Connection Charges

Basin Area Rates

Pierce County collects sewer connection charges to help offset the impacts of new development on public sewer system infrastructure. Connection charges provide the funds needed to protect public health and the environment by keeping pace with growth.

Each charge is determined by multiplying the appropriate rate by the number of Residential Equivalent (RE) units discharged to the public sewer system. The rates below are effective as of February 1, 2021.

Connection Charge Map

Map of Pierce County sewer connection charges per residential equivalent (RE)(Click to Image to Enlarge)

2021 Area Basin Charge (Per Residential Equivalent)

 Basin Name
Area Charge
Usage Charge *
 American Lake Gardens/Tillicum
  $ 1,457
$22.71
 Brookdale
  $ 1,767
$24.11
 Brown's Point
  $ 1,434
$22.61
 Canyon
  $ 2,858
$29.07
 Cascadia (subject to future charges)
  $ 0
$0
 Chambers Creek Properties
  $ 538
$18.54
 DuPont
  $ 1,681
$23.73
 East Basin
  $ 3,718
$32.96
 Etloh
  $ 0   
$0
 Frederickson
  $ 3,063
$29.99
 Golden Given
  $ 1,236
$21.70
 Hylebos
  $ 1,871
$24.59
 Lakewood East
  $ 1,457
$22.71
 Lakewood West
  $ 3,193
$30.58
 Oakbrook
  $ 3,193
$30.58
 Parkland
  $ 1,641
$23.54
 Rainier Terrace
  $ 3,070
$30.02
 Spanaway
  $ 4,710
$37.47
 South Tacoma
  $ 1,496
$22.88
 Summit
  $ $ 2,279
$26.44
 University Place East
  $ 1,828
$24.39
 University Place West
  $ 538
$18.54
* Monthly usage charged to commercial customers participating in the Alternative Commercial Connection Charge Program described in PCC 13.04.077.

2021 Capacity Charge (Per Residential Equivalent)

Basin Capacity Charge
All other basin areas * $3,550
Cascadia $ 0
Etloh $ 15,515
* Capacity charge applies to the American Lake Gardens/Tillicum, Brookdale, Brown's Point, Chambers Creek Properties, DuPont, East Basin, Frederickson, Golden Given, Hylebos, Lakewood East, Lakewood West, Oakbrook, Parkland, Rainier Terrace, Spanaway, South Tacoma, University Place East and University Place West.

2019 Connection Charge Comparison

Sewer Service Provider Cost per RE
Renton $15,510*
Gig Harbor $9,640 - $14,460
Seattle $12,195*
Vancouver $12,690
Bonney Lake $11,606
Auburn $11,114*
Kent $11,114*
Kitsap County $4,796 - $9,315
 Olympia, Lacey and Tunwater (LOTT) $9,314
Sumner $8,205
Everett $4,892 - $7,172
Yelm $6,394
Pierce County $5,607**
Puyallup $4,880
Kelso $4,600
 Federal Way (Lakehaven) $3,789
Tacoma $3,250
* King County Capacity/Connection Charge is approximately $11,600 amortized over 15-years at $64.50/month
** Average over 19 basin areas per Residential Equivalent (excludes Cascadia and Etloh)
One Residential Equivalent (RE) is equal to 220 gallons per day

Connection charge comparison shows the average fees associated with connecting one household to sewers. Each charge is determined by multiplying the appropriate rate by the number of Residential Equivalent (RE) units discharged to the public sewer system. For Pierce County this includes the WWTP Capacity Charge and the Basin Area Charge. For other Sewer Service Providers this includes their equivalent fees. The listed fees do not include latecomer agreement costs, other permit costs, engineering, and construction costs that may be associated with the cost of connecting to sewers.
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