WATER PERMITS & APPLICATIONS
The CCSD is urging all residents and business owners to minimize their water use during this critical time. Review information below for more details including Frequently Asked Questions and Glossary of Terms.
CCSD declared a Water Code 350 emergency in November 2001, which is still in effect. CCSD is not issuing any new water or wastewater connections.
CHAPTER 3. Water Shortage Emergencies [350 - 359]
( Chapter 3 added by Stats. 1953, Ch. 140. ) 350.
The governing body of a distributor of a public water supply, whether publicly or privately owned and including a mutual water company, may declare a water shortage emergency condition to prevail within the area served by such distributor whenever it finds and determines that the ordinary demands and requirements of water consumers cannot be satisfied without depleting the water supply of the distributor to the extent that there would be insufficient water for human consumption, sanitation, and fire protection.
The waiting list for new water and sewer hookups was established in 1986. The list was closed to new applications on December 31, 1990 in cooperation with the County's 1990 Growth Management Ordinance, which limited all new county wide growth to 2.3% annually. Due to concerns about Cambria's water availability, the County reduced Cambria's growth limit to 1% in 2000. The current growth rate set by the County for Cambria is 0%.
Below are the current residential, commercial and multi-family wait lists. For more information, please contact the CCSD at 805-927-6116.
The information provided below represents those properties on the CCSD wait list as of 7/27/2017:
Intent To Serve Letters
An Intent to Serve Letter is part of the water hookup process. It states that the CCSD will provide water and sewer service to a residential or commercial building project if there is sufficient water, if fees are paid on time, and if all steps are completed satisfactorily. However, Intent to Serve Letters issued prior to November of 2001 will be honored by the CCSD.
If you currently have an intent to serve letter and need an extension, please complete the Intent to Serve Letter Extension Application.
Grandfather Meters and Active Service Transfers: These two types of water meters do not require that you wait for an "Intent to Serve" letter from the Waiting list. However there are certain fees and requirements associated with these meters. Please contact the CCSD at 805-927-6116 with questions about water transfers or grandfathered meters.
Retrofits & Remodels
Retrofit-To-Build: Approximately 20 years ago the CCSD implemented a retrofit program to replace plumbing fixtures in existing residences and businesses with water-conserving fixtures such as shower heads and toilets. Currently, all new construction is required to meet both the State of California and CCSD standards. The retrofit requirement is based upon a combination of the square footage of the lot being built upon and the number of bathrooms being built. For more information please contact the CCSD at 805-927-6116.
Remodels/Additions/Change of Use: Please complete the Remodel/Addition/Reconstruction/Change of Use Application to request "Will Serve" letters for water/sewer and/or a Fire Plan Review. You may contact the Permit Counter at 927-6116 with any questions related to this application.
Retrofit Upon Resale: Current CCSD code requires that all buildings, whether residential or commercial, shall at the time of ownership be retrofitted, if not already so, exclusively with low-water use plumbing fixtures. These fixtures shall be installed and maintained, and shall now be replaced with fixtures which allow great water use. For a list of our requirements please click here.
Grandfather Meters and Active Service Transfers
These two types of water meters do not require that you wait for an "Intent to Serve" letter from the Waiting list. However there are certain fees and requirements associated with these meters. Please contact CCSD at 805-927-6116 with questions about water transfers or grandfathered meters.
Frequently Asked Questions
If you're thinking of purchasing property in Cambria, please read the following carefully:
What's the water situation in Cambria?
What is the Water Master Plan?
What does a waiting list position mean?
When can my project get water service?
Why would someone not accept his or her Intent to Serve letter?
What about properties with no water position?
Terms to help understand the CCSD water permit process
The process by which a change of ownership is accomplished for either a waiting list position, an intent to serve letter, or a connection permit.
Runs from meter read to meter read, every two months. Meters are read on the last three days of each even-numbered month, i.e. February, April, June, etc.
Equivalent Dwelling Unit (EDU)
The volume of water allocated for each class of water customer. One EDU is equal to the average monthly water use by a single-family dwelling during the summer season (May 1 to Oct. 31). All water and sewer connection fees are based on the EDU allocation for the class of project proposed. This is currently estimated at 12 units per billing period. There are 748 gallons or 100 cubic feet of water in one unit.
Intent to Serve
A letter stating the District will provide water and sewer services to a particular project upon satisfactory completion of a number of steps, timely payment of fees and availability of water.
A water meter connection fee that was paid or a water meter that was physically installed prior to 2/28/86, but is NOT currently in use; and pays minimum bi-monthly service fees to maintain that status.
A residential project built to house two or more families in either attached or detached units on a single parcel of property. Each unit must have its own water meter.
Position (relating to Transfers)
A waiting list position (single-family, multi-family, commercial or affordable housing list), or a valid Intent to Serve letter, Connection Permit or active service meter.
Level of water quality which is safe for human consumption.
A parcel from which a waiting list position or water meter has been transferred to another location. The retired parcel is permanently restricted from residential development unless it is legally merged with an adjacent parcel.
The act of removing water wasting fixtures and replacing them with water efficient fixtures. Approximately 20 years ago the CCSD implemented a retrofit program to replace plumbing fixtures in existing residences and businesses with water-conserving fixtures such as showerheads and toilets upon change of use or ownership. All new construction is required to meet the State of California and CCSD standards of retrofit. All new construction must offset its proposed water needs through retrofit of existing services. The retrofit requirement is based upon a combination of the square footage of the lot being built upon and the number of bathrooms being built.
Retrofit In-Lieu Fee
A fee paid directly to the District instead of replacing plumbing fixtures in existing structures. This funds large-scale water conservation projects.
A residential project designed to house one family.
The process by which a water position is moved from one location to another.
Waiting List Position
The CCSD maintains a list of water applicants, prioritized by date, who are waiting for the opportunity to build a project. Each waiting list position is preserved by payment of an Annual Wait List Fee, which is billed in July of each year.
748 gallons or 100 cubic feet of water