Why Do I Pay a Stormwater Fee?


  • What is the Stormwater Fee?
  • How is it Calculated?
  • Can I Reduce my Fee?
  • What is the City Doing with the Money it Collects?

What is the Stormwater Fee?

In 2012, the Maryland Legislature passed a law mandating that the 10 largest jurisdictions in the state, including Baltimore City, establish a Maryland stormwater fee. The fee will provide a sustainable, dedicated revenue source for maintaining, operating, and improving the City’s stormwater management system, with the ultimate goal of reducing flooding and erosion, and keeping our waterways cleaner.

The City’s stormwater fees are based on the amount of impervious area on a property. Impervious surfaces, like sidewalks and driveways, block water from infiltrating the ground. They cause increased runoff, overload the drainage system, and transport pollutants and nutrients to bodies of water. Maintaining the stormwater management system and reducing the nutrients and other pollutants are the primary expenses of the program.

To read the “Rules and Regulations” for Stormwater Utility click HERE.

How is the Fee Calculated?

Virtually all properties except those owned by the State or local governments will be charged a stormwater fee, including:

  • Residential properties
  • Commercial and Industrial properties
  • Non-profit organizations
  • Religious organizations
  • Private schools
  • Private colleges/universities
  • Federal properties
  • Parking lots
  • Vacant properties





Can I Reduce my Fee?


What is the City Doing with the Money it Collects?