Drainage Utility Information

In 2018, the City of Midland established a Drainage Utility, also known as the "Stormwater Utility."

What does the Drainage Utility do?
-Street sweeping
-Gutter and draw debris cleanouts
-Infrastructure improvement to eliminate flooding
-Water quality protection

How is the Drainage Utility funded?
The Utility is funded through a tier-based fee. Tiers are based upon the property size. All customers within a tier pay the same, flat fee.

5 Years Drainage CIP Plan 010

Rate Schedule - Resident

Tier Square Footage Monthly Rate
Tier 1 Up to 1,399 sq. ft. $1.20
Tier 2 1,400 to 2,424 sq. ft. $2.00
Tier 3 2,425 or greater sq. ft. $3.40

Rate Schedule - Commercial

Tier Square Footage Monthly Rate
Tier 1 Up to 8,339 sq. ft.  $5.80
Tier 2  8,340 to 18,702 sq. ft.  $13.00
Tier 3  18,703 to 47,853 sq. ft.  $30.00
Tier 4  47,854 to 92,740 sq. ft.  $68.40
Tier 5  92,741 to 261,475 sq. ft.  $154.00
Tier 6  261,476 or greater sq. ft.  $220.00


Drainage (or Storm Water) Services, provided by the City Engineering Division, includes providing educational information to residents, developers and contractors on the Storm Water/Drainage system and regulations. In accordance with federal and state laws, the City of Midland has adopted a storm water management plan, the goal of which is to reduce pollutants that may be washed into the drainage system by rain.

Construction Site

The goal of the construction element of the City of Midland’s Drainage/Storm Water Management Program is to protect receiving waters from pollutants occurring at construction sites and to provide guidance and promote the continued growth in and around Midland in a manner that is compliant with federal, state, and local storm water regulations.

Midland SWP3

If you plan to begin construction in the City of Midland, you may be subject to certain local, state, or federal requirements. At a minimum, all construction sites in the City of Midland need to implement erosion and sediment controls to prevent the introduction of pollutants into the street surface drainage portion of the Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4). Depending on the size of your project, you may be required to implement erosion and sediment controls, file a Construction Site Notice, a Notice of Intent, develop a Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan (SWP3), or all of the above items. A SWP3 must be completed before you submit a Notice of Intent to obtain a permit to discharge storm water from your site.

Stormwater Utility Administrative Review and Appeal                                                                                                                  

If you believe your drainage/stormwater utility fee was calculated in error, you may take the following steps:

Step 1 - Request an Administrative Review: The City Stormwater Utility Administrator will review the account information, billing tier, and verify roofline square footage. * If an error is found, the billing tier and utility account will be updated. Customer will be notified of findings.

Step 2 - File an Appeal: If the customer disagrees with the Administrative Review determination, they may appeal to the City Manager. The appeal must be filed within 14 days of the notification of the decision being appealed. The customer may request a hearing as part of the appeal, or a “paper-based” appeal session may be held. To initiate an appeal, contact the Stormwater Administrator at 432-685-7357.

For more information, please view Ordinance 9753 on our website: http://www.midlandtexas.gov/DocumentCenter/View/4386/Ordinance-9753

or call the Stormwater Administrator at: 


* For commercial accounts, the Stormwater Utility Administrator will verify square footage for the total impervious area, including roofline, caliche, gravel, etc.