Stormwater service fee and rebates for homes

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Monthly residential stormwater fee

$5.20, effective March 1, 2019
Illustration shows stormwater impacts of a house

You are billed for City stormwater services on your hydro bill, much like your water/wastewater use. The stormwater service fee is a City fee applied to every detached home, townhouse, apartment and condo. The fee is not connected to your electricity bill or electricity rates.

Tenants who pay for their own water/wastewater use will also pay the stormwater service fee. If the landlord pays for water/wastewater, they will pay the service fee.

How it works

The City’s stormwater service fee is based on the Equivalent Residential Unit (ERU) model. An ERU represents the average number of square metres of impervious (hard) surface area on residential properties throughout the city.

The average hard surface for residential properties in Guelph is 188 square metres. Each individual residential unit pays a stormwater service fee based on one ERU.

Apartments and condos will be billed based on the number of units in the building: current monthly rate x number of units = total billed per month.

Residential stormwater fee rebates

The City offers one-time stormwater fee rebates to residential property owners who install rainwater harvesting systems.  There are two types of rainwater harvesting systems that qualify for the rebate, learn about your options for residential rainwater harvesting rebates.

Multi-residential stormwater credit

Do you own or manage a multi-residential building with six units or more? Your building could be eligible for a stormwater fee credit. Learn about the stormwater credit program.

Your property taxes

Although funding for stormwater services was removed from the City’s tax-supported budget in 2017, your property taxes might not have gone down. Municipal taxes are only one portion of your property tax bill. Property taxes are calculated based on:

  • The value of your property (your MPAC assessment)
  • Provincial taxes (to fund education)
  • Municipal taxes (to fund Police, Fire and Ambulance Service, roads and sidewalks, garbage collection, snow removal, transit, parks, recreation, and all other City programs and services)

The property taxes required to fund provincial and municipal services typically increase each year.


If you still have questions about the stormwater service fee, please email or call 519-837-5604 extension 3486.