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ENB-4.18 - Mandatory Sewer Connection Program


Administrative Rules Adopted by Bureau of Environmental Services Pursuant to Rule-Making Authority



Link to Full Text of Administrative Rules  (PDF Document, 166 kb). What follows is the Table of Contents and an excerpt from the administrative rules:




1.  Applicability

2.  Purpose

3.  Definitions

4.  Regulatory Authority

5.  Connection Requirements

6.  Notices

7.  Connection Deferrals

8.  Enforcement

9.  Appeals




Appendix A  Background Information



These are the administrative rules for the Bureau of Environmental Services Clean River Rewards Stormwater Discount Program.


1.  Applicability


Properties are required to connect to the City’s Sanitary Sewer system when both of the following criteria are met:


A.  Property Conditions. There is an onsite structure with plumbing facilities that require sanitary waste disposal in order to comply with State Plumbing Code or the Portland City Code (PCC). In the absence of onsite inspections by BES or documentation demonstrating otherwise to BES’ satisfaction, BES will consider that a property requires sanitary waste disposal if the property receives water service from the City, another water provider or a private well.


B.  Available Public Sewer. A public sewer is deemed immediately available when the subject property has direct access via an approved route of service to a public sewer branch or lateral at an adjacent curb line, property line, or at the boundary of a permanent easement acquired for the benefit of the property. Sewer availability is not dependent on the provision of gravity service to the property.


2.  Purpose


The Mandatory Sewer Connection Program is intended to advance the following City goals and objectives:


A.  Promote efficient urban development.


B.  Support and promote private economic developments and community reinvestments.


C.  Protect the public health and safety.


D.  Prevent damage to water and other natural resources.


E.  Apply uniform sewer connection standards for developed and developing properties.


F.  Facilitate property owner compliance with sewer connection requirements.


G.  Minimize any hardships and dislocations caused by sewer connection requirements.


3.  Definitions


These rules use terms described in the PCC Chapters 17.33.


4.  Regulatory Authority


The Mandatory Sewer Connection Program is authorized and governed by the following City regulations and regulatory documents:


A.  Chapter 17.33 of the PCC authorizes BES to require the replacement of onsite sewage disposal systems and nonconforming sanitary sewer connections with connections to immediately available sewer when it becomes available. New connections must be made in conformance with applicable plumbing codes;


B.  The Sewer and Drainage Facilities Design Manual (most recent version) specifies the technical standards for design, construction and connection to public sewer and drainage systems.


Link to Full Text of Administrative Rules  (PDF Document, 166 kb)




Adopted by Director of Bureau of Environmental Services November 15, 2006.

Filed for inclusion in PPD November 15, 2006.

Revised administrative rules adopted by Director of Bureau of Environmental Services and filed in PPD June 2, 2008.

Administrative rule replaced by Ordinance No. 183397, passed by City Council December 9, 2009 and effective January 8, 2010.

Amended by Director of Bureau of Environmental Services December 3, 2012.

Amended by Director of Bureau of Environmental Services January 8, 2015.

Table of Contents
ENB-4.01 - Stormwater Management Manual
ENB-4.02 - Sewer Maintenance Under Streetcar Tracks
ENB-4.03 - Sanitary Discharge and Pretreatment Program Administrative Rules
ENB-4.04 - Odor Control Policy for Columbia Boulevard Wastewater Treatment Plant
ENB-4.05 - System Development Charges Administrative Rules
ENB-4.06 - Sanitary Sewer Line and Branch Connection Charges
ENB-4.07 - Sewer Development Services Programs
ENB-4.08 - BES Sewer Backflow Device Reimbursement Program Administrative Rules
ENB-4.09 - Sewer and Drainage System User Charges Administrative Rules
ENB-4.10 - Erosion and Sediment Control Manual
ENB-4.11 - Recovering the Costs of Engineering and Superintendence Services for Public Sewer Improvement Projects During the Construction Phase
ENB-4.12 - Septage Hauler Program Administrative Rules
ENB-4.13 - Administrative Rules for Discharges to the City Storm Sewer and Drainage System
ENB-4.14 - Sewer and Drainage Facilities Design Manual
ENB-4.15 - BES Enforcement Program Administrative Rules
ENB-4.16 - BES Clean River Rewards Stormwater Discount Program Administrative Rules
ENB-4.17 - Sanitary System Connection Administrative Rules
ENB-4.18 - Mandatory Sewer Connection Program
ENB-4.19 - Green Streets Policy and Green Streets Cross-Bureau Phase 2 Report
ENB-4.20 - Sewer and Drainage Rates and Charges
ENB-4.21 - Downspout Disconnection Program
ENB-4.22 - BES Public Works Enforcement Program Administrative Rules
ENB-4.23 - Treebate Program
ENB-4.25 - Extra Strength Charge Program Administrative Rules
ENB-4.26 - Fats, Oils, and Grease Removal Program Administrative Rules
ENB-4.27 - Nonconforming Sewer Conversion Program
ENB-4.28 - BES Financial Assistance Programs
ENB-4.29 - BES Connection Permit Refund Administrative Rules
ENB-4.30 - BES Title 10 Discharge Enforcement Administrative Rules
ENB-4.31 - Maintenance Inspection Program Administrative Rules
ENB-4.32 - BES Sub-Meter Program Administrative Rules
ENB-4.33 - BES Branch CIPP Lining Administrative Rules
See Also Erosion Control Plan Review and Inspection Requirements
See Also Private Sewers in the Public Right-of-Way
See Also Watershed Health