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21.16.160 Service Installation Fees.

(Amended by Ordinance No. 189256, effective December 21, 2018.)  The fees for installing and/or activating water service up to and including 1‑inch in size shall be as provided in the annual water rate ordinance and shall be paid prior to service installation.

The fees for installing services greater than 1-inch shall be based on the Bureau’s costs plus overhead, as provided in the finance regulations, Title 5 of the Code of the City of Portland.  The applicant may choose to pay either a set price based on the Bureau’s estimate or the actual cost of the installation.  If the applicant accepts the Bureau’s estimate as the set price these costs must be paid before the Bureau will perform the work.  After a set price has been established, the Bureau will not refund or adjust installation charges unless changes in installation or location are requested by the applicant.

If the applicant chooses to pay the actual costs plus overhead, the applicant shall submit a deposit equal to the estimated cost before the Bureau will begin the work.  When the estimated cost differs from the actual for labor, materials, and overhead the deficit shall be charged to the applicant or any excess payment shall be returned to the applicant.

In addition to the service installation fees, an applicant for new service must pay the System Development Charge, as described in Section 21.16.170 “System Development Charge" and as set in the annual water rate ordinance.  If the service branch has been installed by a developer as allowed in Section 21.12.110 “Installation of Service Pipes from the Main to the Property Line," the applicant will be charged for only the applicable system development charge and any charge for service activation as set in the annual water rate ordinance.

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