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ENB-4.06 - Sanitary Sewer Line and Branch Connection Charges

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

Link to Full Text of Administrative Rules  (PDF Document, 147 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.  Sanitary Sewer Line Connection Charges

6.  Sanitary Sewer Branch Connection Charges

7.  Administrative Reviews and Appeals

A.  Explanatory Information


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



1.  Applicability


All owners of new and redeveloping properties within the City of Portland must pay one-time line and branch connection charges to compensate the City’s ratepayers for those properties’ connections to and use of local City sanitary sewer services. Line and branch connection charges reimburse ratepayers for the collective costs to provide local sewage collection through main lines and sewer lateral branches to properties.


Properties served by nonconforming sewer systems must pay sewer conversion charges in lieu of line and branch connection charges in compliance with the Nonconforming Sewer Conversion Program Administrative Rules (PPD item ENB 4-27).


2.  Purpose


The City constructs sanitary sewer facilities to collect, convey and treat wastewater from developed properties. These administrative rules describe BES decision-making regarding the calculation of line and branch connection charges.


3.  Definitions


These rules use terms defined in the Portland City Code (PCC) Chapter 17.36.


4.  Regulatory Authority


A.  Section 3.13.040 of the PCC authorizes development of administrative rules by the Director of BES.


B.  Section 17.36.040 Subsections D & E of the PCC authorize line and branch charges to recover the costs of constructing local sanitary sewer collectors, the local portion of sanitary trunk lines or interceptors, and sewer laterals or house branches.


Link to Full Text of Administrative Rules  (PDF Document, 147 kb)


Amended by Director of Bureau of Environmental Services January 8, 2015.
Amended by Director of Bureau of Environmental Services July 1, 2014.
Filed for inclusion in PPD September 29, 2004.
Signed by Environmental Services Director September 29, 2004.

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
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-4.24 - Public Works Permitting Services and Fees
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