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System Benefit Charge (SBC)

The System Benefit Charge (SBC) is a fee paid by non-residential property owners in Prince George’s County that helps provide funding for building and maintaining waste disposal systems. 

This website has been created to assist you in understanding the origin of the non-residential System Benefit Charge (SBC) and how it impacts you. Should you have any additional questions, or if you would like to estimate your SBC, please contact our customer service center at the following number 301-952-7635. 

If you know your Building Type and Enclosed Area you can estimate your SBC. Download the File for Reconsideration Form (PDF) for more information.

What is the Background of the SBC?

In November 2000, the voters of Prince George's County approved County Council Bill 61-2000 (PDF) authorizing the SBC, which requires non-residential properties and those properties with non-residential uses to assume an equitable share of responsibility for revenues to support the county's solid waste management infrastructure. This bill was subsequently amended with County Council Bill 12-2002 (PDF) and providing further clarifications of applicability.

The county is obligated to provide safe, environmentally sound disposal of all wastes generated here. The county achieves this by developing landfills, recycling facilities, transfer stations and assuring the environmentally sound closure and monitoring of closed facilities. 
Up to now, the county has developed an effective solid waste management infrastructure using, in part, bond issues and residential solid waste charges to meet its financial obligations. 

What Costs are Covered by the SBC?

Medium Generator Category Building Types

  • Auditorium
  • Bank (branch)
  • Beauty/Barber Shop
  • Club House
  • Dairy Sales
  • Day Care Center
  • Dental Clinic
  • Department Store
  • Discount Store
  • Dispensary
  • Dormitory
  • Garage (service)
  • Industrial (heavy manufacturing)
  • Industrial (manufacturing)
  • Industrial Flex
  • Laundromat
  • Loft
  • Medical Office Building
  • Mini-Lube
  • Other (Medium)
  • Shell (community shopping center)
  • Shell (light industrial)
  • Shell (neighborhood shopping center)
  • Shell (regional shopping center)
  • Shopping Center (community)
  • Shopping Center (neighborhood)
  • Shopping Center (regional)
  • Surgical Center
  • Theater

High Generator Category Building Types

  • Auto Dealership
  • Automobile Show Room
  • Automotive Center
  • Convenience Store
  • Food Booth
  • House
  • Mall (covered)
  • Mall (enclosed)
  • Mall (open)
  • Market
  • Mixed Retail/Residential
  • Other (High)
  • Restaurant
  • Restaurant (fast food)
  • Retail Store
  • Service Station
  • Special Use
  • Tavern

What Can I do if I Disagree With My Building Type or Enclosed Area?

If you are an owner of a non-residential property and you believe that the Enclosed Area assigned by the State Department of Assessments and Taxation or the Building Type is incorrect, reconsideration can be requested. Use the Reconsideration Form (PDF) provided by the Department of Environmental Resources. You may also request a copy of the Reconsideration Form by calling the Customer Service left at 301-952-7635. Alternatively, you can pick one up at the offices of the Department of the Environment at: 
1801 McCormick Drive 
Suite 500 
Largo, MD 20774

Please note that once reconsideration is requested, it cannot be withdrawn.

Contact System Benefit Charge



1801 McCormick Dr

Largo, MD 20774