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, 93 kb). What follows is an excerpt from the introduction to the administrative rules:
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.
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.
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.