Facility Capacity Fees/Charges
What is an Imported Facility Capacity Fee/Charge (FCF) or Distribution FCF?
In accordance with Senate Bill (SB) 634, Santa Clarita Valley Water Agency (SCVWA) Section 21, the agency may impose and collect capacity charges and connection fees pursuant to Section 66013 of the Government Code. As part of the permitting process, applicants must reimburse SCVWA for the costs associated with water supply acquisition, facility capital investment, facility operation and maintenance and connection.
How to obtain a clearance from SCVWA?
When applying for a permit from the City of Santa Clarita or from the County of Los Angeles, you will be given an Agency Referral List as part of the permitting/plan-check process. When SCVWA is included as an agency to be cleared, you will need to contact:
GIS Technician II
(661) 297-1600 x233
An appointment is required for all FCF/FCC business. Please do not show up without an appointment or you may be turned away.
SCVWA does not have an over-the-counter review of plans. Please email your plans in a PDF format. If emailing is not possible, you may drop off a set of the plans to the SCVWA’s office (an appointment to drop off plans is required). Plans will remain with SCVWA and cannot be returned.
Scroll down to the bottom of this page to see the New Development Guidelines.
After a review of the plans, an assessment will be made for the Imported FCF/FCC and the Distribution FCF. Doug will email an invoice of the FCF or will let you know that no fee is required. After receiving payment (if required) SCVWA will issue a Certificate of Compliance, which you will take to the city or county. All FCF payments are by check only made payable to Santa Clarita Valley Water Agency. Receiving your Certificate is by appointment only.
Effective January 1, 2018 all Imported Facility Capacity Fees/Charges (FCFs/FCCs) are based on the water meter size and the Water Service Area (WSA) in which the project is located. Annual rate adjustments will occur based on inflation. Below is a link for the Imported (wholesale) Facility Capacity Fee/Charge (FCF/FCC) schedule and Imported WSA Map:
Effective January 1, 2018, the Castaic Lake Water Agency (CLWA) and the local purveyor Newhall County Water District (NCWD) merged. CLWA and NCWD along with the Santa Clarita Water Division (SCWD) and Valencia Water Company (VWC) are now the Santa Clarita Valley Water Agency (SCVWA).
SCVWA has 3 retail divisions:
- Newhall Water Division (NWD)
- Santa Clarita Water Division (SCWD)
- Valencia Water Division (VWD)
Distribution (retail) Facility Capacity Fees (FCFs) are based on the water meter size and the retail service area where the project is located. Annual rate adjustments will occur based on inflation. Below is a link for the Distribution (retail) Facility Capacity Fee (FCF) schedule and the Purveyor/Distribution Water Retail Service Area Map:
The individuals to contact at the distribution (retail) divisions will remain the same for obtaining water meters until further notice. There are other retail division costs that may be due when requesting the water meter. Please contact the local retail division to inquire about the meter costs.
The local water retailer, Los Angeles County Water Works District #36 (LACo#36), which services the Val Verde and parts of the Castaic area, is not a part of the merger. However, SCVWA will continue to supply imported water to LACo#36. New water connections within LACo#36 are still subject to SCVWA’s Imported Facility Capacity Fees. If your new water connection is within LACo#36 service area you will need to contact them directly regarding water connection/meter costs and fees.
Below are links for New Development Guidelines* and procedures in obtaining a certificate of compliance. Please read and follow the Guidelines:
- For New Residential Developments *
- For New Commercial Developments *
- Sample Address Sequence Sheets (Excel file)
* The Guidelines are not intended to be all-inclusive and are subject to change without notice.