Facility Capacity Fees
Facility Capacity Fees
The basic economic philosophy behind facility capacity fees (FCFs) is that the costs of providing water service should be paid for by those that benefit from the service. To achieve this, new connectors will typically pay for a share of expanded and existing facilities based on the proportion of the facility that will serve new growth, providing equity with existing customers.
Current Facility Capacity Fees
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- Regional/Distribution Facility Capacity Fees
Regional/Distribution Facility Capacity Fees (FCFs) are fees collected at the time new development occurs within a publicly owned water system to recover the appropriate growth-related costs for facilities built to serve future water users. Regional/Distribution Facility Capacity Fees (FCFs) are based on the water service area the project is located in and the water meter size.
Below are links to the current Regional/Distribution FCF Rates:
- 2020 Facility Capacity Fee Study
- Information Sheet: Facility Capacity Fees
This includes general information on FCFs as well as details on a settlement with the Los Angeles/Ventura Chapter of the Building Industry Association of Southern California, Inc. (BIA). The Settlement and Release Agreement is included in this document.
- Plan Checks for FCF Process
SCV Water does not have an over-the-counter review of plans for FCFs. Please email your plans in a PDF format to Mona Restivo.
After a review of the plans, an assessment will be made for the Regional FCF/FCC and the Distribution FCF. You will receive an invoice of the FCF or confirmation that no fee is required. After receiving payment (if required) SCV Water will issue a Certificate of Compliance, which you will take to the city or county. Receiving your Certificate of Compliance is by appointment only.
All FCF payments are by check only, made payable to Santa Clarita Valley Water Agency.
If emailing is not possible, you may drop off (by appointment only) a set of the plans here:
SCV Water - Engineering
26515 Summit Circle
Santa Clarita, CA 91350
Appointments are required. Plans will remain with SCV Water and cannot be returned.
Please follow all applicable guidelines:
- Obtaining a Clearance
When applying for a permit from the City of Santa Clarita or from the County of Los Angeles, you will be given an Agency Referral List as part of the permitting/plan-check process. When SCV Water is included as an agency to be cleared, you will need to contact:
Appointments are required for all FCF/FCC business, including dropping off payment and picking up certificates of compliance.
- FCF New Development Guidelines
If your residential, commercial, or industrial project requires constructing private and public facilities before service connections, this information will help you acquire water and recycled water (if available) service connections from existing or to-be constructed (public) SCV Water facilities.
Below are links for FCF New Development Guidelines* and procedures in obtaining a certificate of compliance. Please read and follow the Guidelines:
- Guidelines for New Residential Developments – March 2021
- Guidelines for New Commercial Developments - March 2021
- 2021 Address Sequence Sheet samples (Excel)
Note: The Guidelines on this page are not intended to be all-inclusive and are subject to change without notice.
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