Are there any exemptions to the program?

There are 4 exemptions to the fee. If the fee was placed on your tax bill, it will be up to you to apply for one or more of these exemptions using the Waste Collection Fee Exemption Application. This application will be included with your initial notice or upon request from the Treasurer’s office. You may email or call the Treasurer’s Office at 518-434-5036.

  • Private Hauling. If you hire a private trash collector for all units at your property, you will not have to pay the fee. Note that the private hauling must be for the whole property.
  • The Unit is not Being Used as a Residence. If a unit does not require a Residential Occupancy Permit according to Albany City Code § 231-130 because it is not being used as a residence, it will not be assessed the waste collection fee.
  • The Property is Vacant. If the property is vacant and in compliance with the Vacant Building Registry, it will not be assessed the fee.
  • Age, Disability, Low Income. Individuals who receive an enhanced STAR exemption or a low income, senior, or disability exemption will not be charged the fee for a property at which they reside.

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1. Why is the fee being charged on only residential properties of less than four units?
2. How will it be determined who will have to pay the fee?
3. How do I know if I will be charged the fee?
4. Who will the fee be paid to?
5. How long will I have to pay the fee for?
6. Are there any exemptions to the program?
7. What if my residential unit will only be occupied for part of the year, may the fee be charged on a monthly basis?
8. I think I am entitled to an exemption. How do I make sure I get one?
9. What documents are needed to prove I am entitled to an exemption?
10. What if I don’t own the property for which I am billed the fee?
11. How do I submit my waste collection fee exemption application?
12. How do I find out whether my exemption has been granted?
13. How long does an exemption last after it is granted?
14. What if I disagree with the Department’s decision to deny my exemption?
15. What happens if I do not pay the fee?