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Rates & Fees

An annual Sewer Service Charge is placed on your Santa Barbara County property tax statement. The charge appears on the tax statement as a line item listed as Summerland San Srvc Chrg. The sewer service charge is not a property tax and is not related to the assessed value of your property. It represents a charge for a service provided, similar to your gas, or electric bill. It is included on your property tax statement to save the administrative cost of generating and mailing our own invoices.

For annual sewer service rates see the rate schedule below, which was adopted through Ordinance No. 19.

For the Capital Recovery Buy-In Fee please refer to Ordinance 10 of the governing board of Summerland Sanitary District. If you need additional information please do not hesitate to contact the District at 805-969-4344.  

Sewer Service Charges

The Fiscal Year runs from July 1st through June 30th.

Ordinances relating to sewer service charges: 

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  • Ordinance No. 19: Ordinance and order of the governing board of the Summerland Sanitary District to amend and update its Ordinance No. 15 and No. 9 sewer service charges established by Ordinance No. 8-15.

Related to the Sewer Service Charges Ordinance No. 19 are the following documents: 

  • Ordinance No. 15: Revising and amending certain sewer charges established by Ordinance No. 9.
  • Ordinance No. 9: Amending Ordinance No. 8 and revising and amending certain sewer service charges established by Ordinance 8-15
  • Ordinance No. 8-15: Amending Ordinance No. 8, revising and amending certain sewer service charges established by Ordinance 18-14.
  • Ordinance No. 8: Adopting a general regulation providing for sewer service charges; fixing sewer service rates, and repeal of inconsistent ordinances.

Other Ordinances adopted by the District: 

  • Ordinance No. 10: Establishing a new capital recovery fee.
  • Ordinance No. 16: Regulating the use of public and private sewers, the installation of sewer laterals, requiring permits for the installation of sewer laterals and regulating plumbing, drainage, sewer and requiring property owners to conduct video inspections of private sewer laterals that discharge into the District’s sewer system.
  • Ordinance No. 18: Amendment to Ordinance No. 16 shall remain in full force and effect the following added: all connections, including lateral, wye, or saddle at the Summerland Sanitary District sewer, shall be maintained at the expense of the property owner of the connection.
  • Ordinance No. 14: Establishing provisions for the enforcement of ordinances, rules and regulations of the Summerland Sanitary District.
  • Ordinance No. 12: Establishing grease and oil controls (FOG).
  • Ordinance No. 20: Establishing Miscellaneous Fees

Helpful Hints

These are some steps you can take to maintain your sewer line in optimum condition:

  • Don’t pour grease down your drains. Dispose of grease with your trash.
  • Don’t flush items that don’t belong down the toilet, such as large bulky items (diapers, rags, etc.) Many of the “disposable wipes” and similar products can contribute to sewer backups.
  • Identify the location of your sewer line cleanouts (access points) to your sewer line and keep them accessible in case a plumber needs to access them. Typically, they are near the house in a landscaped area or driveway.
  • If you have chronic root problems, one possible solution is to remove the trees and/or plants that may be the culprit(s).

New Connections

Property owners desiring sewer service for new construction, second units, additions, septic system conversion or other forms of development should contact the District to obtain specific instructions and guidelines. The process is often facilitated by meeting with District staff in person to discuss your project early in the process. To arrange a meeting or to obtain information about the process, please call the District office. The Summerland Sanitary District developed a Procedural Manual and Standard Specifications for the Construction of Sanitary Sewers that you review and download by clicking on the highlighted link.

Capital Recovery Fee
A Capital Recovery Fee is levied to connect to the District’s sanitary sewer system. This fee is charged to recover the cost of providing capacity in both the collection system and the treatment facility. Please contact District Office for current connection fee.

Annexation Required
If a property is not already within the District’s legal service area boundary, the property owner will be required to undertake annexation proceedings. This is a formal boundary change process administered by the Santa Barbara Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO). Please contact the District to obtain information and requirements for annexation. District staff will typically work with applicants to navigate this process.

Summerland Sanitary District Boundary Map

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Permits and Construction Standards
The Summerland Sanitary District inspects the construction and repair of all public and private sewers lines within its service area. A permit is required from the District when sewer line construction includes connecting or modifying the sewer mainline, or when rehabilitation work is performed. All work must be constructed in compliance with the District’s construction standards which can be obtained from the District’s office along with required permits. Please keep in mind that permits and guidelines from other agencies are separate from those imposed by the Sanitary District.

Miscellaneous Fees Schedule (Ordinance No. 20)

Sewer Permit Processing Fee $232

Sewer Service Availability Letter Fee

Renewal of Sewer Service Availability Letter Fee


$  96

Plan Check Fee

 $314   Residential

$585   Commercial

Inspection Fee

Sewer Lateral Repair/Replacement Fee



Sewer Construction Fee Deposit of 3.5% of estimate of public sewer improvements, which will be credited against the cost when the work is completed. Following final inspection of the construction of the sewer facilities the amount paid shall be reconciled so that the inspection fee represents the actual cost of inspection, billed at $123 an hour.
Sewer Atlas Update Fee  $232
Annexation Fee Calculated at the time of annexation to the District.