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ENB-13.19 - Sewer Repair Work Orders for 1 & 2 Family Dwellings

Administrative Rule Adopted by Bureau Pursuant to Rule-Making Authority

This policy goes into effect when the Combination Inspections section determines that a property owner has failed to repair a broken sewer within the timeline determined in a Hearings Officer's order. The authority for this policy stems from the requirements in Titles 24, 25 and 29 for maintaining safe and sanitary residences. Enforcement authority is found in Title 18.
The policy is that when a property owner fails to protect the public health and safety by repairing a sewer line, the bureau will treat the sewer break as a public nuisance and proceed to make the repairs through a licensed contractor or city agency. The cost of repairs plus interest and penalties will be liened against the property.

1. The Senior Soils Inspector will get three bids for doing a camera inspection of the sewer within 15 days after expiration of the Hearings Officer's order and select one of the bidders.
2. The Sr. Soils Inspector and section plumbing staff will review the video and determine if repair is necessary.
3. The Sr. Soils Inspector will write specifications for the repair within 30 days after expiration of the Hearings Officer's Order.
4. The Combination Inspections Supervisor and Sr. Soils Inspector will solicit at least three bids to perform the repair, select a contractor, and notify Neighborhood Inspections.
5. Neighborhood Inspections will open the case as a nuisance and follow standard work order procedures, including liening the property for related costs.
6. Combination Inspectors will inspect the repair and notify Neighborhood Inspections that the problem has been resolved. Plumbing permits are necessary when required by code.

Filed by Bureau of Development Services for inclusion in PPD September 29, 2004.
Originally published as Bureau of Buildings Procedure No. B-7-6 dated July 23, 1996.