Sump Pump Program

Sump Pumps are vital in helping protect our homes from heavy rain and localized flooding. The City of West Fargo has several regulations that homeowners should be aware of. Any questions about the Sump Pump Program can be directed to Chad Zander at West Fargo Public Works 701-433-5400.

Documents & Descriptions

Seasonal Update


The City of West Fargo would like to remind residents who plan to discharge their sump pump water indoors into the sanitary sewer system this winter that they must obtain a seasonal variance. If residents obtain the $50 variance, they are able to discharge their sump pump water indoors into the sewer system between Nov. 1, 2018, and April 1, 2019. 

Residents can take out a variance at any time during the winter months for a one-time fee of $50, should they need it. The fee is not pro-rated based on when it is applied for and must be purchased annually.

After April 1, 2019, all sump pumps must discharge outside.

Residents can choose to pay online or have the fee added to their monthly utility bill. To purchase a variance, fill out the Sump Pump Variance Form.


All sump pumps in West Fargo must have switched their sump pump to discharge outside beginning April 1. This regulation includes properties with sump pump variances for winter months. Properties found not in compliance with this ordinance will be notified and charged $100 per month until they are brought into compliance.

The City of West Fargo requires this action to meet the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency requirement to have separate stormwater and sanitary sewer water systems. It also helps to ensure the sanitary sewer system does not get overwhelmed during storms with heavy rains, which can lead to sewage backup in properties and sewage water getting partially treated before emptying into the Sheyenne River.

Sump Pump Hose Placement

It is very important that the sump pump water diverted outside drains away from the building to prevent any recirculation. The city recommends coordinating with neighbors to ensure sump pump water isn’t causing problems for them. Most problems can be resolved by simply moving hoses and diverting water to a different area.

Additionally, sump pump drainage hoses cannot cross sidewalks or be placed in a way that allows the water to pool on sidewalks. Both of these scenarios are safety hazards and considered illegal in the City of West Fargo.

Trenching your sump pump hose into the ground, under the sidewalk and to the curb, is a popular way to hide the sump pump hose and discharge water to the street and is allowed by the City of West Fargo. To begin this project, contact the City of West Fargo public works department for an excavation permit. No fee is required for the permit, but any damage done to the sidewalk or curb during the project must be repaired by the homeowner and inspected by the public works department to ensure it meets city specifications.