Below is a list of frequently asked questions regarding Stormwater Utility Fee Credits & Appeals.
Please contact the Town of Moncks Corner Stormwater Management Program at 843-719-7913 or EMAIL US on stormwater related questions.
A parcel owner may reallocate a stormwater utility fee charge to other parcel owners. However, the impervious surface, for which the fee exists, must exist to serve the adjacent or adjoining parcel and the parcel owner receiving the fee must provide documentation indicating that their parcel doesn’t benefit from that impervious surface. Additionally, the adjoining or adjacent parcel owner(s), to which the fee is being reallocated to, must agree to accept the new fees from the re-allocation.
Granted appeals can be retroactively applied to the current property owners’ bill for payments received up to three years prior to the effective date of the granted appeal, but no earlier than January 14, 2020. To receive reimbursement, the basis or conditions for the appeal granted must have been in place on the property for all previous years being appealed. The property owner must provide evidence satisfactory to the Stormwater Manager establishing the existence of the basis or conditions for the appeal for those years.
No, there is no fee for applications to appeal a stormwater utility fee.
Any non-residential property subject to the stormwater utility fee may be eligible for a reduction in their fee through stormwater utility fee credits.
The credit will apply only to developed land containing a Moncks Corner Stormwater Management Program (SWMP) approved Stormwater Control Measure (SCM) eligible for the credit. These measures can include on-site practices such as bioretention cells, vegetated swales, and other practices that manage stormwater at its source.
Credits are available only when qualifying SCMs have been properly installed and maintained, whether implemented before or after initiation of the Town’s Stormwater Utility Ordinance.
Stormwater Utility accounts with past-due balances will not be eligible to apply for stormwater fee credits. Existing credited Stormwater Utility accounts not paying their stormwater charges will be deemed ineligible for future credit and revocation of existing credits.
Credit earned = (% Credit eligible for a SCM) x (Stormwater Fee) x (% of impervious or pervious area treated)
For example, if a site has a detention pond installed which qualifies the site for a 20% credit toward its Stormwater Utility fees, but only 50% of the impervious area on-site drains to the pond, then the site can only be granted a 10% credit (20%*50%). Furthermore, if the fee paid for the site is $350, then the site receiving a 10% credit will have a fee of $315 throughout the entirety of the property owner’s ownership.
Non-residential property owners can apply for credits from any or a combination of the categories listed in Credit & Appeals Manual. The maximum allowable credit is 42% of the gross billing amount for commercial, industrial, tax-exempt and non-profit, institutional, HOA common areas, multi-family (duplexes and townhomes not subdivided by parcel lines), boat slips (dry stack marinas), and properties whose primary function is not a single-family residence or mobile home residence, regardless of how many individual credits for which the property qualifies.
To apply for a credit, the non-residential property owner or his/her representative must complete a Credit Application or Renewal Credit Application form (Appendix A), a Right-of-Entry form (Appendix C), and a Maintenance Covenant for specific stormwater control measures (Appendix D) to furnish to the Moncks Corner SWMP. To be considered complete, all applications must include all required owner contact information, property information, the “type” of credit selected, and a brief description of the proposed credit. It is recommended that you provide all supporting calculations, plans, sketches, photos, and other documentation which may assist the Town in reviewing the Credit Application. All credits will be verified by the Town Stormwater Manager or designee to ensure compliance with this credit manual.
Application fees will be equal to $50.00 plus the cost of any necessary engineering review on the part of the Town or its engineering consultant. The Town will provide the applicant with a fee amount within five (5) business days of application submittal.
All Credit Applications must be submitted before May 1st of each year and if it meets the requirements of the Stormwater Utility Fee Credit & Appeals Manual, will be approved by August 1st in that given calendar year for any awarded credits to be applied on the subsequent years billing cycle. The Town will issue a letter of acceptance or denial of a yearly credit renewal request within forty-five (45) business days of receiving the request. Denied renewal requests may be resubmitted addressing Town comments but must be received no later than July 1st.
Applications require preparation
by a Qualified Individual*?
|Structural SCM Credits|
|Specific SCM Credits|
|Above or Below Ground Cistern Credit||Annually||Up to 20%||N|
|Rain Garden||Annually||Up to 20%||N|
|Pervious Pavement Credit||Annually||Up to 25%||Y|
|Vegetated Filter Strip Credit||Annually||Up to 25%||Y|
|Peak Discharge Rate Reduction Credit||Annually||Up to 42%||Y|
|Runoff Volume Reduction Credit||Annually||Up to 42%||Y|
|Quality Treatment Credit||Annually||Up to 10%||Y|
|Non-Structural SCM Credits|
|Low Impact Parcel Credit||Annually||Up to 42%||N|
|Education Credit||Annually||Up to 42%||N|
|Industrial NPDES Permit Credit||Permit Term||Up to 20%||N|
|Watershed Stewardship Credit||Annually||Up to 30%||N|
|*Calculated report must be signed and sealed by a S.C. registered professional engineer or a landscape architect|
Granted credits can be retroactively applied to the current property owners’ bill for payments received up to three years prior to the effective date of the granted credit, but no earlier than January 14, 2020. To receive reimbursement, the credit being sought must have been in place on the property for all previous years. The property owner must provide evidence satisfactory to the Town Stormwater Manager establishing the existence of the credit for those years.