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Stormwater Utility Fee

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Stormwater Rates

The monthly stormwater service charge is based on impervious surface coverage, and is set at $5.62 per Equivalent Residential Unit (ERU).  Impervious surface coverage is defined by the City of Bend as: A hard surface area that either prevents or retards the entry of water into the soil mantle.

Common impervious surfaces include: building roofs, walkways, patios, driveways, parking lots, concrete or asphalt paving, gravel roads, and packed earthen materials. One ERU is equivalent to 3,800 square feet of impervious surface coverage, which is the average amount of impervious surface for a single family residence in Bend.

Appealing Stormwater Fees

If you feel that the impervious surface coverage, as calculated per the definition above, for your site is incorrect, the City has developed an appeals process. Please see the links below for information, instructions and forms to start the process. Requests for a map showing the impervious surface designation for your site can be made by contacting Wendy Edde at 541-317-3018 and providing your contact information, account number and, if available, your tax lot number.

Stormwater Credit and Appeal Forms and information:


The History of Stormwater Utility Fees in Bend, Oregon

On June 20, 2007, the City Council approved a $4.00 per equivalent residential unit (ERU) service charge for the new stormwater utility. The charge took effect July 1, 2007 and is designed to cover the cost of stormwater services. The fee was increased to $5.00/ERU in July 2015 and $5.30 in July 2017.  The rate was again increased in July 2018 to $5.46 and in July 2019 to $5.62.

Stormwater Utility Fee Citizens' Task Force (CTF)

The Citizen's Stormwater Utility Fee Task Force (CTF) was created to provide public input on the formation of the stormwater utility fee. The CTF has successfully completed its mission. You may view CTF issue papers, meeting minutes and CTF's final presentation to City Council by clicking on the links below.

CTF Meeting Archives

June 6, 2007

May 18, 2007

April 13, 2007

March 23, 2007

March 16, 2007

Feb 23.2007


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