• Lateral Sewer Assessments

    5 Step Process

    For an overview of the lateral assessment process see flyer. For detailed information aaabout the 5 steps, continue reaading below.

    Step 1: Request for Assessment Sewer Waiver

    Lateral assessment projects benefit a single property. In these cases, the single benefited property owner will be provided with a waiver document to review, sign and return to MSDGC.

    The waiver is a legally binding document that the benefited property owner signs acknowledging, among other things, the public-side cost, waiving their right to a public hearing and waiving their right to submit objections to the project. Waivers are used since only a single property is being benefited by the project. The wavier includes a permission to enter upon property. This allows MSDGC to enter your property as needed to construct a sewer lateral and subsequently restore the property as nearly as practicable to the condition it was in prior to the construction work.

    The waiver process can take 1-2 months to complete.

    Step 2: Design and Easement Acquisition

    The design of the lateral and easement acquisition process can take 1-2 years to complete based on the level of impact and complexity of the project. Easement acquisition, if needed, can take 1-2+ years to complete based on the number of properties impacted, the extent of the impact.

    Step 3: Tentative Assessment and Legislation

    Design and easement acquisition, if needed, are completed. The upcoming phase of the project is a single legislative step that includes tentative assessment and the authorization to bid the project.

    Ohio law provides that assessment sewers are to be financed entirely, or in part, by the owners of properties that are benefited by the assessment sewer. In Hamilton County, the Board of County Commissioners has established a policy that says benefited property owners will pay no more than $12,000 per benefited parcel towards the cost of the public-side of the assessment sewer. MSD will provide a credit to each property that accounts for the remainder of the project cost. The property owners’ share of the project costs are known as “assessments”. Assessments do not include the tap-in fee or the cost to connect your building to the public sewer. Tentative assessments are the basis for the County Commissioners’ discussion with property owners about the local sewer project’s total cost.

    The legislation process can take 3-6 months to complete

    Step 4: Lateral Construction

    The lateral improvement typically includes a sewer pipe and a cleanout for the benefited property. The lateral is located underground and is usually 6-inch in diameter. The service lateral extends from the mainline sewer to the limit of the public right-of-way or the limit of the permanent sewer easement.

    We understand that sewer construction often results in a temporary inconvenience to nearby reisents. MSD and our contractor will do what we can to minimize disruption to your normal routine.

    After the sewer is installed, each benefited property owner will receive a notice from MSD that the sewer is available for connection. The local health district will indicate when your home must be connected to the sewer once construction is complete.

    Each property owner must solicit bids and hire a plumber to connect the building drain to the sewer lateral.

    The lateral construction process can take 2-3 months to complete. Actual construction of the lateral may only take 1-3 weeks.

    Step 5: Paying Your Sewer Assessment

    The owner of the property that is benefited by the lateral is required to pay their fair share of the cost of the sewer. Current MSD policy provides that each benefited parcel, regardless of size or current use, receive a credit such that the net final assessment for the public-side improvement is not greater than $12,000 per benefited parcel. MSD pays for all project costs in excess of the net final assessments (above the $12,000 per benefited parcel).

    After the final project cost is known, MSD will request the Board of County Commissioners to adopt legislation to allow MSD to charge your property for its share of the cost of the sewer. The County Commissioners must confirm final assessments and provide for two things: (1) that the property owner may pay, in full or part, their share of the sewer’s cost as determined by MSD within 30 days of notice, and 92) that any unpaid balance plus finance charges and interest will be placed on property tax duplicates for the property owners that have not paid, either in full or part. This final assessment typically happens during the month of May the year follow substantial completion of construction of the local assessment sewer project.

    MSD will notify you when the Board of County Commissioners have adopted and certified final assessments. This notice will be sent to you via certified mail and is your official notice.

    Sewer assessment can be paid in three ways:

    1. Full payment within 30 days of notice
    2. Partial payment within 30 days of notice and remainder financed over a 20-year term with interest and fees
    3. Finance entire amount over a 20-year term, with interest and fees

    MSD provides financial assistance in the form of Assessment Credits. MSD Assessment Credits lower your overall assessment cost to no more than $12,000 per benefited parcel for the public side improvement.


    For More Information

    For more information, please contact the MSD's Engineering Customer Service at (513) 557-3594 or MSDCommunications@cincinnati-oh.gov. Additional information is also available in the Downloads box to the right.

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    • MSD Sewer Assessment Background:

    MSD Rules and Regulations Section 1216

    MSD Rules and Regulations Section 1805