The Metropolitan Council imposes a fee on its local government customers called the Sewer Availability Charge, or SAC. We charge SAC whenever:
- A residential, commercial, industrial or institutional property connects to the regional wastewater (sewer) system for the first time.
- When a business grows or changes and creates more potential demand on the wastewater system.
As a local government, you will pass the SAC fee along with possible local fees to the business or property owner, or you may raise the revenue in other ways. Most local governments charge SAC when they issue a building permit for either a new building or a remodel, or when they issue a connection permit for an existing building that is connecting to the wastewater system for the first time.
How is SAC calculated?
One SAC unit equals 274 gallons of maximum potential daily wastewater flow. A freestanding, single-family residence is charged one SAC unit, a base unit. Other types of buildings pay a SAC fee based on the maximum potential demand on the wastewater system.
The rate for one SAC unit in 2021 is $2,485.
If you know details of the usage of the business (e.g., square feet, units, measurements, etc.) and are interested in finding out an estimate of the MCES SAC charges (before any SAC credit is applied), we have created an estimation tool for your use:
Local government staff may determine (calculate) SAC on residential and commercial properties or have the Council complete determinations on commercial properties. The Council makes SAC determinations on all industrial properties. A description of the industrial waste program can be found here:
The SAC program and how determinations are made
A brief description of the SAC Program, what it is, how to submit for a determination, and possible financing options, can be found in the "What is SAC?" flyer.
SAC Deferral Program
The Council provides local governments the option to participate in the SAC Deferral Program to defer some SAC payment obligations. The program promotes business development and helps existing residential properties on private sewers that connect to the regional wastewater system.
Questions? Contact Us
with your name, contact information, business or project name, location of the project and the question or comment you have. You can also call 651-602-1770 for our frequently asked questions. At the end of the message you will also have the option to press 0 to leave a voicemail for a SAC representative. In the voicemail please leave your name, business or project name, your phone number and location of the project and the reason for your call. Someone will get back to you within 1 business day.