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Stormwater Management Utility

Every property in Lakewood regardless of location contributes to storm runoff from roofs, driveways, parking lots and other hard surfaces. Runoff must be managed to:

  • Protect lives.
  • Decrease frequency and severity of flooding. 
  • Reduce damage to homes, businesses and private property.
  • Protect roads, recreational trails, parks and other community assets that can affect everyone in the city when damaged or destroyed.
  • Remove the 100 year flood plain from around numerous properties.
  • Provide better environment for businesses and others to invest in properties in Lakewood.

All Lakewood property owners pay an annual service charge to the City’s Stormwater Management Utility to maintain, repair and improve the stormwater drainage system – what residents often think as the storm sewer. The utility also works to identify and eliminate sources of pollution entering the drainage system.



New rates for 2016

A new rate will be reflected on the annual bills for the service charge beginning in 2016.


Single-family homeowners: $3.70 per month ($44.40 per year) 

Commercial property owners: get an estimate of your 2016 annual bill by calling 303-987-7615.


View examples of the stormwater utility charges taking effect in 2016

This is the first change in the service charge since 2000, when all Lakewood property owners began paying the stormwater utility service charge. Since 2000, the rate has been $1.98 a month for single-family homeowners – or $23.76 a year.

The rate also can be increased based on inflation each year following 2016.

Lakewood City Council approved the rate change after having an extensive communitywide discussion with residents about the stormwater utility service charge during 2014 and the first part of 2015. The community discussion included online and public comment, multiple public meetings, a public hearing and extensive public information available on this website and delivered to Lakewood homes.



Street Flooding

Flooding along Lakewood Gulch in Summer 2013

Current Stormwater Utility Information

Stormwater Management Utility Annual Report

Stormwater service charge payment information

Rates and Charges

Stormwater Quality 

REPORT SPILLS OR ILLEGAL DUMPING into stormwater drainage system

  • Email, or call 303-987-7111



  • Call 303-987-7950


Other Helpful Links  

Flood Insurance  

Flood Plain Management Ordinance

Storm Drainage Criteria Manual - "The Blue Book"

Urban Drainage & Flood Control District

Urban Storm Drainage Criteria Manual

Call before you dig - Utility Notification Center of Colorado


Contact Information:

Public Works Department
Civic Center North Building
470 S. Allison Pkwy.
Lakewood, CO 80226
Direct: 303-987-7500

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