Rates & Fees
|Effective May 1st, 2023||Inside City Limits||Outside City Limits|
|Volume ($/1000 Gallons)||$3.82||$5.73|
|Storage Fee ($/1000)||$0.19||$0.19|
|Base Charge (Minimum Bill)||$9.10||$13.65|
|Effective May 1st, 2020||Inside City Limits|
|Volume ($/1000 Gallons)||$6.15|
|Base Charge (Minimum Bill)||$10.15|
Sewer Connection Fees:
Single Residence where City Installed Sewer or Cost Share Projects -$2,200 (Outside City Limits-$4,000)
Single Family Lot where developer installed sewer prior to January 1, 2023 -$500 until January 1, 2024, then $1,000 afterwards
Single Family Lot, including townhouse lots, where developer installed sewer on or after January 1, 2023 -$1,000 (Outside City Limits -$2,000)
Multi-residence, apartments, $1,000 / unit plus the capacity fee in Section 4, (5), (b) of City Ordinance (Outside City Limits -$3,000/ unit)
Hotels, Motels, Nursing Homes $2,200 +$600 per unit (Outside City Limits -$4,000 + 1,000 per unit)
Office Buildings, service station, garage, retail store, supermarket $2,200+ $600 per restroom (Outside City Limits -$4,000+ 1,000 per restroom)
Industrial Building $2,200 + $600 per restroom + $1,800 / SFU for process water (Outside City Limits -$4,000 + $1,000.00 per restroom + $1,800 per SFU for process water)
Restaurants $3,200 for up to 20 seats + $60/seat above 20 (Outside City Limits -$6,000 for up to 20 seats + $60.00 per seat above 20)
Schools, Daycare, public bldg. $2,200 + $250 per restroom (Outside City Limits -$4,000 + $250 per restroom)
Self-service laundry $2,200 + $250 per washing machine (Outside City Limits - $4,000 + $250 per washing machine)
Car Wash $2,200 + $500/ wash bay + $8000 per automatic wash bay (Outside City Limits -$4,000 + $500/ wash bay + $12,000 per automatic wash bay)
No properties outside the City Limits can be served without City Council Approval .
Any sewer connections not listed above shall be computed on an individual basis as deemed necessary by the City of Cookeville. Sewer service shall be considered to be available if a sewer line is within one hundred (100) feet of the customer's property and the living quarters of a residence or the work areas of a commercial or industrial building can be connected. If sewer is available, upon payment of the above charges the Department shall provide a sewer connection at the customer's property line - the point of connection to be determined by the Department. If sewer service is not considered available, the cost to extend sewer to the property shall be paid by the customer.
No sewer main or lateral shall serve property outside the City limits of Cookeville unless approved by the City Council. Any cost of extending the sewer main shall be paid by the customer, except for capital improvement or cost-sharing projects approved by the city council.
Upon recommendation of the Director, and conditioned upon the availability of departmental funds, the city council may approve a cost-sharing agreement with the customer to extend a sanitary sewer main. The agreement shall apply only to that section of the sanitary sewer main constructed between the existing sanitary sewer main and a point on the customer's property approved by the Director. The sanitary sewer main extension must comply with the Department's master sewer plan, or the Control Authority must approve the proposed location of the extension. The Director shall contract for the payment by the city of its share of the project costs upon such terms and conditions as the Director deems appropriate.
In subdivisions or developments, where the sewer main has been extended through a cost-sharing agreement, approved by the city council, the connection charge shall be the full price as noted in § 18-208(4) of the City Code.
Capacity for any new development shall be requested in accordance with the City’s Capacity Assurance Program (CAP). Based on an evaluation of the CAP Sewer Service Availability Request, the Control Authority may approve or deny a customer’s request for sewer service.
If any customer desiring to connect to the sanitary sewer system, by means of new construction, shall fail to connect within one (1) year of paying the sewer connection charge, and the connection charge has increased, the customer shall pay the increased cost.
Sewer Capacity Fees:
(a) Capacity Fees for Subdivisions. Effective January 1, 2023 - The developer for any new subdivision shall pay a sewer capacity fee for any additional lot created that is intended to be connected to sanitary sewer as part of the development. The sewer capacity fee is $1,000 per lot. If the subdivision does not require a preliminary plat the developer must pay the capacity fee prior to the final plat being signed by the Department. For all other plats, the developer must pay the capacity fee prior to the preconstruction conference.
If the developer has not reached final plat approval and is required to resubmit the plat, and the capacity fee has increased, he shall pay the City an additional fee for the increase.
