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Sewer backups and overflows are typically the result of grease buildup which can cause property damage, environmental problems and other health hazards. The easiest way to solve grease problems and help prevent overflows is to keep fats, oils and grease out of the sewer system. Never pour grease down sink drains or into toilets.

Special Service Fees

Service Fee Notes
Water and Sewer
Lien Certificate
$150.00 Maximum Note 1
Return Payment
Processing Fee
Cross Connection
Inspection Fee

Processing Fee

Note 2

Note 2a
Application Fee
Size of Pipe
3/4" Cost Basis
1" Cost Basis
1 1/2" Cost Basis
Excavation Cost Basis
$900 deposit required
Fire Pipe Excavation Cost Basis
$2,500 deposit required
Pipe Inspection
$259.00 per connect or disconnect
(Monday - Saturday, regular hours)

$306.00 per connect or disconnect
(Monday - Saturday, overtime rate)

$353.00 per connect or disconnect
Note 3
Water & Sewer Construction
Multi-day Inspection
$752.00 per diem
(Monday - Saturday, regular hours)

$890.00 per diem
(Monday - Saturday, overtime rate)

$1,027.00 per diem
Note 4
Water Turn-off $40.00 Note 5
Water Turn-on $40.00 Note 6
Termination Notice Fee $80.00 Note 7
Fire Flow Test $442.00  
Temporary Connection
(Hydrant Permit)
$50.00 per 90-day period or fraction thereof,
plus water usage $750.00 deposit required
Note 8
Street Sweeper
Hydrant Permit
$1575.00 annually  
Special Meter Test Cost Basis Note 9
Drain Layer's License New - $50.00
Renewal - $15.00
Construction Plans & Drawings $6.00 Note 10
Frozen Meter Replacement Cost Basis Note 11
Water Meter 3 Inches
and Larger Installed
Cost Basis  
Sewer Abatement
Meter Installed
Cost Basis  
Meter Transmission
Unit Installed (MTU)
Cost Basis  
Leak Up To Owner (LUTO)
and Lead Pipe Replacement
Cost Basis Note 12
General Service Application (GSA) $500.00 - $5,000.00 annually
(deposit required)
Note 13
Grease Trap Permit Fee $200 annually  
Hydrants Cost Basis Note 14
Industrial Stormwater Inspection Fee Cost Basis Note 15
As-Built Plans $200.00 Per site Note 16
Implemented January 1, 2018


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  • Boston Water and Sewer Commission
  • 980 Harrison Ave. Boston, MA 02119
  • (617) 989-7000