Water Quality Protection Charge Appeals
If a property owner believes that the Water Quality Protection Charge (WQPC) has been assigned or calculated incorrectly, the property owner may petition the Director of the Department of Environmental Protection for an adjustment by submitting a written request, using the appeal form.
Filing an Appeal
The appeal must be submitted no later than September 30 of the year that payment of the charge is due.
The property owner must provide:
- A detailed statement of the basis for the petition, and
- Documents supporting the assertion that the property should be assigned a different classification; or that the impervious area measurements used to calculate the equivalent residential units for the property are incorrect; or that the property is not subject the WQPC under the applicable law.
Download a copy of the appeal form (PDF, 65K).
Appeal forms should be EMAILED to WQPC.Appeals@montgomerycountymd.gov, or MAILED to: Director, Dept. of Environmental Protection, 255 Rockville Pike, Suite 120, Rockville, MD 20850.
Within 60 days after receiving the petition, the Director will review the WQPC assigned to the property and make a written determination of whether the property owner's request for an adjustment of the charge should be granted or denied.
Contiguous Single Owner Properties
Property owners can apply for combining contiguous single-owner property accounts into one.
If the property spans multiple tax accounts, you can appeal to have the separate accounts combined into one for the purposes of calculating the WQPC. If you would like to submit an appeal, please fill out the form above.
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