In implementing this section, if a development has already had its preconstruction conference prior to the effective date of this ordinance a capacity fee would not be paid except for cases where the development’s plat expires after the effective date of this section, and new plat must be submitted.
(b) Capacity Fees for Apartments. Any builder building apartments shall pay a capacity fee at the time the sewer tap fee is paid. For normal apartments, the capacity fee is $1,000 per unit. For co-living apartments, the capacity fee shall be $1,500 per unit.
(c) Non-Transferable. Any capacity fee paid is for the parcel(s) designated and can not be transferred to any other property.
Water connection charges – Effective January 1, 2013.
(1) Except as provided in paragraph (4) of this section, those customers INSIDE the corporate limits of the City of Cookeville shall pay a water connection fee established at the time of meter installation. The connection fees are listed below:
For 5/8" x 3/4" Meter connection fee $ 1,200.00
For 1" Meter connection fee $ 1,400.00
For 2" Meter connection fee $ 3,000.00
Over 2" Meter connection fee cost of labor, overhead, and materials
(2) Except as provided in paragraph (4) of this section, those customers OUTSIDE the corporate limits of the City of Cookeville, provided a water main is adjacent to the property, shall pay a water connection fee established at the time of meter installation. The connection fees are listed below:
For 5/8" x 3/4" Meter connection fee $1,300.00
For 1" Meter connection fee $1,500.00
For 2" Meter connection fee $3,100.00
Over 2" Meter connection fee cost of labor, overhead, and materials
(3) For the above connection charge, the department will furnish all necessary labor and materials to bring water service to the customer's property, including the meter and meter box for sizes 2" and under. Customer shall pay for all labor and materials for sizes over 2". The entire installation remains the property of the department.
(4) Water connection charges within subdivisions where the water system has been installed at the expense of the developer, including the meter box and service line to the customers property, shall be $350. (1970 Code, § 13- 110, as amended by Ord. #000-07-24, July 2000, Ord. #004-06-10, July 2004, and Ord. #O12-06-15, June 2012)
Water Rates Info
The cities of Baxter and Algood, and all water utility districts shall pay rates as established by contract with the City of Cookeville
The rates listed are net. In the event that any bill is not paid within fifteen (15) days from the date of the bill, there shall be added to the bill an amount equal to five percent (5%) of the bill. To any amount remaining unpaid thirty (30) days after the date of the bill, there shall be added a penalty of one percent (1%), and an additional one percent (1%) shall be added at the end of each successive thirty (30) day period until the amount is paid in full.
Sewer Rates Info
The sewer rate charge for normal domestic wastewater is based on the wastewater discharge to the Cookeville Sewer System as measured by the public water supply meter or meters, and/or by any supplementary meter or meters, necessary to measure the amount of water discharged. Property owners must purchase an irrigation meter to prevent charges for sewer usage based on their water consumption through their residential, commercial, or industrial water meter. If a meter fails to register properly, or if a meter is removed to be tested or repaired, or if water is received other than through a meter, the City reserves the right to render an estimated bill based on the best information available. The Control Authority also reserves the right to require metering of any water discharged into the sewer system.
The charges listed in the Sewer Rates tab shall be assessed to all users regardless of whether they are serviced by an individual or a master water meter, or regardless of whether they are connected to the sewer as long as sewer service is considered to be available under the conditions set forth in the City of Cookeville Charter and Municipal Code.
In the event of a leakage or wastage of water by the improper functioning of equipment beyond the point of service which results in abnormally high bills for water and/or sewer service, and upon proper assurance to the Department that said leakage or wastage has been repaired or eliminated, the customer's bill will be adjusted by an amount to be determined by averaging the bills for water and sewer service for the three (3) months immediately prior to the beginning of said leakage by subtracting this amount from the bill for which adjustment is desired, and adjusting said bill by one-half (½) of the result, provided however, that the adjustment will be made for only one month's bill, the month to be determined by the customer. If it can be determined that the nature of the water leak was such that the water could not have gotten into the sewer system, the sewer bill shall be adjusted to reflect the normal charge for the period when there is abnormal water usage. Such sewer charge adjustment shall be made for a period of not to exceed three (3) consecutive months and shall be made only when the following conditions are met:
(a) The Department is aware, either through customer notification or internal system monitoring, of abnormal water usage;
(b) Application is made within three (3) months of restored normal usage for an adjustment; and
(c) After notification to the customer of abnormal usage the customer can document that reasonable efforts were made to curtail the abnormal usage.
Property owners are able to receive an adjustment, for sewer only, one time per calendar year for filling their swimming pool in an amount equal to the volume of the swimming pool as long as the drain line does not connect to the city's sewer system.