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New Annual Fees for DRBC Docket Holders

Posted by Lori Burkert on Thursday, May 04, 2017

DRBC New Fee Structure

It’s been 8 years since the Delaware River Basic Commission (DRBC) last changed their fee structure, so to keep up with inflation and stabilize and sustain funding, significant changes went into place on December 14, 2016.

A change that recently came as a surprise to one of our clients was the new annual monitoring and coordination fee. This affects all eligible water withdrawal and wastewater discharge projects subject to DRBC review and approval, including permits under the One Process/One Permit Program. The yearly fees are between $300 and $1,000, based on allocation or discharge capacity, and invoices are being sent out between March and June 2017.

Fee Structure Overview:

  • Annual DRBC Docket holder fee implemented
  • Project review fees eliminated (other than One Process/One Permit program)
  • Restructuring of water withdrawal fees
  • Annual indexed inflation adjustment created for most fees and charges

The DRBC created an informative FAQ post, addressing when the fees apply, and how the fees relate to DRBC’s operating budget. Their responses are clear and concise, and convey the thought and consideration that went into these changes.

If you have any questions about your docket or have a future project requiring DRBC approval, keep us in mind, we love to help!

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Categories: Municipal Infrastructure

Tagged: Potable Water  |  Wastewater  |  Stormwater  |  Environmental  |  Regulations

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