If a business is served by a master meter which also serves as dwelling units, all consumption will be billed at the small commercial rate. Approved home occupancy businesses are exempt from this provision. Motels, hotels, transient lodging, rest homes, nursing homes or institutional facilities cannot qualify for the multi-family classification. If the association, development or group offers services to the public for a fee, in addition to their residents, they cannot qualify for the multi-family classification.
Customers will be required to apply for the new multi-family classification and provide to the city information regarding the type of use and number of dwelling units. Additional information may be required. The city reserves the right to determine the character of service based upon the actual use of the water, the use of the property, the zoning of the property and such other relevant information.
The new classification will not become in effect until the customer’s application has been reviewed, verified and approved. No retroactive credits for past small commercial charges will be authorized. Changing from small commercial to multi-family will be a one time only option.
Once customers have applied to convert their service to multi-family, they will not be allowed to switch back to commercial rate class unless the character of the service has changed. Multi-family units must be in a contiguous development – a duplex on the south side of town cannot be melded with a duplex on the north side.
To sign up for a multi-family account please apply in person at 801 W. San Mateo, Santa Fe, NM, 87505.
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