Lateral Line Code

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Sec. 6-7.304 Private Sewer Lateral Notice, Inspection and Inspection
Report — Requirements.
(a) Authorization to Issue Notice. The City may issue a written notice that an inspection is
required whenever it determines from its operation, maintenance or inspection of the public sewer, or
through any other means, that a private sewer lateral is defective or otherwise in a condition that might
cause leakage from or blockage in the private sewer lateral or the public sewer. Conditions that render the
private sewer lateral defective or in a condition that might cause a blockage include, but are not limited to,
displaced joints, open joints, root intrusion, substantial deterioration of the line, cracks, leaks, inflow,
infiltration of extraneous water, fats, oils and grease, sediment deposits or any other similar conditions,
defects or obstructions likely to cause or contribute to blockage of the private sewer lateral or the public
sewer. The City's written notice shall set forth a reasonable time in which the inspection must occur and
shall require the property owner to submit an inspection report meeting the requirements of this article to
the City within a reasonable time, to be specified in the City's written notice, after completion of the
inspection.
(b) Inspection and Report Upon Notice from City. A property owner shall cause the private
sewer lateral to be inspected by a licensed plumber upon receipt of written notice from the City that an
inspection is required. Such inspection must occur within the time established by the written notice for the
inspection.
(c) Inspection and Report Upon Sale of Property. A property owner shall have the private
sewer lateral inspected by a licensed plumber prior to and as a condition precedent to any sale of the
property. An inspection report meeting the requirements of this article shall be prepared and submitted to
the buyer, with a copy to the City, prior to any sale of the property.
(d) Inspection and Report for Common Interest Developments and Commercial Properties.
In addition to the requirements of this section, the property owner or property owners of any common
interest development or commercial property shall have the private sewer lateral inspected in accordance
with the requirements of this article once every ten (10) years beginning January 1st of the year following
the adoption of this article. (Article 3 was adopted June 4, 2013 by Ord. No. 1118-13) A copy of the
inspection report shall be provided to the City within thirty days of the property owner's receipt of the
report.
(e) Inspection and Report for Significant Construction, Remodeling, or Change in Use.
Whenever a property owner undertakes any of the following activities, the property owner shall cause a
licensed plumber to inspect the private sewer lateral:
(1) Applies for any permit or other approval needed for construction, remodeling,
modification or alteration of any structure with a private sewer lateral within the City;
(2) Engages in any activities on the property that require an application for a permit to be
made;
(3) Undertakes significant remodeling (remodel costs exceed Seventy-Five Thousand
($75,000.00) Dollars; or
(4) Undertakes a remodel to add a bathroom or major plumbing.
An inspection report meeting the requirements of this article shall be prepared and submitted to
the City, prior to the issuance of any permit or other approval needed for construction, remodeling,
modification or alteration.
(f) Inspection and Inspection Report Standards. All inspections and inspection reports
required by this article shall be completed in accordance with the following requirements:
(1) The inspection and inspection report shall be completed by a licensed plumber.
(2) The inspection shall include, at a minimum, a video inspection of the private sewer
lateral.
(3) The inspection and inspection report shall identify all of the following:
a. Displaced joints, open joints, root intrusion, substantial deterioration of the line, cracks,
leaks, inflow or infiltration of extraneous water, sediment deposits or other conditions likely to cause or
contribute to blockage of the private lateral or the public sewer.
b. Any connection by pipe or otherwise, that allows rainwater or groundwater to enter the
private lateral or public sewer.
c. Any backwater device installed in the private sewer lateral and the condition of the
backwater device.
d. All corrective actions that must be taken to maintain, repair, rehabilitate or replace the
private sewer lateral and the estimated time and cost associated with such maintenance, repair,
rehabilitation or replacement.
(4) The inspection report shall contain a recording of the video inspection of the private
sewer lateral in a format acceptable to the City.
(§1, Ord. 1118-13, eff. July 4, 2013)
Sec. 6-7.305 Private Sewer Lateral Maintenance, Repair, Rehabilitation
and Replacement — Requirements.
