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Septic to Sewer Conversion Program

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The Bend City Council adopted amendments to the Bend Code on December 19, 2018, effective February 1, 2019, to establish the Citywide Septic to Sewer Conversion Program.

The program is the result of 18 months of work with the Septic to Sewer Advisory Committee and recommendations from the committee. The amendment to the Bend Code establishing the program can be found here - Bend Code.

This program allows residents to apply annually to the City of Bend to complete a sewer project in an area where properties are currently served by private onsite septic systems. The program is funded through utility rate revenues and allows residents to apply for $2.5M annually. Projects that are selected by committee ( one to three City Councilors, the City Engineer, the Engineering, Infrastructure and Planning Director, and the City Manager, or their designees) are referred to as Neighborhood Extension Projects (NEP).


The applications are based on the following criteria:

  1. Cost of the sewer extension project, including design;
  2. Total number of homes or properties to be connected to the public sewer system from the project;
  3. Whether other City construction projects are planned for the street identified in the application;
  4. The percentage of property owners who would be served by the neighborhood sewer extension project who have joined or signed onto the application;
  5. The age of existing septic systems that would be replaced by the proposed neighborhood sewer extension project and evidence of failing septic systems; and
  6. Other factors established by the City Manager.

The application process for the second phase of NEPs will close February 1, 2020. The application is found at the link below:

NEP Application 

Provided below is a reference guide on the program and the application process:

Septic to Sewer Reference Guide


Fees to connect to City sewer through the Septic to Sewer Conversation Program include a Connection Fee, System Development Charges (SDCs), associated permit costs, and private property construction costs. The City pays for the extension of sewer mains and laterals (stub-outs).

When a sewer main is installed and becomes active, property owners who received a stub-out from the project will receive a Notice of Operational Completion (NOC) in the mail. The NOC will explain that the property owner can connect to the sewer main and any list other specific conditions regarding Connection Fees.

Property owners who connect to sewer as part of a NEP will receive a 50% discount on the Connection Fee if the connection is made within 2 years of receiving the NOC.

Properties along the Southeast Interceptor (SEI) have already received stub-outs and NOCs were sent on March 15, 2019.


Neighborhood Extension Projects (NEP) & Related Capital Improvement Projects (CIP)

Southeast Interceptor (SEI) Stub-outs

Fees if Connected Within 2 Years of NOC

Fees if Connected Beyond 2 Years of NOC

Fees if connected on or before Mar 15, 2021

Fees if Connected after Mar 15, 2021

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System Development Charges (SDCs)





Private costs (including permits)

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Cost estimates are valid through June 30, 2020 and are subject to a 4% long range planning surcharge.


The City of Bend will provide a financial assistance program to pay for Connection Fees for those who qualify. An application will be available Spring 2020.

Options for qualifying homeowners to assist with System Development Charges and/or private costs of connecting to sewer are available below:


The first phase of the Neighborhood Extension Projects (NEP) was selected in 2019 and is anticipated to begin construction in Fall 2019. See details of the construction project - Desert Woods & NEP.


Upcoming Meeting:

  • None

Past Meetings:



  • Septic to Sewer

    • 1 What are the benefits of converting to City sewer?

    • 2 When will I be required to connect to City sewer?

    • 3 How are Neighborhood Extension Projects chosen?

    • 4 How much money is available for the Septic to Sewer Conversion Projects, and what can the money be used for?

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