Construction, housing and property;Public sector
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Municipal charges


Next update

Not yet determined

Key figures

3 140

NOK annual fee for waste collection in Kristiansand in 2020

Annual fee for waste collection (excl. VAT). Ten largest municipalities.1
Annual fee for waste collection service (for reporting year +1) (NOK)
1The municipalities are asked to report the most common annual fee. This means that the size of the waste container as well as the frequency of collection may vary. This complicates direct comparisons
Fredrikstad1 877
Drammen2 831
Bærum3 187
Asker3 319
Lillestrøm3 521
Oslo4 637
Kristiansand3 140
Stavanger2 468
Bergen1 796
Trondheim2 270

About the statistics

Statistics on four municipal residential charges; water, waste water, waste collection and chimney sweeping. The figures are based on the total fee Income reported through KOSTRA, and do not include VAT.


Definitions of the main concepts and variables

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 175 m3 water.

Refuse collection charge:

The refuse collection charge is calculated based on a standard whole-year subscription. The development of the refuse 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

Standard classifications

Region, county and municipality

Administrative information

Name and topic

Name: Municipal charges
Topic: Construction, housing and property

Responsible division

Division for Price Statistics

Regional level

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

Frequency and timeliness


International reporting

None - not relevant


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


Background and purpose

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.

Users and applications

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.

Equal treatment of users

Not relevant

Coherence with other statistics

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

Legal authority

The Statistics Act §3-2. The information is collected on behalf of the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of the Environment and the Ministry of Health and Social Affairs.

EEA reference




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.

Data sources and sampling

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

Total counting

Collection of data, editing and estimations

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.

Seasonal adjustment

Not relevant


Not relevant

Comparability over time and space

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.

Accuracy and reliability

Sources of error and uncertainty

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:



Not relevant