Developer Services Charges
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Our charges 2019-2020
The documents below outline the charges for our services from 1st April 2019 to 31st March 2020. Our 2018-2019 documents are still available to view at the bottom of this page.
We also include a link to our Board Assurance statement, and a document outlining the consultation activities we have engaged in for the creation of our charging arrangements.
Developers have the choice of approaching a New Appointment Variation (NAV) rather than the incumbent water company for the adoption of infrastructure.
Developers also have the option of approaching a Self-Lay Provider (SLP) for the contestable work in the delivery of the water supply.
Assessing the balance of Developer Charges and setting Infrastructure Charges
Ahead of establishing our 2018-19 charges we conducted a review of our developer related expenditure and income over the period between 2000-17. The analysis showed that the expenditure and income were closely matched over the 17 year period. This allowed is to consider the requirement for income offsetting and asset payments and the value at which the infrastructure charges could be set, with the aim was of simplifying the charges. The result was that we were able to reduce the infrastructure charge from £732 to £250 and eliminate the need for income offsetting and asset payments. We have held the infrastructure charge at £250 for 2019-20. This document summarises our considerations and the analysis conducted in arriving at the revised charges.
Our Charges 2018-2019
Historically, charges for new connections have been unnecessarily complex, not wholly transparent and there has been confusion around different interpretations across the industry.
Ofwat, in line with guidance provided by Defra, have set charging rules for new connection services, that water and wastewater companies located in England must follow when setting charges for new connections.
The new rules came into effect on April 1st 2018. The changes to the charges for new connections will help improve transparency, and provide greater clarity on charging. The changes will also encourage competition within the water sector. Our charging framework has been built on Ofwat’s four guiding principles:
- Fair and affordable
- Environmental protection
- Stable and predictable
- Transparent and customer focused
The documents below contain our charging arrangements for 2018-19. Our framework provides our customers with greater predictability for water and sewerage services. The documents have been created to be used alongside the Charges for Connection Services Sector Guidance issued by Water UK.
The charges and charges methodologies include any relevant miscellaneous and ancillary costs such as assessment, inspection, design, legal and supervision charges. To provide you with a complete set of information, we have included any ‘other charges’ relating to new development functions, not covered under Ofwat’s rules.
Yorkshire Water undertook a consultation on the changes to the connection charges and our proposals prior to the publication of our 2018-19 Charging Arrangements, compliant with the rules. The Water Industry Act (1991) allows water companies to recover costs from its developer customers for providing relevant infrastructure for new developments and connections to the water company’s water and sewerage network.
The charges affected by the change in the rules were:
Infrastructure Charge – a developer customer pays an infrastructure charge to us on communicating a property to our water and/or sewerage network.
Requisition Charge– this is the contribution that a developer customer may have to pay when a new water main and/or new sewer is installed by us to provide a new development with water and/or sewerage services.
Connection Charge – this is the charge that a customer pays for the actual connection to a public water main/sewer.