Northwest Bergen County Utilities Authority


New Connections

On January 1, 2007 the NBCUA implemented a sewer connection fee program which requires any person seeking to construct a direct or indirect connection to a municipal sewer system or to the Authority’s System to pay a connection fee to the Authority. 

Notification by Member Municipalities

Under this program, municipalities are required to notify the NBCUA of all new connections expected or requested to be made to the sewer system.  In addition, municipalities are not to issue a connection permit to any applicant prior to receiving notification from the NBCUA that the connection application has been approved.  A Referral Form has been prepared by the Authority.  In return for their cooperation, the NBCUA will refund to the municipality 15% of the fee collected, up to a maximum of $10,000 per connection.  The remaining portion of the fee will be considered as general revenue by the NBCUA and will serve to reduce the annual service charges paid by all municipalities.

Connection Application

The connection fee is to be computed in accordance with the formulas set forth in N.J.S.A. 40:14B-22.  A 2024 Connection Application is available from the Authority.  The Application includes forms to establish the connection fee for any proposed project.  To the extent the proposed development is not covered by the criteria contained on the form, the projected flow can be proposed by the applicant based on similar operations or best professional judgment and such projection shall be accepted, rejected or modified by the Executive Director for the Authority, exercising his reasonable discretion, after review by the Authority’s Consulting Engineer.

As indicated on the form, where a development serviced by an existing direct or indirect connection to the System is demolished, in whole or in part, and new development is constructed in its place at the same location, the applicant shall be entitled to a credit against the gallonage to be produced by the proposed development for the gallonage attributable to the structures which are being demolished in order for the development to proceed.

July 18, 2024
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