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Commercial Stormwater Rates#

2022 Rate Changes - Effective Jan. 1, 2022highlight_off

It is Fort Collins Utilities’ rate philosophy that adjustments should be gradual and modest to avoid large increases in any given year.

Small, steady rate increases cover the costs of delivering reliable electric, water, wastewater and stormwater services to our customers now and into the future. Rates provide the funding needed for ongoing maintenance, infrastructure improvements and construction projects throughout our community.

  • Electric: 2% increase due to a projected wholesale cost increase.
  • Water: No rate increase.
  • Wastewater: No rate increase. 
  • Stormwater: No rate increase

Utility rates help pay for construction and maintenance of our stormwater system, which helps protect residents and businesses during storms and floods. All developed properties within city limits pay stormwater rates, based on:

  • Lot Size - lot area in square feet, plus the customer's share of open space in the development, if applicable
  • Base Rate - $0.00453
  • Rate Factor - based on the percentage of impervious area (surfaces that do not absorb water), such as buildings, parking lots and concrete
Rate Factor Percent of
Impervious Area
Rate Factor Category
(based on land use)
.25 0 - .30 Very Light
.4 .31 - .50 Light
.6 .51 - .70 Moderate
.8 .71 - .90 Heavy*
.95 .91-1.00 Very Heavy
*typical for commercial

Check out our printable rates sheet for more information.

Estimated Monthly Rate Formula:
Monthly Rate = Lot Size x $0.00453 x Rate Factor