Stormwater service credits for business

Get a credit of up to 50% of your annual stormwater fees

Industrial, commercial, institutional and multi-residential properties of six units or more may qualify for a credit on their stormwater bill.

Reducing runoff prevent floods, protects Guelph’s water supply and wildlife habitat, and reduces costs for property owners and the City of Guelph.

Apply for a stormwater fee credit

This guidance manual includes an overview of the Stormwater Credit Program framework, which describes property eligibility and eligible stormwater measures, the application process, the terms and conditions of the program, site inspection requirements and penalties for any violation of the terms and conditions.

Stormwater credits are available in four categories, which align with the overarching objectives of the City’s stormwater management program, as outlined in the table below.

Stormwater credit categories and rates

Credit category Description and basis for charge reduction Maximum credit
Peak flow reduction Facilities that control the peak flow of stormwater discharged from the property, based on the outlet rate in comparison to natural hydrologic conditions. 15 per cent
Runoff volume reduction Facilities that control the amount of stormwater retained on the property, based on retention volume resulting from increased infiltration, evapotranspiration, or reuse. 40 per cent
Water quality treatment Facilities that control the quality of stormwater discharged from the property, based on treatment type, pollutant load reduction, or MOECC level of protection. 15 per cent
Operations and activities Non-structural measures including education programs and pollution prevention / risk management practices. 15 per cent

Maximum credit available (capped) 50 per cent

For more information

City of Guelph Stormwater Services
519-822-1260 extension 3486
stormwater@guelph.ca