2016 Rate Change
ANY APPLICATION RECEIVED AFTER JANUARY 1, 2016 IS SUBJECT TO A CONNECTION FEE RATE OF $2.98 / GALLONS PER DAY.
The Purpose of the Sewer Connection Fee
Since the ratepayers and municipalities have invested large sums of money to construct the PVSC treatment works, it is necessary that new projects seeking to expand the service base pay a proportionate share of this investment in the form of a Connection Fee. For the most part, Connection fees are a one-time fee for PVSC’s consent to discharge wastewater to the PVSC treatment works. The physical connection is almost always made to the municipally-owned sewer line, and not directly into any PVSC-owned line.
In Most Instances, A Sewer Connection Fee Is Due To PVSC When:
- Any new physical connection to a sewer eventually conveying wastewater to PVSC is going to be made.
- There is a proposed change in the use, operation, or increased discharge intensity from an existing connection, even though a new connection is not made.
How can I contact the PVSC Connection Unit?
Tel: 973-817-5706 Fax: 973-466-2712 or by Mail to:
Passaic Valley Sewerage Commission
600 Wilson Avenue
Newark, NJ 07105
Attn: Connections Unit, ICB
You can also visit the project’s municipality and inquire as to the day and time the PVSC Inspector visits that location each week. Please call the number above to learn of an Inspector’s visit to each district municipality.
Connections Unit Supervisor Frank Grant may be e-mailed at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Are all applications to PVSC chargeable? Will I be charged simply for applying to the Commission?
No, historically only 1 in 4 projects result in assessed charges. Unit Inspectors review a wide range of documents to get a clear understanding of how each and every project will impact the PVSC treatment works. The files are reviewed uniformly in all of the municipalities (and the PA NY/NJ) in the PVSC district; however, Inspectors may request different verifying documents depending on the project.
What are the Applicable PVSC Regulations?
See PVSC Rules and Regulations Sections 202.1, 201.2, 602.6 and 602.7. Simply click on the link immediately following and proceed to each Section.
How are the fees calculated?
Every new, changed or increased discharge via a connection made to the local sewer system which conveys wastewater to PVSC will require the applicant to file an application for a PVSC connection approval. When applicable, there is a $250.00 Administrative Fee as well as a Connection Fee for the average amount of flow to be discharged from the project. The assigned flows per type of activity are listed at N.J.A.C. 7:14A-23.3 - Projected Flow Criteria, for projects that require a connection fee. These fees and criteria are outlined in the PVSC Sewer Connection Application. Upon verification, credit for existing use may be applied to all projects actively generating wastewater into the PVSC system. Projects deemed vacant, abandoned or those which have not generated a discharge to the treatment works in the last 5 years do not qualify for credit. Any time credit is requested the PVSC Inspector must be presented with verification documents, or credit will not be approved.
How can I obtain a copy of the Application?
Contact the PVSC Inspector at the municipality in which the project is located, and arrange to meet him/her at that Construction Code Office/ Building Department. Alternately, you can use the fillable/printable online application at the link immediately following, then clicking (at the right of the screen) on PVSC “Application & Calculation Form 2016.pdf.” http://www.nj.gov/pvsc/what/connect/
What do I have to include in my application?
Guidance is listed on the form entitled "Sewer Connection Submittal Requirement Checklist," which is page 1 of the Connection Application Calculate. Each Inspector can also advise as to the extent of verification paperwork needed.
How can I apply for an NJDEP Treatment Works Approval (TWA) with the PVSC's Connections Unit?
TWA forms apply when a project will exceed 8,000 gallons per day of discharged wastewater, along with other criteria. Please e-mail the Unit Supervisor Frank Grant at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com and he will provide further instructions on how to submit TWA applications and all documents needed (digital submission of the TWA document is highly preferred). PVSC does not accept original TWA documents.
How do I go about paying the fee?
The fastest and least time-consuming option is a wire transfer. This option is safe. PVSC will provide its General Account Number and ABA number, and will never ask for your personal banking information. Payment by check or money order is another option. Check or Money Order should be made payable to "Passaic Valley Sewerage Commission" or "PVSC," and should be submitted along with your completed application and checklist. Any check or money order will carry a 14 calendar-day clearance time, whereas a wire transfer usually carries only a 1 business-day clearance. It is very important to write the Project Name and/or File Number (when available) on the check or wire transfer paperwork, or reference either in the check MEMO line. Doing so saves time and speeds the process.
Never send PVSC a payment without first obtaining a File Number and Invoice. Unless there is a payment agreement, the amount remitted must be exactly as shown on the invoice. Cash is never accepted. Credit Card payments are not an option at this time.
NOTE: Any check returned for insufficient funds will carry with it an additional $25.00 fee and the newly assigned amount MUST then be reconciled via wire transfer of funds, not with another check.
How long does it take to receive a letter to proceed?
So long as the applicant has provided PVSC, or worked with the Inspector to obtain all requested information, a typical application should take no more than one to two weeks to process.
What happens if I fail to comply?
PVSC will not sign off on the project. Without a PVSC endorsement, neither a Construction Permit nor a Certificate of Occupancy (CO) will be granted by the municipality or agency. Once all of the PVSC requirements are met a copy of the letter or a release from PVSC is presented to the local Construction Code Official or equivalent. Any instances of non-compliance will be subject to enforcement under PVSC's Rules & Regulations.