Certified Backflow Tester upon installation. For a current list of Certified Backflow Testers, see list at the following link: https://srcity.org/993/Water-Quality
See the following link to instructions: https://www.srcity.org/DocumentCenter/View/14035/Meter-Split-Permit-Fees?bidId=
Please see the following link: https://srcity.org/DocumentCenter/View/8916/Fire-Flow-Testing-Brochure---September-2015-PDF?bidId=
For information on South Park Sanitation District, which is managed by Sonoma Water, please see the following link: https://www.sonomawater.org/spcsd
If your property is located within Santa Rosa City limits, but within the South Park Sanitation District (e.g., Roseland Annexation area), permits will be reviewed, and fees will be collected by City of Santa Rosa staff.
For more information regarding SPSD permits and fees for parcels within City of Santa Rosa jurisdiction, please contact SPSD at (707) 521-6215.
If your property is located outside of Santa Rosa City limits, your plans will be reviewed, and fees collected by Permit Sonoma.
For more information regarding SPSD permits and fees for parcels in County jurisdiction, please contact Permit Sonoma at (707) 565-1900, or visit their website at: http://sonomacounty.ca.gov/Permit-Sonoma/
As part of the fire protection permit review, lateral size, location of FDC, and public fire hydrant requirements are determined. Installing this infrastructure under an encroachment permit ahead of these determinations could result in costly changes to the applicant.
See the following link to our temporary meter brochure: https://srcity.org/DocumentCenter/View/8912/Temporary-Construction-Meter-Permit-Brochure-PDF?bidId=
Please see the following link to cash payment instructions: https://srcity.org/DocumentCenter/View/19834/Instructions-on-making-cannabis-permit-payment?bidId=