System Development Fees

The City of Brevard commissioned WR Martin to analyze their Water and Sewer System Development Fees (SDF) in accordance with a new law, the Public Water and Sewer System Development Fee Act (S.L. 2017-138), which clarifies a local government utility’s authority to assess upfront charges for water and sewer. The new law grants local government utilities specific authority to assess one type of upfront charge—a system development fee— with some legal limitations.

System Development Fees are defined as one-time charges assessed against new development to recover a proportional share of the costs of capital facilities constructed to provide service capacity for new customers connecting to the water and sewer systems. This analysis focused on reviewing the latest available fixed asset information and debt service costs as of June 30, 2017, to determine the cost of capacity for the City, and on developing other assumptions necessary to establish appropriate fee levels for different types of customers using the American Water Works Association System Buy In approach.

You can download the analysis report by using the top link on the right side of this page. You can then submit comments to the City by using the bottom link on the right. This form will be open for public comment for at least 45 days, per S.L. 2017-138. These comments will be submitted to the WR Martin for consideration of possible modifications or revisions. City Council will then hold a public hearing on the proposed system development fee schedule.