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How much does sewer service cost, and how do I get billed?

Single family residences are billed via their property tax bill. However, new property owners within Simi Valley Waterworks District #8 are temporarily billed on their water bill and Golden State Water Company customers are billed by the City of Simi Valley Administrative Services Department until charges can be established on their tax assessment.

Multi-family residences within Simi Valley Waterworks District #8 may be billed via their bi-monthly water bill. Accounts located within Golden State Water Company service area receive a separate sewer bill from the City’s Administrative Services Department.

Commercial accounts within Simi Valley Waterworks District #8 are billed via their bi-monthly water bill. Accounts located within Golden State Water Company service area receive a separate sewer bill from the City’s Administrative Services Department.

For specific fees please refer to Sanitation Service Fees page.


Why does the City charge sewer connection and frontage fees?

Sewer connection fees pay the cost of the Water Quality Control Plant (WQCP) and the sewer system, both past costs to construct them and future costs of expansion. These fees contribute to the cost of construction for the existing infrastructure and future expansion.

Frontage fees pay to extend a sewer line along the front of a property, or to repay the cost for the improvement.

What is the connection fee for sewer service?

The current Sewer Connection Fee is $4,374 for a single family lot.

For specific fees please refer to Sanitation Service Fees page.

May I make payments on my connection fees?

Only existing business customers planning to expand their business may defer sewer connection fees. To start this process, please send a written request to the Public Works Director at 2929 Tapo Canyon Rd., Simi Valley, CA 93063.

How can I locate my lateral?

Generally, sewers are marked at the curb face with a “dot-vertical line-dot (.l.)” to indicate the location of the connection at the sewer main. There is a service fee if requesting crews to mark a lateral using CCTV, but sewer record drawings are available to the public at no charge. Sewer line information is available on the City's Interactive GIS system.

If no markings are found, please e-mail sanitation@simivalley.org, or call (805) 583-6795, for assistance.

How deep is my lateral?

Depth varies; however most laterals are between 4 to 6 feet deep at the property line. If you have problems locating the lateral, please e-mail sanitation@simivalley.org, or call (805) 583-6795, for assistance.

Who owns and maintains my sewer lateral?

The main sewer line in the street is owned and maintained by the City; however, the connecting sewer lateral line running from the house/building to the main sewer line in the street is owned and maintained by the property owner. It is the responsibility of the property owner to properly maintain their sewer lateral line. Internal problems in the lateral, such as internal blockages, misalignment, or deterioration, are the property owner’s responsibility. Please read the current Sewer Lateral Policy.

I am on a septic system, and it needs to be replaced. May I replace it with a new one?

A property owner must connect to the sewer system if the property is within 200 feet of the public sewer. A written request for variance may be addressed to the Public Works Director at 2929 Tapo Canyon Rd., Simi Valley, CA 93063. All requests for variance shall be reviewed by Building and Safety and Public Works. 

How do I get my Zoning Clearance form signed, and what is required?

A Zoning Clearance form will be signed after a Will-Serve letter is issued, following the payment of connection and frontage fees.

Does the City plan to extend the sewer lines in my area?

Contact Sanitation at sanitation@simivalley.org for further information about your location.