"Application for Exemption From Water and Sewer Charges" - New York City

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APPLICATION FOR EXEMPTION FROM
WATER AND SEWER CHARGES
Please read thoroughly:
General Instructions (pages 1 through 4)
Required Documentation Checklist (page 5) and
the Application (pages 6 and 7).
You may print the form and complete it by hand or
type your responses in online and then print the
document.
Before submitting your documents to the DEP, please
remember to notarize your application and keep copies
of all documents you are submitting with the
application.
This is a cover page.
Contained within are seven numbered pages.
APPLICATION FOR EXEMPTION FROM
WATER AND SEWER CHARGES
Please read thoroughly:
General Instructions (pages 1 through 4)
Required Documentation Checklist (page 5) and
the Application (pages 6 and 7).
You may print the form and complete it by hand or
type your responses in online and then print the
document.
Before submitting your documents to the DEP, please
remember to notarize your application and keep copies
of all documents you are submitting with the
application.
This is a cover page.
Contained within are seven numbered pages.
GENERAL INSTRUCTIONS AND INFORMATION ON
EXEMPTION FROM WATER AND SEWER CHARGES
I.
ORGANIZATIONS MUST APPLY FOR AN EXEMPTION
In order for an eligible organization to receive an exemption from water and sewer charges, it must file
an application with the NYC DEP Bureau of Customer Services. Having a NYC Not-For-Profit
Property Tax Exemption does not automatically qualify the organization for an exemption from water
and sewer charges. Eligible organizations that occupy multiple properties must submit an application
for each property. Eligible organizations that occupy the same property must each file separately.
Please mail or deliver the completed Exemptions Application Required Documentation Checklist
(Page 5) and Exemptions Application Line by Line Instructions (Pages 6 through 7) with all
required documents to the following address:
BUREAU OF CUSTOMER SERVICES, EXEMPTION UNIT
59-17 Junction Boulevard, 7th Floor
Flushing, NY 11373-5107
The completed Application must be signed by someone with the authority to act on behalf of the
applying organization and notarized before submission.
Please call the EXEMPTION UNIT with any application related questions at (718) 595-7803.
II.
DURATION OF EXEMPTIONS
1. A water and sewer exemption is not permanent and is subject to periodic renewal and
recertification at the request of DEP. Failure to comply fully with requests for access and/or
documentation from DEP may result in the revocation of an existing exemption.
2. In order to maintain exempted status, the qualifying organization must continue to occupy and
operate at the specific location in the manner defined in the original application.
3. Applying organizations and those already exempt must comply with all DEP and New York City
Water Board Rules and Regulations, including but not limited to, those pertaining to the metering
of water service(s) provided to their respective properties.
III.
THE LEGAL AUTHORITY FOR EXEMPTIONS
1. New York State law (Chapter 696 of the Laws of 1887, as amended by Chapter 893 and 894 of
the Laws of 1980, also called the “Silver Bill” after its legislative sponsor) established
exemptions from water charges for certain types of organizations (Section IV below). This law
also places LIMITS on the exemption if an organization’s water use exceeds certain levels or if
the organization is eligible to receive reimbursement for water and sewer charges. Applicants
must check to determine if these limitations apply to them.
Please Note: Your organization is responsible for all charges prior to the date of approval.
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2. The New York City Administrative Code (Section 24-514 e) provides an exemption from sewer
charges for all organizations with an exemption from water charges. Therefore, no separate
application for exemption from sewer charges is required.
The Department of Environmental Protection is mandated by the New York City Charter to
determine the water and sewer charges for properties using the municipal water and sewer
systems. Therefore, DEP grants the exemptions defined in the state law and Administrative
Code.
IV.
