New Construction

Water Service Connection


Costs include tap, service, and meter installation by the Department except where noted.

Size Connection Portsmouth Chesapeake Service Area
3/4 inch $500 $750
3/4 inch
(service installed by developer/owner)
$200 N/A
1 inch Cost plus 25%
($750 minimum)
1.5 times cost plus 25%
1-1/2 inches Cost plus 25%
($900 minimum)
1.5 times cost plus 25%
2 inches Cost plus 25%
($1,500 minimum)
1.5 times cost plus 25%
4 inches Cost plus 25%
($2,900 minimum)
1.5 times cost plus 25%
6 inches Cost plus 25%
($4,000 minimum)
1.5 times cost plus 25%
8 inches Cost plus 25%
($5,800 minimum)
1.5 times cost plus 25%
10 inches Cost plus 25%
($6,200 minimum)
1.5 times cost plus 25%

Sewer Connection Fees


(where a lateral is available):
  • Residential, Trailer Parks: $150 for each dwelling unit
  • Commercial / Industrial: $150 per equivalent dwelling unit (1 equivalent unit = 280 gallons per day)
When the City performs the installation and connection, a connection fee equal to the greater of the actual cost of such connection plus twenty-five per cent (25%) or $1,250 shall be made for each point of connection. If the deposit is less than the actual connection fee, the applicant shall pay the difference within thirty days or have service denied until payment of any balance due is made. If the deposit is more than such charge, the difference shall be promptly refunded. This is in addition to the $150 availability fee.

Sewer Line Fee (Portsmouth)


The sewer line fee is $250. This fee is in addition to the sewer connection fee. It applies to areas where sewers have been installed by the City of Portsmouth and a shall be paid by homeowners who do not connect and pay the sewer connection fee within 30 days after notice that sewers are available. During construction of sewers and within 30 days after completion, the homeowner pays only the $150 connection fee. Afterwards, the line fee is due, or a total of $400. Where new construction is done and the connection fee is paid at the time of application for building permit, only $150 sewer connection fee is due.

Owner / Developer is responsible for installation of a sewer lateral meeting current City standards where sewer lateral is non-conforming or not available.