Senior Sewer Exemption
The Senior Citizen Sewer Exemption allows seniors aged 65 or over, residing in their own residence with separate metered water service or a separate city water assessment for that residential unit, to an exemption from payment of the sewer service charge for their residents. This exemption can provide seniors with substantial savings.
To be eligible for the sewer service charge exemption, you must meet the following criteria:
- You must be 65 years of age or older
- You must be the owner of the residential unit
- You must occupy the residential unit as your principal place of residence
- The residential unit must have a separate water meter or assessed account
If you meet all the above criteria and wish to apply, you must submit a Senior Exemption Application (link below). The form must be completed in its entirety and submitted with all supporting documentation.
If the conditions under which you submit your application change, you are required to make the City aware of these changes to determine if the exemption still applies. If it is determined that this exemption was approved under false pretenses, you may be liable for any previously waived charges as well as any applicable penalties or fines. The City reserves the right to request recertification of the exemption periodically.
Senior Sewer Rebate
Persons aged 65 or over who reside in their own residence but do not qualify for the Senior Citizen Sewer Exemption because their residence is a townhouse, condominium unit, or cooperative apartment that does not have a separate metered water service or a separate City water assessment for the residential unit may apply for a refund in lieu of exemption. The amount of the refund is $50 per calendar year. To be eligible for a Senior Sewer Rebate, you must meet the following criteria:
- You must be 65 years of age or older as of January 1 of the year you are applying.
- You must be the sole owner, an owner in joint tenancy, or tenancy in common of the property.
- You must occupy the property as your principal place of residence.
- You must own a townhouse, a condominium unit, or cooperative apartment that shares a common water bill.
You can find additional information at the Committee on Finance’s website.
Once you have finished filling out the application (linked below), mail it and supporting documentation to:
Alderman John Arena, 45th Ward
4754 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, IL 60630