WHAT TYPES OF ORGANIZATIONS MAY QUALIFY FOR AN EXEMPTION
Under New York State Law, the following types of organizations may qualify for an exemption from
water and sewer charges:
1. Day Care Centers or Nursery Schools
10. Non-Public Schools Pre-K to Grade 12
2. Dispensaries
11. Orphan Asylums
3. Emergency Relief Centers
12. Places of Public Worship
4. Free Circulation Libraries
13. Public Baths
5. Free School Societies
14. Shelters
6. Homes for the Aged
15. Social Settlements
16. Veteran Firemen’s Associations
7. Hospitals
8. Medical Research Centers
17. Voluntary Ambulance Corps
9. Military Veterans Association
A brief description of these 17 categories follows. If your organization is not one of the 17 types listed
above, DO NOT APPLY FOR AN EXEMPTION FROM WATER AND SEWER CHARGES;
YOUR APPLICATION WILL BE DENIED. YOUR APPLICATION MUST INCLUDE YOUR
CERTIFICATE OF INCORPORATION, WHICH STATES THE NATURE OF THE
ORGANIZATION.
1.
DAY CARE CENTERS OR NURSERY SCHOOLS In order to qualify as a day care center or
nursery school a not-for-profit organization must be licensed by the New York State Department of
Social Services. They are facilities that provide care for three or more children away from their
homes. Day care centers and/or nursery schools that receive reimbursement for water charges through
Federal, State and/or City funding are not eligible for exemption. (See also Section V regarding
ineligibility for exemption because of funding.)
2.
DISPENSARIES In order to qualify as a dispensary, an organization must be a not-for-profit and
licensed by the New York State Office of Health System Management. Services provided must be
free, or any fee must be based on the ability to pay. (See also Section V regarding ineligibility for
exemption because of funding.)
3.
EMERGENCY RELIEF CENTERS The only organization that qualifies under this category is the
Red Cross.
4.
FREE CIRCULATION LIBRARIES In order to qualify under this heading, a not-for-profit
organization must be properly licensed and registered. Services must be provided free of charge, and
the organization must be funded through charitable sources. (See also Section V regarding ineligibility
for exemption because of funding.)
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5.
FREE SCHOOL SOCIETIES In order to qualify as a free school society an organization must be a
not-for-profit and registered with the New York State Education Department. (See also Section V
regarding ineligibility for exemption because of funding.)
6.
HOMES FOR THE AGED Homes for the Aged must be licensed by the New York State Department
of Social Services. These homes must be run by a not-for-profit corporation that provides services
exclusively to elderly people who do not need nursing care, but cannot live alone. Residential Health
Care Facilities that provide nursing and medical care to ill or disabled persons may also qualify. Such
organizations must be not-for-profit and licensed by the New York State Department of Health. In
order to qualify for exemption, Homes for the Aged must provide care exclusively to elderly persons.
If the premises is also used for the care of young people, the exemption will be denied. (See also
Section V regarding ineligibility for exemption because of funding.)
7.
HOSPITALS In order to qualify as a hospital, an organization must be a not-for-profit facility
licensed by the New York State Department of Health to dispense medicine and medical care. A
hospital must be accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Hospitals. A hospital
provides in-patient care 24 hours a day and provides diagnostic and therapeutic services to sick and
injured persons. (See also Section V regarding ineligibility for exemption because of funding.)
8.
MEDICAL RESEARCH CENTERS In order to qualify under this category an organization must be
a not-for-profit corporation whose primary purpose is medical research. (See also Section V regarding
ineligibility for exemption because of funding.)
9.
MILITARY VETERANS ASSOCIATION In order to qualify under this category, the organization
must be a duly chartered Veterans Association organized under the New York Benevolent Orders Law.
Premises must be used solely for patriotic and charitable purposes. The building must be owned by
the applying organization and any portion of the building that is used for social purposes will be
ineligible. Also eligible under this category are homes for veterans who are elderly or indigent,
widows and parentless children of veterans. (See also Section V regarding ineligibility for exemption
because of funding.)
10.
