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Stormwater runoff is rain or snowmelt that flows over the ground and into the City's stormwater system or directly into creeks and streams. As this runoff flows, it can pickup and transport harmful pollutants such as oils and greases, heavy metals, pesticides, fertilizers, trash and debris, sediment and animal wastes.

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As part of the larger Water Resources Protection Program (WRPP), the City has adopted a Stormwater Utility Fee to provide a dedicated and stable source of funding for stormwater management activities. The Stormwater Utility Fee is billed twice a year and calculated based on the amount of impervious area on every eligible parcel of improved real estate property in the City, regardless of tax status. For more information regarding fees, billing, and credits, click here. To read more about the utility fee and how it's calculated, please view our flyer.

For stormwater system details and specifications, please view the standards and design manual on the neighborhood development page.

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Contact Information

For questions, comments and concerns, please contact (434) 970-3864 or

For questions regarding Stormwater Utility Billing, please contact the City Treasurer's Office at (434) 970-3146 or

To report an environmental incident or concern, please contact the City of Charlottesville Environmental Sustainability Division at


For more information, please visit the Environmental Sustainability page here.