User Fee

Each utility (Water, Sewer, Sanitation, and Stormwater Drainage System) has a dedicated Enterprise Fund where the revenue collected from monthly utility bills and awarded projects/grants are deposited and programmed to fund operations and capital improvements.

Adjustments for all utility service fees are based on operation and maintenance costs and planned capital improvements and are established by resolution of the City Council. The City evaluates utility service fees based on operation and maintenance costs and planned capital improvements and uses that information to proposes rate adjustments, if any, to City Council for adoption.

Resolution 2023-50 (Effective January 1, 2024)

Starting January 1, 2024, user fees for Stormwater Drainage System Services including, but not limited to, inspections, cleaning, repair, and replacement of underground infrastructure, surface drainage/infiltration (ditches, swales, etc.), existing inlets, and culverts in the stormwater drainage system will be included on your monthly utility bill.

User fee billed to Residential properties, per month:

Description Fee per month*
Service Area 1 fee per ERU$7.40 
(click here for an example bill)
Service Area 1 fee per ERU – Utility Assistance Program $5.54 
(click here for an example bill)
Service Area 2 fee per ERU$5.70
(click here for an example bill)
Service Area 2 fee per ERU – Utility Assistance Program$4.04
(click here for an example bill)

*For Single Family Residence only. All other Residential Property monthly fees are further defined in the Stormwater Drainage System Utility Fee Structure & Credit Policy (PDF).


User fee billed to Commercial properties, per month:

Description Fee per month*
Service Area 1 fee per ERU$7.40
Service Area 2 fee per ERU$5.70

*The total Impervious Surface Area (ISA) determines the number of Equivalent Residential Units (ERUs) billed per month. Commercial Property monthly fees are further defined in the Stormwater Drainage System Utility Fee Structure & Credit Policy (PDF).

Read on for information on how your monthly user fee is determined, what you can do to reduce your monthly user fee, how to file an appeal, and an interactive timeline of the utility's public education and outreach in 2023!

How is my monthly user fee determined?

Based on the Stormwater User Fee Study, user fees are billed based on the total number of Equivalent Residential Units (ERUs) of Impervious Surface Area (ISA) on a property, the Service Area your property is located, and whether your property is Residential or Commercial

You can find which Service Area your property is located in by entering your address in the interactive the interactive Stormwater Drainage System Utility Service Area Reference map.

All properties within the Service Areas are classified as either "Residential" or "Commercial":

Residential Property - Single Family Residence, Multi-Residential (Duplexes, Triplexes, and Fourplexes), Mobile Home Parks, Condominiums, Condominium Associations, and Home Occupations (as defined by City Code Chapter 37, Article VI).

Commercial Property - All mercantile establishments, stores, offices, public buildings, governmental agencies, public and private hospitals, schools, churches, other commercial enterprises, mercantile establishments combined with residences (not including Home Occupations as defined by City Code Chapter 37, Article VI), and dwellings larger than a fourplex.

What can I do to reduce my monthly user fee?

Type of PropertyEligible for Credit?Eligible for Waiver?
ResidentialNo.Yes, upon meeting and maintaining the criteria outlined in the Stormwater Drainage System Utility Fee Structure & Credit Policy (PDF)
CommercialYes, upon meeting and maintaining the criteria outlined in the Stormwater Drainage System Utility Fee Structure & Credit Policy (PDF) Yes, upon meeting and maintaining the criteria outlined in the Stormwater Drainage System Utility Fee Structure & Credit Policy (PDF)

Submit a User Fee Recalculation Application

After carefully reading the Stormwater Drainage System Utility Fee Structure & Credit Policy (PDF), do you believe your property meets the eligibility criteria for a credit or waiver? If so, follow these next steps:

  1. Gather site-specific information demonstrating how your property meets the criteria and use that information to fill out a User Fee Recalculation Application (PDF).
  2. Complete applications must have the following sections filled out: 
    1. Applicant - Contact Information 
    2. Property Owner - Contact Information (if applicable)
    3. General Property Information
    4. Basis for Application with supporting, site-specific documentation attached
  3. Submit a complete application to Public Works by:
    • Emailing to dsu@cityoflewiston.org;
    • Delivering to 215 D Street, Lewiston, ID 83501; or
    • Mailing to PO Box 617, Lewiston, ID 83501

Starting January 1, 2024, incomplete applications will not be accepted for review and will be returned to you.

Apply to the Utility Assistance Program (also known as "Circuit Breaker")

For qualified applicants, this program reduces property taxes by the total household income for the previous year. This program is facilitated locally by the Nez Perce County Assessor's office but applications are available at the Utility Billing counter at City Hall. 

The application window runs from January 2, 2024 to April 15, 2024.

You can learn more about the program by visiting the Assessor's Office page on the Nez Perce County website, contacting the Assessor's Office by phone at 208-799-3011, by fax at 208-799-3037, or in-person at the Nez Perce County Courthouse at 1230 Main Street in Lewiston, ID 83501.

How do I file an appeal?

A completed Stormwater Drainage System Utility - User Fee Appeal Form (PDF) along with the the current appeal fee, adopted by resolution of the City Council, must be filed with the City Clerk to initiate the appeal process.

For more information on the appeal process, please see Section Five of the Stormwater Drainage System Utility Fee Structure & Credit Policy (PDF).


Resolution 2023-41 (Effective October 1, 2023)

Description Fee
Fee to appeal a written order or decision of the Public Work's Department$200.00

A Brief History of the Stormwater Drainage System Utility

If you have any questions or experience difficulties accessing any of the embedded hyperlinks, please contact us at dsu@cityoflewiston.org.