Note: There is usually a service deposit of $300 applicable to all new residential accounts. If you sign up for pre-authorized payments and e-billing, the deposits can be waived. If a resident has an existing account or had a closed account with good payment history (no fewer than 2 incidents of late payments and no more than one missed payment in the last 12 months), deposits can also be waived. Please have your service address, date of possession/departure and account number ready.
Pre - Authorized Payments
Under the pre-authorized payment plan you will continue to receive a bill showing the amount that will be deducted from your bank account.
The withdrawal from your bank account will be on the 27th day of the month the bill is due or the following business day if the 27th falls on a weekend. These automatic deductions eliminate the need for postage and the possibility of late payment charges.
Sign Up for the Pre-Authorized Payment Plan, click here. (Download and save the form on your device, fill it out and e-mail it back with a void cheque to email@example.com to have your account(s) set up on automatic payment withdrawal.)
Please Note: A $300.00 security deposit is charged on each residential account. If you sign up for pre-authorized payments AND e-billing, the deposit can be waived. E-billing signup is found on the “Account” tab.
To Cancel your Pre-Authorized Payment Plan, fill out the form on the “account” tab.
Online or Telephone Banking
Bills can be paid using a financial institution’s telephone or internet banking services. This is available at most financial institutions in Canada. Enough time should be given for the City to receive payment as financial institutions can take an average of 2 to 4 days to transfer payments.
Payments will be applied on the date of receipt at our office or our bank.
Finding the City as a payee:
To set up Chestermere Utilities as a payee, search for CHESTERMERE UTILITIES and use your account number on your bill.
For RBC clients, search for CHESTERMERE (TWN)-UTILITIES.
Some banks require a 10-digit account number. You will need to enter ZEROS at the front of your account number – not at the end.
Note: The City of Chestermere manages utilities for the community but tracks the financial information separately from regular City accounts using numbered company 1538974 AB Ltd.
Mail or Drop-Off
Payment can be made by cheque or money order and either mailed or dropped off in person to
City Hall, 105 Marina Road, Chestermere, AB T1X 1V7
A drop box is located on the south side of the building near the main doors.
To ensure your payment is processed correctly, please include the bill stub when mailing your payment.
Credit Card Online
Payment can be made by credit card online at Plastiq, a third party service provider.
Please note, an account will need to be created and payments may take 3–5 business days to process. A Plastiq service fee will be applied (2.85% or less for credit cards). The City does not receive any portion of this fee – it is a 3rd party service fee.
Any balance outstanding after the due date is assessed a 3% late payment fee and is included in the next month’s bill. Please allow enough time for your payment to reach our office by the due date to avoid late payment penalties and possible service disconnection.
Failure to receive a bill or loss of the statement, is not accepted as a reason for either non-payment or for exemption from any associated late payment penalties.
For Non-Sufficient Funds (NSF) payments, an NSF fee will be charged in accordance with our Rates and Fees Schedule, in addition to late payment fees for the outstanding balance.
Failure to pay an account will result in the commencement of collection activities. This includes water service disconnection and discontinuance of curbside collection services until steps to recover the amount due have been taken (including referral to a third-party collection agency), and payment is received for the outstanding amount.
To reconnect after a discontinuation of service, a $120 reconnection fee will be required. Additionally, prior to reconnection, a $300 security deposit is needed.
Refunds: If an account has been overpaid, the City, on behalf of 1538974 Alberta Ltd. will refund amounts upon request providing the utility account is current and paid up to date. All funds returned to customers are paid by cheque only and customers should allow two (2) to four (4) weeks for refunds to be processed. For credit balances on closed accounts, the amount owing the customer must be $10 or more for a refund to be issued.
Rental Properties: Bills will be sent directly to the owner and the owner is responsible for payment. If an owner make a request, a copy can also be sent to a tenant.
Note: CUI used to send bills to tenants of rental properties instead of to the owners. The City is unaware as to why the CUI leadership team chose to do this, but this practice will not continue as per the 2013 Bylaw 025-13.