2017 Rate Change
ANY APPLICATION RECEIVED AFTER JANUARY 1, 2017 IS SUBJECT TO THE NEW CONNECTION FEE RATE OF $3.10 / GALLON PER DAY (GPD). Any application given a file number which was not paid by the invoice due date will be adjusted to the 2017 rate.
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. Connection fees are essentially a one-time fee for the ability to send waste water to the PVSC treatment works. When applicable, a physical connection is made to the municipality and never directly into any PVSC-owned line.
A Sewer Connection Fee Is Due To PVSC When:
- Any new physical connection to a municipal sewer 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. (PVSC Rules and Regulations (R&R) 602.6 & 602.7)
How can I contact the PVSC Connection Unit?
Tel: 973-817-5706 Fax: 973-466-2712 or
Contact your local construction official to determine the day and time that a PVSC Inspector will be available to assist you.
Mail: Passaic Valley Sewerage Commission
600 Wilson Avenue Newark, NJ 07105
Attn: Connections Unit, ICB
(Please include the PVSC Inspector's name and file number if available)
Do all applications to PVSC Result in a Connection Fee?
No, approximately only 1 in 4 files have any fees associated with them. PVSC Inspectors review a wide range of documents to get a clear understanding of how each project will impact the PVSC treatment works and their eligibility for credit. If a file is reviewed but results in no fees, PVSC will provide a letter endorsing the project to be presented to the local Construction Official.
Is this a new Rule?
No, section 602.6 and 602.7 of the R&R were included in the Public Hearing on Change 10 to the PVSC R&R on March 11, 1998 and became effective on June 18, 1998. Each municipality's Sewer Use Ordinance has subsequently adopted these R&R by reference.
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 be required to apply for a PVSC connection approval. There is a $250.00 Administrative Fee as well as a Connected Flow Fee for the projected amount of flow to be discharged from the project. The appropriate flows for each type of activity are listed under N.J.A.C. 7:14A-23.3 - Projected Flow Criteria. 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 WILL NOT qualify for credit. All applications for credit will be reviewed on a case by case basis in accordance with PVSC Section 602.6 (j).
How can I obtain a copy of the Application?
Contact the PVSC Inspector for the municipality in which the project is located, and arrange to meet them at that Construction Code Office/ Building Department. Alternately, you can print an online application located under the "More Information" section on the right side of this page. Or a fillable application can easily be found here: 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.
What is PVSC’s process for providing its consent for a Treatment Works Approval (TWA) Application?
Please contact or email Frank Grant (email@example.com) at (973) 817-5706 and he will offer further instructions on how to proceed.
How do I go about paying the fee?
- Please do not remit any payment without meeting with an inspector and receiving a PVSC file number and an invoice.
- Cash or Credit Card payments cannot be accepted.
- A Check or Money Order should be made payable to "Passaic Valley Sewerage Commission" or "PVSC,"
- A check or money order will carry a 14 business-day clearance time.
- A Wire Transfer is safe and will help to expedite your approval. Please contact PVSC for Wiring Instructions.
- A wire transfer takes 1-2 business days clearance.
- Any check returned for insufficient funds will carry with it an additional $25.00 processing fee. The new balance MUST be reconciled via Wire Transfer only.
- It is VERY IMPORTANT to note the PROJECT NAME and/or FILE NUMBER on the check or wire transfer’s paperwork as a reference in the check’s MEMO line.
How long does it take to receive a release or an endorsement letter to proceed?
A typical application should take approximately two weeks to process but will be held until the bank has cleared the check. If you have satisfied all other application requirements but need a quicker turn-around you should contact the PVSC Inspector to initiate a wire transfer.
Once I have paid how can I obtain a copy of the Release?
Contact the PVSC Inspector either by phone or email to arrange a copy of your release.
What happens if I fail to comply?
A PVSC Inspector will not sign off on your 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.