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Sewage Fee

Since 1993, The Cuyahoga County Board of Health (CCBH) has been committed to maintaining an effective Sewage Treatment System Operation and Management program, while keeping the annual permit cost to property owners as low as possible. Effective January 1, 2015, new statewide sewage regulations require local health departments to incorporate new categories within their fee structure in addition to revisiting fees that were in existence prior to the effective date of these new rules. These new fees became effective on July 1, 2015.

As you can see in the new fees below, a primary change in our fee structure is the inclusion of the new Gray Water Recycling Systems (GWRS) approved for the first time in state code. The other primary changes include the adoption of fees for a Point-of-Sale Inspection and a Nuisance / Non-compliance Inspection to account for specific program activities that were previously conducted under the Operation and Management Program.

Only a small number of fees have increased, including the Site Review, Variance Request and Operation and Management Permits for newer NPDES system designs that require extensive water sampling and laboratory analysis. These increases, like all of our fees, are directly based on statutory requirements and a detailed cost methodology evaluation that identifies the actual cost to perform these activities.

A number of our fees have decreased, including Sewage Treatment System Installation and Alteration Permits, as well as our various contractor registration fees. The majority of homeowners who utilize a sewage treatment system and currently pay an annual Operation and Management Permit fee of $70.00 will continue to pay the same amount without any increase.

A public hearing regarding these fees was held in the offices of the Cuyahoga County Board of Health on June 22, 2015 at 10:00 am. Please feel free to contact our office at (216)201-2000 with any questions or concerns you may have. Thank you.


                                                                                                           New 2015 Fee                Old Fee

STS INSTALLATION PERMIT                                                                         $325.00                     $400.00

STS ALTERATION PERMIT                                                                            $150.00                       $200.00

STS/GWRS ABANDONMENT                                                                          $100.00                       $100.00

HOUSEHOLD SEWAGE OPERATION & MANAGEMENT PERMIT                $70.00                         $70.00

HOUSEHOLD SEWAGE OPERATION & MANAGEMENT PERMIT (NPDES)   $170.00                   $150.00

SITE REVIEW (PER LOT)                                                                                $500.00                      $200.00

SITE REVIEW (SUBDIVISION/CONDITIONAL APPROVAL PER LOT)         $250.00                        $200.00

SITE REVIEW PLAN RESUBMITTAL FEE                                                      $150.00                        $75.00

VARIANCE REQUEST                                                                                    $500.00                        $250.00

CONTRACTOR REGISTRATION                                                                   $160.00                        $225.00

SEPTAGE HAULER VEHICLE PERMIT                                                            $50.00                         $50.00

ADMINISTRATIVE FEE (FOR LIENS)                                                              $20.00                        $20.00

STS POINT OF SALE INSPECTION                                                                 $225.00                        NEW

STS NUISANCE/NON-COMPLIANCE INSPECTION                                        $225.00                        NEW

NPDES RE-SAMPLE FEE                                                                                $100.00                        NEW

GWRS TYPE 1 INSTALLATION/SITE REVIEW                                               $115.00                        NEW

GWRS TYPE 1 ALTERATION                                                                          $55.00                          NEW

GWRS TYPE 2 INSTALLATION/SITE REVIEW                                               $185.00                        NEW

GWRS TYPE 2 ALTERATION                                                                         $90.00                          NEW

GWRS TYPE 3&4 INSTALLATION/SITE REVIEW                                          $235.00                        NEW

GWRS TYPE 3&4 ALTERATION                                                                    $115.00                        NEW