Pierce County collects sewer connection charges to help offset the impacts of new development on public sewer system infrastructure. Connection charges provide the funds needed to protect public health and the environment by keeping pace with growth.
Each charge is determined by multiplying the appropriate rate by the number of Residential Equivalent (RE) units discharged to the public sewer system. The rates below are effective as of February 1, 2021.
2021 Area Basin Charge (Per Residential Equivalent)
Usage Charge *
American Lake Gardens/Tillicum
Cascadia (subject to future charges)
Chambers Creek Properties
$ $ 2,279
University Place East
University Place West
* Monthly usage charged to commercial customers participating in the Alternative Commercial Connection Charge Program described in PCC 13.04.077.
2021 Capacity Charge (Per Residential Equivalent)
All other basin areas *
* Capacity charge applies to the American Lake Gardens/Tillicum, Brookdale, Brown's Point, Chambers Creek Properties, DuPont, East Basin, Frederickson, Golden Given, Hylebos, Lakewood East, Lakewood West, Oakbrook, Parkland, Rainier Terrace, Spanaway, South Tacoma, University Place East and University Place West.
2019 Connection Charge Comparison
Sewer Service Provider
Cost per RE
$9,640 - $14,460
$4,796 - $9,315
Olympia, Lacey and Tunwater (LOTT)
$4,892 - $7,172
Federal Way (Lakehaven)
* King County Capacity/Connection Charge is approximately $11,600 amortized over 15-years at $64.50/month
** Average over 19 basin areas per Residential Equivalent (excludes Cascadia and Etloh)
One Residential Equivalent (RE) is equal to 220 gallons per day
Connection charge comparison shows the average fees associated with connecting one household to sewers. Each charge is determined by multiplying the appropriate rate by the number of Residential Equivalent (RE) units discharged to the public sewer system. For Pierce County this includes the WWTP Capacity Charge and the Basin Area Charge. For other Sewer Service Providers this includes their equivalent fees. The listed fees do not include latecomer agreement costs, other permit costs, engineering, and construction costs that may be associated with the cost of connecting to sewers.