Are utility connection charges transferable or refundable?

Paid Utility Connection Charges for a specific property are attached to that property and are not transferable to another property. Paid Utility Connection Charges may only be refunded subject to the conditions stated in City Code Section 26-51(e):

Connection charges paid prior to the installation of facilities to provide service to a property run with the real property benefitted by the services and facilities provided and will be refunded only to the owner of the property at the time of the refund request subject to all of the following conditions:

  1. The facilities have not been installed
  2. No flow capacity has been reserved with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP), or any such agency exercising jurisdiction over the property benefitted by the services and facilities, and none of the flow capacity has been placed in service for the subject property
  3. Costs incurred by the city related to such facilities are deducted prior to making the refund
  4. The city shall not pay interest on the connection charges refunded
  5. The refund is requested within five years of the date of the original connection charges payment. This subsection shall apply only to connection charges paid on or after October 1, 2012
  6. The burden of proof for having paid connection charges rests with the person or entity seeking refund of the connection charges
  7. The person or entity requesting the refund of the connection charges requests the refund in writing
  8. The request for refund of connection charges is approved by the city manager
  9. If the property is under foreclosure proceedings or if the city is otherwise placed on notice of pending litigation relating to rights that run with the land, no final determination of a refund shall be executed pending the outcome of the litigation

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1. How can I get information about utility service?
2. What are utility flow-based fees for typical uses?
3. What are the payment options for utility connection charges?
4. How long will it take to provide water/sewer service to a residence?
5. When should I pay utility connection charges?
6. When will the city install new utility services to a residence?
7. Where will the new water/sewer services be located for my residence?
8. How do I unlock my water meter, set up, activate or change a city utility account?
9. Why are utility connection fees charged?
10. What do I need to do if I have a change-of-use, increase in use or additional use at my property?
11. If my water/sewer is already connected, why do I need an availability request form?
12. Are utility connection charges transferable or refundable?
13. Do utility connection charges expire?
14. What needs to happen if a building connected to city water and sewer is being demolished?
15. The property is outside city limits; why should I contact the City for utility service?
16. Is city water/sewer connection mandatory?
17. What is the difference between gravity sewer versus pressurized (forcemain) sewer?
18. How do I get installation and connection of private building service line to water/sewer service?
19. What are the requirements for existing well and septic tank after connection to city water/sewer?
20. What is the responsibility for maintenance and repair of service connections?
21. What is the landscape irrigation water meter?
22. What are the backflow prevention requirements?
23. Is the city responsible for water/sewer service installation?