Sewer Service Connection Center

This page provides comprehensive information to property owners in the Town of Barnstable who will be required to connect to newly constructed sewer infrastructure.

The Town of Barnstable is responsible for the design, construction and operation of sewer mains, pump stations, and stub pipes in front of each property to be connected to the sewer service. Property owners also have responsibilities in this process.

Use the tabs on the right to explore the requirements of the sewer connection process. Each tab provides links to forms, permit applications and instructions required to connect sewer service to your property.

Property Look-up for Sewer Connection

Use this look-up tool on the Assessor’s searchable database to find out if your property is located on a sewer expansion route proposed under Phase 1 of the Town of Barnstable Comprehensive Wastewater Management Plan (CWMP).

Sewer Connection Form and Instructions

If your property is on a sewer expansion route for which construction is getting underway, you will be contacted by DPW to submit a Sewer Connection Form. Use the Sewer Connection Form to provide a sketch plan identifying the preferred location of a sewer service stub for the sewer connection on your property. Instructions are provided to assist you in filling out the form. Please complete this form only if you have been asked to do so by DPW.

Property owners are reminded that that a portion of the land between the privately-owned building and the street’s paved surface is Town property, or right-of-way, as illustrated on this Right-of-Way Notice. The paved surface of a roadway often does not define the limit of Town property. The Town-owned road layout includes the paved roadway surface and adjacent unpaved areas on either side of the paved surface. In most cases, private lawns extend onto this unpaved Town property. During sewer construction, this Town-owned property is likely to be disturbed.

Questions should be directed to:
Paul Ruszala, P.E.
Senior Project Manager – Water & CWMP
Barnstable Department of Public Works
382 Falmouth Road – Hyannis, MA 02601
P: 508-790-6400 – C: 774-487-6049
paul.ruszala@town.barnstable.ma.us

Order to Connect from Board of Health

Once the Town has completed construction of sewers in front of your home, you will receive an Order to Connect letter from the Board of Health. The letter will specify the date by which you will need to connect the building on your property to the sewer service stub installed for your property.

Questions should be directed to:

Health Division
Thomas McKean, Director
P 508-862-4644
health@town.barnstable.ma.us

 

Sewer Connection Specifications and Permits

In most cases, a qualified sewer installer can also design the connection for a property owner. However, in a limited number of cases it is necessary to secure the services of a licensed engineer with civil engineering experience to design the connection.  The connection must comply with Town of Barnstable sewer connection design specifications.

Your contractor will install the sewer connection from your building to the capped sewer stub and request DPW inspection and approval. A Sewer and Trench Permit issued by Barnstable DPW is required prior to the start of construction.  A Road Opening/Trench Permit is also required If excavation in a town road or right of way is needed.

Questions should be directed to:

Paul Ruszala, P.E.
Senior Project Manager – Water & CWMP
Barnstable Department of Public Works
382 Falmouth Road – Hyannis, MA 02601
P: 508-790-6400 – C: 774-487-6049
paul.ruszala@town.barnstable.ma.us

Sewer Assessment and Connection Costs

The Sewer Assessment is a charge that will be applied to the owners of properties that have one or more residential or commercial sewer units that are eligible to be newly connected to sewer service under the sewer expansion plan.

For most properties, the Sewer Assessment is a one time cost of $10,000 (note, the assessment amount may be adjusted annually for inflation in construction cost). A property owner can opt to pay the Sewer Assessment all at once when due, or may opt to finance the Sewer Assessment and pay quarterly installments on their property tax bill up to over thirty years. In accordance with current policy, the Sewer Assessment under the thirty-year payback option would be amortized at an interest rate equivalent to 2% above the rate of borrowing, unless otherwise determined by the Town Council.

If the sewer assessment is added to future tax bills, a lien will be recorded on the property at the Registry of Deeds.

The Barnstable County Septic Management Loan Program offers financing for sewer connections on a limited basis. For more information contact the program at https://www.barnstablecountysepticloan.org/.

If the cost of expanding the public sewer system is not assessed 100% to the property owners scheduled to be connected to the system, a General Fund contribution will be required to fund a portion of the program. This results in a portion of a property owner’s property taxes being used to fund the program.

Sewer Use Information

Once sewer service is connected, property owners will be charged a sewer service user fee, based on their water usage. The current typical residential sewer usage bill averages $435 per year, and may vary based on water usage. If the property has irrigation, a property owner can install a deduct meter which will enable the property owner to realize a savings for water that does not enter the sanitary sewage system.

The following links provide information related to using the municipal sewer system.

Questions should be directed to:

Public Works – Water Pollution Control
Andrew Boule, Supervisor
508-790-6335