(a) Maintenance, Repair, Rehabilitation and Replacement in Response to City Notice. Based
upon the inspection report required by Section 6-7.304(a) or (b), the City may provide the property owner
with a written notice to maintain, repair, rehabilitate or replace the private sewer lateral by taking specified
corrective actions by a date to be specified in the written notice. In establishing the date by which the work
must be completed, the City may take into account the cost of the work and the risk that the private sewer
lateral will leak or overflow. The property owner must cause the corrective actions specified in the written
notice to be taken by a licensed plumber within the time specified in the notice and in accordance with this
article. The property owner shall provide the City with written notice of completion of the corrective
actions in accordance with the requirements set forth in the City's written notice.
(b) Maintenance, Repair, Rehabilitation and Replacement Upon Sale of Property. Based
upon the inspection report required by Section 6-7.304(c), the property owner shall cause a licensed
plumber to perform the corrective actions identified in the inspection report prior to the sale of the property
and in accordance with the requirements of this article. The property owner shall provide the City with
written notice of completion of the corrective actions prior to the sale of the property. The property owner
and the buyer may agree on who will pay for the costs of the corrective work.
(c) Maintenance, Repair, Rehabilitation and Replacement Upon Inspection of Commercial
Property or Common Interest Development. Based upon the inspection report required by Section 6-
7.304(d), the property owner shall cause a licensed plumber to perform the corrective actions identified in
the inspection report. The property owner shall cause the work to be completed within a reasonable time
after receiving the report, but in no case later than six (6) months after receipt of the report. Upon written
request, the City may grant additional time to complete the work, taking into account the cost of repairs and
the risk that the private lateral will overflow. The property owner shall provide the City with written notice
of completion of the corrective action within thirty (30) days of completion of the work.
(d) Maintenance, Repair, Rehabilitation and Replacement for Significant Construction,
Remodeling, or Change in Use. Based on the inspection report required by Section 6-7.304(e), the property
owner shall cause a licensed plumber to perform the corrective actions identified in the inspection report
prior to final approval of a permit by the City.
(e) Use of Best Management Practices During Maintenance, Repair, Rehabilitation and
Replacement Work. The property owner shall cause its licensed plumber to use all reasonable and feasible
best management practices when performing the maintenance, repair, rehabilitation or replacement work
required by this article. Such best management practices must be employed to prevent the maintenance,
repair, rehabilitation or replacement work from causing or contributing to an overflow of the private sewer
lateral or the public sewer, including, without limitation, preventing debris, root-balls, sediment or fats, oils
and grease from being flushed into the public sewer.
(§1, Ord. 1118-13, eff. July 4, 2013)
Sec. 6-7.306 Violation and Enforcement.
(a) Violation. No person shall violate any provision or fail to comply with any of the
requirements of this article, including any provision of the private sewer lateral program adopted pursuant
to Section 6-7.307. Any violation or failure to comply with the requirements of this article shall be a
violation of this Code.
(b) Public Nuisance. Any violation or failure to comply with the requirements of this article
shall constitute a public nuisance. The City Attorney is authorized to commence necessary proceedings
provided by local or State law to abate, remove and enjoin such public nuisance.
(c) Enforcement. The City may enforce any violation of the requirements of this article in
accordance with Article 5 of this chapter.
(§1, Ord. 1118-13, eff. July 4, 2013)
Sec. 6-7.307 Private Sewer Lateral Program.
The City Manager may prepare and administratively adopt a private sewer lateral program to
provide administrative guidance on the implementation and enforcement of this article. The City Manager
may update the private sewer lateral program administratively as needed to achieve the applicable
performance standards for the public sewer.
(§1, Ord. 1118-13, eff. July 4, 2013)
Sec. 6-7.308 Fees.
The City may establish fees by resolution for the administration of this article.
(§1, Ord. 1118-13, eff. July 4, 2013)