Zonal charges are separate from and additional to connection charges. Zonal charges are similar to the infrastructure charges set out in section 146(2) of the Water Industry Act 1991. Our zonal charge should be paid by anyone who wishes to build or develop a property.
They are applicable for the following types of connections, whether they are direct or indirect:
• Building of new domestic premises, including permanent caravans;
• Additional new premises on the site of demolished premises;
• Conversion of existing building into additional units/dwellings;
• First time connection of an existing property;
• New commercial and industrial units.
The zonal charge consists of two elements; the fixed element and the variable element.
The first ‘fixed element’ is a figure that is applied wherever the development is situated. It is the same in nature to our infrastructure charge that applied prior to April 2018.
The second ‘variable element’ may vary according to criteria which may be introduced in future. In this charging year, we do not intend to introduce any such criteria, so there will be one single variable element applied in all cases. However, in future, we may introduce, for example, charging divergence between zones where there are different levels of infrastructure investment required.
The sum of the elements of the zonal charge is a contribution towards the cost of infrastructure provision for growth maintaining the broad level of balance with the previous charging regime.
For further information, please refer to our Charging Arrangements document.