City Of Houston

City of Houston Wastewater Impact Fee

May 10, 2024

Impact fees are paid to secure capacity for your development. The fee is based on the number of service units and the utility availability. Credits may be given for conversions or for the removal of existing development.

  • Wastewater: $1,703.73 per service unit
  • Water: $2,040.30 per service unit

Applications accepted as administratively complete prior to the close of business on Thursday, June 30, 2023, will be processed under the previous rate of $1,662.17 per service unit for wastewater and $1,658.56 per service unit for water.

Please note: wastewater and water impact fees are not refundable for any reason, including failure to obtain a building permit or failure to complete the project for any reason.

The minimum application fee is $62.66 plus an administration fee for the first acre, and $31.32 for each additional acre. If your proposed development of a structure is over 43,560 square feet the vacant land application fee scale will be used.

The fee for Site to Site Transfers is $313.30 per transfer and for Name Transfers is $12.53 per transfer.

Fee exemptions

Development of low or moderate-cost single-family housing is exempt from payment of impact fees. In order to qualify for this exemption, the house must be a single-family residence located within city limits having an initial purchase price as certified by the property owner that does not exceed the latest available 12-month listing for median price single-family housing in the city as published by the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University. 

In the event the initial purchase price exceeds this amount, the property owner making the certification shall pay the city the full amount of the impact fee as calculated under this section. If publication of the median price for single-family housing is discontinued by the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University, the mayor is authorized to select another publication to that lists the median price of single-family houses in the city.

Learn More about the City Of Houston Impact Fee Here: https://www.houstontx.gov/citysec/HPW/impactfeememo.pdf