Municipal housing charges

Updated: 15 March 2024

Next update: 17 June 2024

Annual fee water supply, Oslo
Annual fee water supply, Oslo
4 137
Annual fee for water distribution - excl VAT (NOK). Ten largest municipalities.
Annual fee for water distribution - excl VAT (NOK). Ten largest municipalities.1
Fredrikstad3 341
Bærum3 780
Asker5 870
Lillestrøm5 030
Drammen4 441
Oslo4 137
Kristiansand2 658
Stavanger2 544
Bergen2 464
Trondheim - Tråante3 343
1The municipalities are requested to provide the price that a household with a 120 m2 detached house pays, including any fixed fees.
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About the statistics

The statistics covers municipal residential charges linked to water, waste water, waste collection and chimney sweeping. To increase comparability across municipalities, the fees for water and waste water is linked to a standard home of 120 square meters. The figures are reported though KOSTRA, and do not include VAT.

Water- and sewerage charge: The charge is either based on stipulated consumption or on actual consumption, with or without a fixed part. To obtain comparable figures, the charges for water and sewage are tied to a standard house of 120 square metres, or for the use of 150 m3 water.

Waste collection charge: The waste collection charge is calculated based on a standard whole-year subscription. The development of the waste collection service during the last couple of years has caused great variations among the municipalities and makes it difficult to make accurate comparisons.

Chimney sweeping/inspection: collected as a yearly fee for sweeping and inspection of one chimney

Region, county and municipality

Name: Municipal housing charges
Topic: Construction, housing and property

17 June 2024

Division for Price Statistics

Published on municipal, regional and national level, from 2002 municipal figures are published through KOSTRA-project.


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Data are stored in SAS and Oracle databases, in addition to excel.

The main purpose is to describe the development and the charge level of municipal technical services. The results are an important source of information explaining changes in the housing expenses in the Consumer price index. The statistics was established in 1990.

On behalf of "Huseiernes Landsforbund" Statistics Norway works out a survey describing the municipal charges in all municipalities in the country based on the KOSTRA data.

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The results are an important source of information explaining changes in the housing expenses in the CPI.

The data is collected on behalf of the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of the Environment and the Ministry of Health and Social Affairs with legal basis in the Regulation on Reporting from Local Government (in Norwegian only) ( Statistics Norway make use of the collected data for official statistical purposes with legal basis in the Statistics Act (in Norwegian only) (


The population is defined as all municipalities in the country. The municipalities have provided information on technical services such as water, sewerage, refuse collection in addition to chimney sweeping.

The statistics is based on electronic data received from the municipalities through KOSTRA-project.

Total counting

The collection of data is made under KOSTRA directions. The municipalities report to KOSTRA in the period from January to May and the work is concluded in June. Some data is even obtained by e-mail, phone or websites.

The data are revised through the system "DynaRev/ISEE" where the charges are put through tests, which identify large price changes and duplicates. In case of large changes each municipality is contacted by e-mail. The municipalities' web pages are also used to verify the charges. The municipalities themselves have also the opportunity to check their figures.

Weighted average figures are calculated for the levels and change rates on regional and national level. Figures are checked against former published figures.

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The statistics goes back to 1990. Up till 2000 the survey was entirely based on postal questionnaires. From 2000 the survey was partly based on KOSTRA data and from 2002 the statistics are entirely based on electronic KOSTRA data. From 2002 the change rates are weighed figures as well.

Collection and processing errors:

Errors may occur in connection with the collection data when filling out the electronic questionnaire but gross error will be corrected during revision. The charges are to be reported excluding the value added tax. Mistakes occur in cases were the VAT is included in the charges.

Sampling errors:


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