Fees

Trade wastewater fees and charges

Our charges for managing the discharge of your trade wastewater, set out below, cover the costs of managing and treating trade wastewater. They are made up of management fees and waste quality charges.

NSW Government COVID-19 rebate

If you’re the owner of a small business, a sole trader or a not-for-profit organisation that is impacted by COVID-19, you may be eligible for a rebate of $1,500 to help with the cost of government fees and charges.

Eligibility and how to apply


Management fees

This is a summary of management fees that cover our administration, monitoring, sampling and inspection costs.

  • Additional inspection fees apply when we need to do more than the planned inspections (which are included in the permit fees). These inspections can be to monitor trade waste discharge or to ensure a customer complies with requirements.
  • The quarterly fee is based on the maximum of 92 days. Quarters with fewer days will cost less.
  • Variation fees cover the cost of validating and processing changes to an existing approval. You may request a variation once every 6 months.

Commercial customers

Fees

2020–21 charge

2021–22 charge

Application fee

No fee

No fee

Variation fee

No fee

No fee

Additional inspections

$205.53

$210.08

Liquid waste trap (grease trap) quarterly charge

$10.32 / trap (grease trap)

$10.55 / trap

Quarterly permit fees - first process

$27.37

$27.98

Quarterly permit fees - each additional process

$9.12

$9.32

 

Download our Commercial customers trade wastewater fees and charges (329KB) fact sheet.

Industrial customers

Fees

2020–21 charge

 2021–22 charge

Application fee (standard)

$812.78

$830.76

Variation fee

$457.77

$467.90

Renewal fee

No fee

No fee

Additional inspections

$205.53

$210.08

Liquid waste trap (grease trap) quarterly charge

$10.32 / trap (grease trap)

$10.55 / trap

Quarterly consent fees Risk Index 1, 2 or 3

$2,736.41

$2,796.94

Quarterly consent fees Risk Index 4

$1,262.96

$1,290.90

Quarterly consent fees Risk Index 5

$841.97

$860.60

Quarterly consent fees Risk Index 6

$420.99

$430.30

Quarterly consent fees Risk Index 7

$210.49

$215.15

 

Download our Industrial customers trade wastewater fees and charges (405KB) fact sheet.


Waste quality charges

Commercial customers

We've characterised the quality of trade wastewater from commercial customers by sampling groups with similar processes. We've used this information to calculate the cost of treating that trade wastewater. Each process is assigned a $/kL charge.

Commercial process

2020–21 charge ($/kL)

2021–22 charge ($/kL)

High strength Biochemical Oxygen Demand (BOD) food – includes fried chicken outlets, Asian style barbeques, ice cream parlours, craft breweries <12kL/day and some retail bakeries

2.383

2.435

Low strength BOD food – includes restaurants, food courts, takeaway food outlets (including burger and pizza restaurants)

1.719

1.757

High strength BOD food and low strength BOD food – if pre-treatment is not maintained*

13.292

13.586

Automotive – includes service stations, panel beaters, car detailers, mechanical workshops and some car wash activities

0.490

0.500

Commercial laundry – includes laundromats, small commercial laundries, hospitals, nursing home and hotel laundries, and small dyers

0.403

0.411

Equipment hire washing

2.835

2.898

Lithographic processing

0.282

0.288

*If the pre-treatment is poorly maintained or you haven't installed pre-treatment, we may apply higher charges.

For a complete list of commercial processes and charging rates, download our Commercial customers trade wastewater fees and charges (329KB) fact sheet.

Industrial customers

We've calculated the additional costs of treating each substance. We charge industrial customers for the mass of each substance discharged. 

Discharge to primary treatment plants

If you discharge to a primary wastewater treatment plant, these charges may apply. 

Find out what level of treatment is provided at your wastewater treatment plant.

Substance

2020–21 charging rate ($/kg)

2021–22 charging rate ($/kg)

BOD

0.326 + (0.142 x [BOD mg/L]/600)

0.334 + (0.145 x [BOD mg/L]/600)

Suspended solids

0.460

0.470

Grease

0.417

0.426

Nitrogen

0.000

0.000

Phosphorus

0.000

0.000

Discharge to secondary or tertiary treatment plants

If you discharge to a secondaryor tertiary wastewater treatment plant, these charges may apply.

Find out what level of treatment is provided at your wastewater treatment plant.

Substance

2020–21 charging rate ($/kg)

2021–22 charging rate ($/kg)

BOD

1.609 + (0.142 x [BOD mg/L]/600)

1.644 + (0.145 x [BOD mg/L]/600)

Suspended solids

1.049

1.073

Grease

1.086

1.110

Nitrogen

1.203

1.229

Phosphorus

1.389

1.419

Discharge to systems affected by odour and corrosion

If you discharge to a wastewater system affected by accelerated odour and corrosion, these additional charges may apply.

Substance 2020–21 charging rate 2021–22 charging rate

Temperature > 25° C

$8.231 / Megalitre / each °C above 25 °C

$8.413 / Megalitre / each °C above 25 °C

pH

$74.348 / Megalitre / each pH unit <pH7

$75.993 / Megalitre / each pH unit <pH7

For a complete list of acceptance standards and charging rates, download our Industrial customers acceptance standards and charging rates (644KB) fact sheet.

Primary

Simple treatment involves screening, settling and flotation to treat wastewater.

Secondary

Treating wastewater using screening, settling, flotation and bacterial decomposition.

Tertiary

Treating wastewater using screening, settling, flotation, bacterial decomposition and nutrient removal.

Wastewater

This is also sometimes called "sewage".

Biosolids

This refers to the nutrient-rich material created from treating wastewater solids. They can be used in agriculture, land rehabilitation, horticultural processes, and farming.

Overflows

This refers to when there are blockages in wastewater treatment systems; the backed up wastewater is discharged into the environment.

Eligible charges

These Sydney Water charges are eligible:

  • water service charges
  • wastewater service charges
  • recycled water service charges
  • stormwater service charges
  • liquid waste trap (grease trap) quarterly charges
  • commercial trade waste permit fees
  • industrial trade waste consent fees.
Eligibility and how to apply

The rebate can only be used for fees and charges due and paid from 1 March 2021 until 30 June 2022. Usage charges are not covered by the rebate.

To see the full eligibility criteria and apply online, visit Service NSW .