§ 130A-328.  Public water system operating permit and permit fee.

(a) No person shall operate a community or non transient non-community water system who has not been issued an operating permit by the Department. A community or non transient non-community water system operating permit shall be valid from January 1 through December 31 of each year unless suspended or revoked by the Department for cause. The Commission shall adopt rules concerning permit issuance and renewal and permit suspension and revocation. The annual fees in subsection (b) shall be prorated on a monthly basis for permits obtained after January 1 of each year.

(b) The following fees are imposed for the issuance or renewal of a permit to operate a community or non transient non-community water system; the fees are based on the number of persons served by the system:



Non Community Water Systems:

Base fee:

Non transient non-community $190

Community Water Systems:

Number of Persons Served

50 or fewer $320

More than 50 but no more than 100 $340

More than 100 but no more than 200 $410

More than 200 but no more than 300 $430

More than 300 but no more than 400 $480

More than 400 but no more than 500 $520

More than 500 but no more than 750 $970

More than 750 but no more than 1000 $1,010

More than 1000 but no more than 2000 $1,050

More than 2000 but no more than 3000 $1,090

More than 3000 but no more than 4000 $1,690

More than 4000 but no more than 5000 $1,830

More than 5000 but no more than 7500 $2,410

More than 7500 but no more than 10,000 $2,580

More than 10,000 but no more than 25,000 $3,250

More than 25,000 but no more than 50,000 $3,660

More than 50,000 but no more than 75,000 $5,310

More than 75,000 but no more than 100,000 $5,840

More than 100,000 but no more than 250,000 $6,380

More than 250,000 but no more than 500,000 $6,910

More than 500,000 $7,440


(c) The following fees are imposed for the review of plans, specifications, and other information submitted to the Department for approval of construction or alteration of a public water system. The fees are based on the type of constructions or alteration proposed:


Distribution system: Fee

Construction of water lines, less than 5000 linear feet $300

Construction of water lines, 5000 linear feet or more $400

Other construction or alteration to a distribution system $150


Ground water system:

Construction of a new ground water system or adding a new well $400

Alteration to an existing ground water system $200


Surface Water system:

Construction of a new surface water treatment facility $500

Alteration to an existing surface water treatment facility $300

Water System Management Plan review $150

Miscellaneous changes or maintenance not covered above $100


(d) The Department may charge an administrative fee of up to one hundred fifty dollars ($150.00) for failure to pay the permit fee by January 31 of each year.

(e) All fees collected under this section shall be applied to the costs of administering and enforcing this Article. (1991, c. 576, s. 1; 1991 (Reg. Sess., 1992), c. 811, s. 6; c. 1039, s. 11; 2006-66, s. 11.7(a); 2023-134, s. 12.14(f).)