These tables provide the results of a statewide survey of the initial, one-time fees that North Carolina utilities charge residential homes that connect to their water and/or wastewater (sewer) systems for the first time. The survey includes 464 NC utilities owned by local governments, not-for-profit associations, and for-profit entities. The survey was conducted by the Environmental Finance Center at the University of North Carolina's School of Government, and the NC League of Municipalities.
These tables only list the tap fees and capacity charges (often referred to as system development charges) for residential customers. In addition to these pre-established connection charges, utilities use other mechanisms to recover their costs including property assessments and negotiated developer reimbursement agreements. Those charges, as well as non-residential tap fees and capacity charges, were not included in the survey and are not included in these tables.