New Notification Requirements for Water and Sewer Authority in Bucks County, PA

April 2012Articles In the Zone

House Bill No. 823 has made its way out of the Rules Committee and is in the process of being finalized for a vote in the Pennsylvania House and Senate. This Bill will now require the delivery of written notice to a waste water system official for any new residential or commercial/industrial projects, the redevelopment of any existing commercial/industrial buildings and/or the request for a building permit for certain projects. However, this notification is only required, and this Bill is only applicable, when the project will use waste water treatment service provided by a county waste water treatment authority incorporated in a county of the second class A (not including home rule counties) and which serves 10 or more municipalities. It is my understanding that this limitation makes this Bill only applicable to the Bucks County Water and Sewer Authority. It is also my understanding that this Bill is being passed so that the Bucks County Water and Sewer Authority has noticewhen an existing user attempts to “change and/or expand their use” without purchasing additional sewer capacity for their new or expanded use. For example, a shopping center
owner who desires to substitute a restaurant for a clothing store will now be required to give notice to the Bucks County Water and Sewer Authority so that they can confirm capacity for this new use and charge the owner for the additional sewer connections.

Please contact Fox Rothschild if you have any questions concerning House Bill 823 and its applicability on your project.