This is a general list of fees related to planning and private development. For a complete list of the District’s fees, please see Section 2.12 District Fees and Charges in our Policies and Procedures Manual - Effective May 1, 2023 (PDF). We accept payment in the form of cash or check. Please make checks payable to “Helix Water District”.
Fees and Deposits
(Valid through December 31, 2023)
|Project initiation fee||$325|
|Field estimate fee||$395|
|Water availability form fee||$151|
|Will serve letter fee`||$151|
|Fire hydrant flow test fee||$263|
|Street improvement processing fee||$845|
|Street improvement plan check deposit||$834/sheet*|
|Water main extension processing fee||$1,831|
|Water main extension plan check deposit||$1,240/sheet*|
|Grading/architectural/landscape plan check deposit||$118/sheet|
|Easement acquisition fee (by deed or map)||$1,190|
|Easement/quitclaim plat and legal review deposit||$2,000|
|Quitclaim deed processing fee||$1,241 + recording cost|
|Encroachment agreement fee||$1,601 + recording cost|
*Includes title, notes, plan view, and detail sheets. Does not count sheets unrelated to water improvements, such as erosion control, traffic control, or striping sheets.
A new metered connection to Helix’s water system requires payment of capacity fees. The fees help Helix pay the cost of renewing existing infrastructure and developing additional capacity in our water system to accommodate growth. The fees are paid by developers and owners responsible for growth, rather than existing customers. The San Diego County Water Authority (SDCWA), Helix’s wholesale water supplier, charges capacity fees for the same reason.
2023 Capacity Fee Schedule
(Through December 31, 2023)
|Meter Size||3/4 Inch||1 Inch||1.5 Inch||2 Inch|
|Helix Capacity Fee||$7,624||$12,706||$30,497||$48,287|
|SDCWA Capacity Fee||$5,859||$9,374||$17,577||$30,467|
|Total Fees per Meter||$13,483||$22,080||$48,074||$78,754|
*Valid through 12/31/23
Note: the fees above do not include the cost of installation of a water meter and lateral.