Additional Things To Know:

What triggers a Water Department Review?

  • Any change (+/-) of the fixtures and elements that impact the total demand.
  • New water service (service line replacement or upgrade)

  1. Water department review is triggered by Community Development releasing approved permit applications to the assigned referral agencies.
  2. Water department staff will review the existing plans vs. proposed plans to determine how permit is signed off.
  3. If fees are due, they must be collected prior to issuance of building permit.
  4. Construction/Development (completion of proposed work)
  5. Final Inspection/ECU count: water staff completes a site visit in which all water/ECU fixtures will be counted to ensure account accuracy.

Required documents for permit submission:
  • Detailed floor plans (existing and proposed) of the work to be done.
  • Plans must include all water fixtures


New Utilities Development Fees:

Effective January 1, 2015, Aspen City Council authorized the collection of new development fees for the Utilities Department to offset the costs of the Department’s plans review and inspection functions for new permits. The fees are as follows: 


Utilities Development Fees:
Basic Project - Remodel/Alteration/Repair/Addition to an Existing Structure
  • Small: Addition of 0.01 to 0.05 ECUs (Flat Rate) = $50.00
  • Large: Addition of more than 0.05 ECUs = $59.09/.05 ECU


Minor Review - New Construction

Projects with 100 ‐ 10,000 Square Feet of Affected Area
  • Permit Fee: $1.50/sqft
  • Review Fee: 65% of permit fee


Major Review - New Construction

Projects with more than 10,000 Square Feet of Affected Area
  • Permit Fee: $0.75/sqft
  • Review Fee: 65% of permit fee


ECU Calculator:
For fees associated with remodels, which are based on the project’s additional ECUs, the Utilities Department has created a form to help applicants determine the Utilities review fees - which can be found below:


The form requires applicants to record the number of existing fixtures, fixtures to be removed, and new fixtures for the project. It is to be submitted as part of the application package and the fees will be collected at that time


Tap Fees:

What are tap fees?

Tap fees are fees incurred for adding to the account’s overall water usage potential. This additional potential is achieved by adding water fixtures (sinks, toilets, irrigation, etc.), adding to occupancy (bedrooms, restaurant seats, etc.), upgrading the water service line (size increase, fire suppression, etc.), or any other changes to the plumbing that can add or subtract to the overall water usage potential.

Contact information:
Water Department Staff
(970) 429-1974

Please contact the Water Department with any questions regarding this process or for an estimate of fees.