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Water/Sewer Full Payment Certificate

A Full Payment Certificate (“FPC”) is a certificate issued by the Department of Finance indicating that all water and sewer charges and penalties that accrued to a water account are paid in full or otherwise not transferable to the subsequent owner. The FPC application serves as a request to the Department of Finance to transfer service out of the transferor’s name and into the transferee’s name. Without a FPC, the parties will not be able to obtain the City of Chicago Real Property Transfer Tax stamps required to record the property deed with the Cook County Recorder of Deeds.

Unless otherwise provided by law or rule, a FPC is required in all transfers of real property whether such transfers are subject to or exempt from the City of Chicago Real Property Transfer Tax.

FPC Application

In order to obtain a FPC, an application with an application fee of $50.00 shall be made to the Department of Finance. Provided, however, if the property is exempt from the Real Property Transfer Tax, the FPC application fee shall not be charged. If a FPC certificate was required and such certificate was not obtained when the real property was transferred, both the transferor and the transferee will be jointly and severally liable for any outstanding water or sewer charges and penalties that have accrued to the water account.

To obtain a FPC, you must complete an application. Applications are also available in person at 333 S. State St., 330. Applications must be completed in their entirety, including any required supporting documents. Incomplete applications will not be accepted for processing (See complete list of required documents below).  Completed applications are accepted in-person or by email to

Applications will be accepted by the buyer/seller or attorney for the transaction during regular business hours Monday through Friday 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, please be prepared to provide identification. These individuals will have the ability to wait for applications unless additional services are required such as field review or final meter reading. Persons other than the buyer/seller or attorney will be considered an agent and must print and sign their names as the agent. Agents are permitted to drop off and pick up applications during the designated time of 8:30 am through 10:00 am. Agents are not allowed to wait for same day processing and should expect 10 business days for processing.

Any outstanding balance will need to be paid with the processed FPC at City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle, Room 107, to complete the certification process.

Applications are good for 60 days from the authorization date listed on the processed FPC. If your application expires, you must resubmit a new application.

Applications submitted by email will be processed and sent to City Hall, Room 107 for payment.

Required Documents - One of the following will be required to ensure a complete application: 

  • A Copy of the Deed for the intended transaction (must be submitted if requesting an exempt FPC transaction)
  • Title Commitment Schedule A
  • Signed Sales Contract

*Additional proof of ownership may be requested if the seller listed on the application is not currently listed on the active water account.


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