Property owners may apply for a Lake Whatcom Stormwater Utility Service Charge Rate Adjustment Request within 30 days of the date of their property tax statement (the bill). Late requests will still be accepted until April 30, 2020 and responded to as staff resources allow. Submitting a request does not extend the due date for your property taxes. If your request is approved and your annual charge reduced, a credit will be applied to your next property tax bill.
Service charge rate adjustments are allowed for the following reasons:
The amount of impervious area used to calculate the charge is incorrect
The property is undeveloped with no impervious area
All stormwater runoff from the property is directed to a permanent stormwater system built in compliance with the Lake Whatcom Watershed Overlay code
The property has a new or remodeled commercial building with a rainwater harvesting system sized to utilize the available roof surface
The property is contiguous (shares a border) with another parcel and the combined parcels function as one single-family residence with a single owner
Download a copy of the Service Charge Adjustment Request Form. Directions are included in the form. Please call Kraig Olason, Stormwater Program Manager at (360) 778-6301 for information about how your current charge was calculated and to ask for assistance completing your request. Please understand that staff resources are very limited during the COVID-19 outbreak. It will take longer than normal to receive a response during this period of time.