SEWER BACKFLOW DEVICES, REIMBURSEMENT FOR INSTALLATION
Administrative Rule Adopted by Bureau Pursuant to Rule-Making
Chapter 17.32.10 of the Portland City Code makes provision for the
reimbursement of costs for installation of sewer backflow devices on the
privately maintained portion of the sewer system. This provision is intended to
assist owners in protecting their property from damage due to sewer backups from
the combination sewer system.
These administrative rules consist of three components:
Section 3.0 - Eligibility. This section addresses the specific criteria for
determining the eligibility of the property owner making application for
Section 4.0 - Installation. This section gives constraints of the
installation, ownership, maintenance responsibility and warranty.
Section 5.0 - Payment. This section establishes procedures for payment to the
property owner and the maximum amount the Bureau of Environmental Services shall
3.1 To be eligible, the building, dwelling or structure must be connected
to the City of Portland Combination Sewerage System and have experienced sewer
backups or be in an area vulnerable to sewer backups as determined by the
Bureau of Environmental Services. This determination is based on the criteria
of a 25-year storm event and the lack of capacity of the sewer in front of the
property to handle the storm for the developed upstream area.
4.1 Installation of any sewer backflow device or devices shall be in
conformance with Title 25, Plumbing Regulations, of the Code of the City of
Portland, including, but not limited to, Chapter 25.05, Permits.
4.2 The building owner assumes ownership of all devices installed pursuant
to this rule.
4.3 The building owner shall assume all duties and costs of maintenance,
repair and replacement of all devices installed pursuant to this rule.
4.4 The City does not guarantee or in any manner warrant the device
or devices, nor does the City give any warranty that the device will prevent
future flooding and the City will not assume any responsibility for damages
incurred as a result of flooding subsequent to installation of any device or
devices. The owner shall be required to look only to such warranty or
guarantee as may be secured from the manufacturer of the device or devices
and/or the plumber.
5.1 Payment to the property owner of the City’s share of the expense shall
be made upon the Bureau of Development Services’ final inspection and the
owner’s submittal of the plumber’s billing for the work to the Bureau of
5.2 The owner shall pay the first $100 of the cost of installation, the
Bureau of Environmental Services will pay for additional costs up to $1,500s,
and the building owner shall pay any amount in excess of
Filed for inclusion in PPD September 29, 2004.
Signed by Environmental Services Director September 29,