Reimbursement Payments from Benefitting Parcels

Reimbursement payment process

Any parcel that is subject to a Latecomer Agreement that requests to connect into the Utility will be required to pay the Latecomer Reimbursement prior to connection.

Steps in the Reimbursement payment process

  1. Benefitting parcel requests connection to utility facility with a Latecomer Agreement.
  2. SPU requires payment of Latecomer reimbursement and associated fees prior to connection.
  3. Benefitting parcel pays SPU the Latecomer reimbursement payment and associated fees.
  4. SPU allows benefitting parcel to connect to utility.
  5. SPU records letter with King County to relieve encumbrance of benefitting parcel.
  6. SPU remits payment back to originating developer.

When SPU collects a reimbursement payment from a benefitting parcel, it will remit the payment to the originating developer. If the originating developer cannot be contacted or is not responsive, SPU may keep the reimbursement payment.


A benefitting parcel must pay the latecomer reimbursement payment, which is the recorded amount of the encumbrance on the parcel. In addition, the benefitting parcel must also pay:

  • $80 Recording Fee - records removal of the encumbrance of the property.
  • $220 Collection Processing Fee - covers the City's administrative costs of collecting, documenting, and other tasks associated wit processing reimbursement payments.

For more information, see Fees and Payments.

How to pay

Before you make your payment, you’ll need to contact SPU’s Development Services group to receive an invoice number.

Development Services Office

700 5th Ave., 27th Floor
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Tuesday, 10:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Phone: (206) 684-3333

Payments may be made online or in-person at:

City of Seattle Customer Service Center

700 5th Avenue, 4th Floor (lobby entrance)
Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

City of Seattle Treasurer's Office

700 5th Avenue, 42nd Floor
Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.