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Director of Environmental Engineering
Scott B. Smedley

 Email Addresses 

Phone Numbers
(804) 748-1035
(804) 768-8629 Fax

Mon. - Fri. 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Mailing Address
Chesterfield County Environmental Engineering
P.O. Box 40
Chesterfield, Virginia 23832-00400

Street Address 
9800 Government Center Parkway
Chesterfield, VA 23832Map this 

Environmental Engineering
Stormwater Utility Frequently Asked Questions

How will my bill arrive?

The stormwater utility fee will be included as a separate line item on the real estate tax bill. If a property does not receive a real estate tax bill, a bill for the stormwater utility will be issued. It will be billed to the property owner of record.

My property is tax-exempt. Am I required to pay the stormwater utility fee?  

Yes. The stormwater utility fee is not a tax, but a fee based on the property’s impervious areas. If a property does not receive a real estate tax bill, a bill for the stormwater utility will be issued.

What is an impervious area?

Artificial structures—such as pavements (roads, sidewalks, driveways and parking lots) that are covered by impenetrable materials such as asphalt, concrete, brick, stone—and rooftops. Areas of significant contribution of stormwater pollutants.

How is my impervious area calculated?

The impervious area of a property is determined by using

  • aerial photography
  • as-built drawings
  • final approved site plans
  • building permits
  • field surveys
  • other appropriate engineering and mapping analysis tools

Here is a commercial property fee example using aerial photography. The property is outlined below and the impervious area is shown in red hatching.

Impervious AreasCalculation Table 


I think that the impervious area calculated for my property is incorrect? What should I do?

The stormwater utility ordinance allows for property owners to petition for adjustments to their stormwater utility fee.

I own a commercial property and have made some improvements to my property that changed the impervious area (larger parking lot or building size). Will my stormwater utility fee change?

Yes. Changes to fees will go into effect once the certificate of occupancy is issued or the land disturbance permit is closed. The Director will forward any fee alterations to the Treasurer for inclusion on the next real estate tax bill.

I live in a subdivision with stormwater BMPs and drainage infrastructure. Why do I have to pay the stormwater utility fee?

Neighborhoods with existing stormwater conveyance and retention or detention ponds still contribute runoff and pollution to the overall drainage system. The program’s costs are distributed to all county property owners because stormwater management is a countywide service. 

Who can I contact with questions?

Chesterfield County Department of Environmental Engineering
P.O. Box 40
Chesterfield, Virginia 23832-00400

Phone: 804-748-1035
Email: stormwaterutility@chesterfield.gov