NON-PUBLIC SCHOOLS PRE-K TO GRADE 12 The property must be used exclusively for
education through and including the twelfth grade, certified by the NYS Education Department, and
the property must be owned by a corporation or association entitled to exemption under section 420-a
1.(a) of the Real Property Tax law. (See also Section V regarding ineligibility for exemption because
of funding.)
11.
ORPHAN ASYLUMS In order to qualify as an orphan asylum, an organization must have been
issued an operating certificate by the New York State Department of Social Services. An orphan
asylum must be run by a not-for-profit corporation. It must be a residential program that cares for
children away from their homes. The children can be destitute, delinquent, abandoned, neglected,
and/or orphaned. (See also Section V regarding ineligibility for exemption because of funding.)
12.
PLACES OF PUBLIC WORSHIP In order to qualify, the organization must be a religious
organization, incorporated under the Laws of New York State. The premises must be owned by the
same religious organization using the premises and be used exclusively as a place of public worship.
If any portion of the building is used for other non-exempt purposes, the premises will not be eligible
for exemption unless the non-exempted portion is separately metered and billed. All denominations
are eligible. Clergy residences are NOT eligible except when clergy is also the caretaker of the
premises and resides on or adjacent to the property, in which case a maximum of one caretaker
apartment is allowed. (See also Section V regarding ineligibility for exemption because of funding.)
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13.
PUBLIC BATHS The statute includes a provision for the exemption of water charges to public baths.
(As public baths no longer exist in New York City, this category is no longer applicable.)
14.
SHELTERS To qualify, a shelter must be operated by a not for profit organization that provides
temporary shelter to runaways, homeless, battered persons and/or the indigent. (See also Section V
regarding ineligibility for exemption because of funding.)
15.
SOCIAL SETTLEMENTS A Social Settlement is a charitable organization that provides moral and
physical support to communities. It must provide services to all races, without regard to religion or
national origin. The main purpose of a settlement is the development and improvement of a
neighborhood or cluster of neighborhoods. If property location is not owned by applying organization,
Lease must be for more than three years. (See also Section V regarding ineligibility for exemption
because of funding.)
16.
VETERAN FIREMEN’S ASSOCIATIONS To meet exemption requirements, the organization must
have been organized for charitable purposes to benefit Veteran New York City Firemen. If the
organization is run for social purposes, it will not be eligible for exemption. (See also Section V
regarding ineligibility for exemption because of funding.)
17.
VOLUNTARY AMBULANCE CORPS To meet exemption requirements, Voluntary Ambulance
Corps must be registered with the New York State Department of Health. (See also Section V
regarding ineligibility for exemption because of funding.)
V.
SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS FOR ORGANIZATIONS RECEIVING FUNDING FROM ANY
GOVERNMENT AGENCY
Organizations which receive reimbursement of water and sewer charges by any governmental agency
are not eligible for exemption from water and sewer charges. These organizations must pay their bills
and receive reimbursement from the funding agency.
IF YOUR ORGANIZATION IS ELIGIBLE FOR REIMBURSEMENT FOR WATER AND
SEWER CHARGES, DO NOT APPLY FOR EXEMPTION; YOUR APPLICATION WILL BE
DENIED.
ORGANIZATIONS WHICH RECEIVE FUNDING FROM ANY GOVERNMENT AGENCY
FOR ANY PURPOSE MUST APPLY TO THAT AGENCY FOR REIMBURSEMENT OF
WATER AND SEWER CHARGES. If the agency that grants funding denies the request, the
organization may then apply for an exemption from the Bureau of Customer Services. Written
verification of the denial must be submitted with the application. DO NOT APPLY WITHOUT
VERIFICATION OF DENIAL-YOUR APPLICATION CANNOT BE REVIEWED UNTIL
VERIFICATION IS RECEIVED.
VI.
NOTE: INSTRUCTION FOR VACANT OR UNDER CONSTRUCTION PROPERTY
If the property is vacant or under construction DO NOT apply; you are not eligible. You may reapply
when the property is fully occupied.
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