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ENB-4.05 - System Development Charges Administrative Rules

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

Link to Full Text of Administrative Rules  (PDF Document, 163 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.  General Determination of System Development Charges (SDCs)

6.  Sanitary SDCs

7.  Non-Residential Sanitary Use Review

8.  Stormwater SDCs

9.  SDC Credits

10.  Administrative Review and Appeals




A.  Explanatory Information



These are administrative rules of the Bureau of Environmental Services (BES) for the Systems Development Charges program. See the Explanatory Information in Appendix A for applicable code citations, policies, and other information relating to these rules. 



1.  Applicability


A System Development Charge (SDC) is a charge for connection and use, or increased usage, of City sewers, sewage treatment systems, storm sewers and drainage systems. This charge is collected to reimburse the City ratepayers for design, construction, acquisition, operation, maintenance, and discharge requirements of the City of Portland for sewage and drainage management including conveyance, treatment and disposal of sewage and drainage flows generated by development.


2.  Purpose


Chapter 17.36 of the Portland City Code (PCC) requires properties connecting to sewer and drainage systems under City control to pay the appropriate fees and charges. The intent of the SDC is to recover from new development an equitable share of the costs of providing additional capacity in, operating, and maintaining the City sanitary sewer, storm sewer and drainage system.


3.  Definitions


These rules use terms defined in PCC Chapter 17.36 and the following:


A.  “Accessory Dwelling Unit” means a separate, smaller dwelling unit on the same tax lot as the primary dwelling structure.


B.   “Return on Equity” means the rate of return on ownership interest by all ratepayers who have funded capital construction of the City’s sewer, storm sewer and drainage system and assets.


4.  Regulatory Authority


Oregon Revised Statues section 223.297 authorizes local jurisdictions to collect systems development charges for “…equitable funding for orderly growth and development in Oregon’s communities and to establish that the charges may be used only for capital improvements.”


PCC 17.36.040 authorizes the Director of BES to collect fees, including SDCs.



Link to Full Text of Administrative Rules  (PDF Document, 163 kb)


Signed by Bureau of Environmental Services Director September 29, 2004.
Filed for inclusion in PPD September 29, 2004.
Amended by Bureau of Environmental Services Director June 13, 2007.
Amended by Bureau of Environmental Services Director June 11, 2012.
Amended by Director of Bureau of Environmental Services January 24, 2014.
Amended by Director of Bureau of Environmental Services July 1, 2014.
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