Sewer Availability Charge (SAC)

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During the governor’s order on outdoor-only seating for restaurants, no SAC determination is needed for new or additional outdoor seating. However, cities will still need to notify the SAC program of outdoor activity in the event the facilities become permanent when the order is lifted. See COVID-19 Temporary Outdoor Seating form (PDF). Please e-mail for details.

Due to the pandemic, our SAC staff is working at home. Please send your SAC determination applications through our online submittal system or email the entire submittal packet to If you mail in an application, we will be unable to get to them until we are allowed back into the building to work.

SAC: an easier way to say Sewer Availability Charge

The Metropolitan Council charges this fee directly to local governments. We charge SAC when a residential, commercial, industrial or institutional property first connects to the regional wastewater (sewer) system. We may also charge SAC when a business grows or a property changes use in a way that creates more demand on the wastewater system.

Local governments pass this charge on to business or property owners. Local governments may also charge, on top of the regional fee, an additional fee for connection to the local wastewater system.

Wastewater pipes and treatment plants are expensive to build. We borrow money to build them large enough to serve both current and future customers. The space required for future customers is called reserve capacity. SAC pays the debt for that extra capacity.

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