These instructions apply to sewer connections of existing dwellings where public sewer is available and the property is currently served by a septic system. Grants will be limited to $20,000 per household and will be applied toward the capital facility, user connection, and/or master plumber’s charges. Priority will be given to properties located in Critical Areas and Priority Funding Areas within Existing or Planned Sewer Service Areas of the County. The property owner is responsible for any costs in excess of the grant amount.
STEP 1: DETERMINE THE AVAILABILITY OF PUBLIC SEWER
Contact the Department of Public Works at 410-222-4124 to determine the availability of public sewer to your property and to obtain a Certificate of Availability of Public Wastewater and Estimate of Fees for Connection. To be considered for the grant program, the property must be located in an Existing or Planned Sewer Service Area and have public sewer bordering the property or located in a utility easement immediately bordering the property.
STEP 2: SUBMIT BRF GRANT APPLICATION
Submit a completed Bay Restoration Fund (BRF) Grant Application for an Individual Public Sewer Connection to the Department of Health. Also submit the first page of your federal tax return form 1040. Social security numbers may be redacted.
STEP 3: SECURE THREE WRITTEN BIDS FOR ON-SITE WORK
The property owner must secure three written bids from a Master Plumber licensed in Anne Arundel County for the cost to install a sewer line, the cost to install a grinder pump, if necessary, and the cost to abandon the existing septic system. Submit copies of the written bids to the Anne Arundel County Department of Health, BRF Program, 3 Harry S. Truman Parkway, Annapolis, Maryland 21401.
STEP 4: SIGN AND RETURN THE BRF GRANT AGREEMENT
A Bay Restoration Fund Grant Agreement will be mailed to you once the Department of Health reviews the written estimate. The agreement is a legal document that must be signed in front of Department of Health staff or a notary public.
STEP 5: WAIT FOR CERTIFICATE OF QUALIFICATION
Based on available funding, the Department of Health will send a Sewer Credit Voucher for the amount of Bay Restoration funds to be applied to the Capital Facility and User Connection Fees. If money is awarded for the work to be done on-site by the master plumber, the master plumber will not receive payment until approximately 30 days after the job is completed and a proper invoice has been received by the Department of Health. The approval will stipulate that the public sewer connection and proper abandonment of the existing septic system must be completed within 60 days unless an extension is granted. Extensions are subject to the availability of BRF funds. Any costs in excess of the BRF grant must be paid by the property owner. Financing of the Capital Facility or User Connection Fees by installment payments may be available through the Department of Public Works.
STEP 6: SIGN AND SUBMIT THE PUBLIC SEWER CONNECTION APPLICATION
The following information must be submitted to the Permit Center, 2664 Riva Road, Annapolis, Maryland.
- Public Sewer Connection Application signed by both the property owner and the Master Plumber and a $25 application fee and a $30 sewer inspection fee;
- A copy of the Certificate of Availability of Public Wastewater and Estimate of Fees for Connection;
- The Sewer Credit Certificate if the grant includes payments towards the Capital Facility or User Connection charges; and
- Payment or submission of an installment plan signed by you for the financing of User Connection or Capital Facility Charges.
STEP 7: INSTALLATION OF A SEWER TAP (IF NECESSARY)
The Department of Public Works will schedule the installation of a sewer tap by a licensed Utility Contractor. A sewer tap will be installed between the public sewer main and your property line or in the utility easement immediately bordering your property line.
STEP 8: SCHEDULE ON-SITE WORK
Once the sewer tap installation is complete, contact your Master Plumber to begin the on-site work including installation of the sewer line and abandonment of your existing septic system. Before work can begin on the sewer line, the Master Plumber is responsible for securing a plumbing permit from the Permit Center and for scheduling inspection of the sewer line by County Inspections and Permits.
STEP 9: ABANDON EXISTING SEPTIC SYSTEM ON YOUR PROPERTY
The Anne Arundel County Private Sewage Disposal Code requires that you abandon your septic system when your property is connected to public sewer. Your written estimate from the plumber should include the cost to abandon your existing septic system. Since the property owner is legally responsible for abandonment of the septic system, you must ensure that the Master Plumber abandons your septic system in accordance with the Septic System Abandonment Guidelines and completes a Septic System Abandonment Form. A copy of the signed Septic System Abandonment Form must be submitted to the Department of Health at the address below.
STEP 10: PAYMENT
Payments to master plumbers will be processed after the connection is completed and the plumber submits an invoice with a Form W-9, Request for Taxpayer Identification Number and Certification. Plumbers should allow approximately 30 days for the County to mail the check.
For more information, contact:
Sanitary Engineering Program
Bureau of Environmental Health
Anne Arundel County Department of Health
3 Harry S. Truman Parkway
Annapolis, Maryland 21401