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BRF - Step-by-Step Instructions: Sewer Connections for Existing Dwellings Where Public Sewer is Available

These instructions apply to sewer connections of existing dwellings where public sewer is available and the property is currently served by a septic system. Grants will be limited to $10,000 per household and will be applied toward the Capital Facility and User Connection charges. Priority will be given to properties located in Critical Areas and Priority Funding Areas within Existing Sewer Service Areas of the County. The property owner is responsible for plumbing fees, permit fees and Capital facility and User connection fees in excess of the grant amount.

STEP 1: DETERMINE THE AVAILABILITY OF PUBLIC SEWER

Contact the Department of Public Works at 410-222-7511 to determine the availability of public sewer to your property and to obtain a Certificate of Availability of Public Wastewater and Estimate of Fees for Connection. To be considered for the grant program, the property must be located in an Existing Sewer Service Area and have public sewer abutting the property or located in a utility easement immediately abutting the property.

STEP 2: SUBMIT BRF GRANT APPLICATION

Submit a completed Bay Restoration Fund (BRF) Grant Application for an Individual Public Sewer Connection to the Department of Health. Also submit the first page of your federal tax return form 1040. Social security numbers may be redacted.

STEP 3: SECURE A WRITTEN ESTIMATE FOR ON-SITE WORK

The property owner must secure a written estimate* from a Master Plumber licensed in Anne Arundel County for the cost to install a sewer line, the cost to install a grinder pump, if necessary, and the cost to abandon the existing septic system. Once you have selected the Master Plumber to perform the on-site work, you must submit a copy of the written estimate to the Anne Arundel County Department of Health, BRF Program, 3 Harry S. Truman Parkway, Annapolis, Maryland 21401.

*If the property owner’s adjusted gross income exceeds $300,000, three bids are required and the grant will be limited to $5,000 per household.

STEP 4: SIGN AND RETURN THE BRF GRANT AGREEMENT

A Bay Restoration Fund Grant Agreement will be mailed to you once the Department of Health reviews the written estimate. The agreement is a legal document that must be signed in front of Department of Health staff or a notary public and returned within 30 days of receiving your written bid.

STEP 5: WAIT FOR CERTIFICATE OF QUALIFICATION

Based on available funding, the Department of Health will send a Sewer Credit Certificate, certifying the amount of Bay Restoration funds that are available for your project. The project must be completed before the Sewer Credit Certificate expires. Extensions are subject to the availability of BRF funds. Capital facility and User connection fees in excess of the BRF grant must be paid or may be financed by the property owner.

STEP 6: SIGN AND SUBMIT THE PUBLIC SEWER CONNECTION APPLICATION

The following information must be submitted to the Permit Application Center, 2664 Riva Road, Annapolis, Maryland.

  1. Public Sewer Connection Application signed by both the property owner and the Master Plumber
  2. and a $25 application fee and a $30 sewer inspection fee;
  3. A copy of the Certificate of Availability of Public Wastewater and Estimate of Fees for Connection;
  4. The Sewer Credit Certificate; and
  5. Payment or submission of an installment plan signed by you for the financing of User Connection charges in excess of $2,100.

STEP 7: INSTALLATION OF A SEWER TAP (IF NECESSARY)

The Department of Public Works will schedule the installation of a sewer tap by a licensed Utility Contractor. A sewer tap will be installed between the public sewer main and your property line or in the utility easement immediately abutting your property line.

STEP 8: SCHEDULE ON-SITE WORK

Once the sewer tap installation is complete, contact your Master Plumber to begin the on-site work including installation of the sewer line and abandonment of your existing septic system. Before work can begin on the sewer line, the Master Plumber is responsible for securing a plumbing permit from the Permit Application Center and for scheduling inspection of the sewer line by County Inspections and Permits.

STEP 9: ABANDON EXISTING SEPTIC SYSTEM ON YOUR PROPERTY

The Anne Arundel County Private Sewage Disposal Code requires that you abandon your septic system when your property is connected to public sewer. Your written estimate from the plumber should include the cost to abandon your existing septic system. Since the property owner is legally responsible for abandonment of the septic system, you must ensure that the Master Plumber abandons your septic system in accordance with the Septic System Abandonment Guidelines and completes a Septic System Abandonment Form. A copy of the signed Septic System Abandonment Form must be submitted to the Department of Health at the address below.

STEP 10: PAYMENT

Grant funds will be applied toward the User Connection and Capital Facility Connection fees once the Department of Health determines that the project satisfies the grant requirements.

For more information, contact:
Sanitary Engineering Program
Bureau of Environmental Health
Anne Arundel County Department of Health
3 Harry S. Truman Parkway
Annapolis, Maryland 21401
410-222-7324