Central Marin Sanitation Agency

CMSA provides wastewater and biosolids treatment and disposal services for central Marin County. The wastewater treatment fees and charges are detailed below and based on the type of customer, and wastewater strength and volume.

PERMIT FEE

 Ordinance 2013-2

A permit fee is due when the permit application is submitted to CMSA. The purpose of this fee is to recover CMSA costs for application review, permit issuance, administration of the permit, and scheduled inspections to verify application information.

Class I Permit: Significant Industrial User, discharging

$435

Class I Permit: Significant Industrial User, zero discharge

$250

Class II Permit: Manufacturing, mass transit, and other facility, other than Class I or Class III

$300

Class III Permit: Business activity in a designated "Class III category" e.g., radiator repair

$150

Class IV Permit: Groundwater discharger, intermittent or continuous discharge

$370

Class IV Permit: Groundwater discharger, single discharge event

$200

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SAMPLING FEE

Ordinance 2013-2

The purpose of this fee (Note A) is to recover CMSA costs for sampling, lab fees, travel, equipment, labor or any other costs accrued by CMSA to complete sampling as required by this Sewer Use Ordinance, the waste discharge permit, or under directive of the General Manager to demonstrate compliance. Fees vary with the sampling performed.

 

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INDUSTRIAL MONITORING FEE 

Ordinance 2013-2, effective July 1, 2014.

Persons discharging contaminated groundwater to the sanitary sewers shall be subject to the industrial monitoring fees

Ground water flow charge per thousand gallons discharged

$4.35 per 1,000 gallons

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CAPACITY CHARGES

Ordinance 2013-2, effective July 1, 2015.

A regional capacity charge* shall be paid for each new sewer user connecting to a public sewer within or being served by one of CMSA’s member agencies. Such charge shall be collected by the Member Agency in the same manner in which the Member Agencies now collect their own local sewer connection fee.

 

Residential units, whether in single-family or multiple-family configuration.

Fee per service unit:

$5,665.47

 
 

Other new sewer user connections, including commercial, public agency, non-profit, and all others users, except industrial and high strength users. Per plumbing fixture unit, as defined in the UPC.

Residential fee per plumbing fixture unit*:

$354.09*

 
 

High Strength Users, including restaurants and bakeries. Per plumbing fixture unit, as defined in the UPC.

Commercial fee per plumbing fixture unit*:

$828.57*

 
 

New industrial structures and/or those new sewer users which, as determined by the Agency's General Manager, discharge special volumes or strengths of wastewater shall be charged a regional capacity charge established by Board action in each individual case.

 

*The minimum connection fee is $5,665.47 per connection.

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WASTE HAULER CHARGES

Ordinance 2013-2, effective July 1, 2015

A wastewater facilities use charge shall be paid by septage haulers, other trucks hauling chemical toilet and/or domestic strength water, and recreational vehicles discharging directly in the Agency's treatment and disposal facilities. The amount of such use charges is based on the Agency's current regional sewer service charges. (Service charge is $268.59 per service unit.)

Facility use charge

$83.30 per 1,000 gallons

Monitoring Fee

$15.00 per load

Recreational vehicles disposal fee:

$10.00

Charges for other tank truck wastes will be determined by the General Manager on a case-by-case basis.

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FATS, OIL AND GREASE (FOG) WASTE HAULER CHARGES

A wastewater facilities use charge shall be paid by haulers of fats, oils and grease (FOG) discharging directly into the Agency's treatment and disposal facilities.

Tipping Fee Schedule (effective January 1, 2016)

Tipping Fee Tiers (gallons/day)

Charge per Tier
($/gallon)

0 - 1,500

0.06

1,501 - 3,000

0.05

3,001 - 5,000

0.03

5,001 - 10,000

0.02

10,001 - 15,000

0.01

15,001+

No Charge

The Agency may also charge a Per Load Monitoring Fee to waste haulers to recover the actual cost of any required sample collection and analysis.

 

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Notes

A:  Fees are based on CMSA labor, administrative, and analytical costs of sampling

B:  Fees are based on CMSA labor and administrative costs for inspection.

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