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Chapter 8.64
SEPTIC TANKS AND CESSPOOL CLEANERS

Sections:

8.64.010    Definitions.

8.64.020    Examination fee.

8.64.030    Delinquent examination fee.

8.64.040    Annual registration fee – Ten percent penalty for delinquency.

8.64.050    Vehicle registration fee – Ten percent penalty for delinquency.

8.64.060    Equipment standards.

8.64.070    Fees deposited in treasury.

8.64.080    Examination of equipment.

8.64.090    Reports to Health Officer.

8.64.100    Dumping sites.

   

8.64.010 Definitions.

For the purposes of this chapter, the words set out in this section shall be defined as follows:

A. “Cesspools,” “septic tanks,” “seepage pits” include all manner of sewage disposal other than regular sewage disposal plants and systems operated by a political subdivision and holding a valid permit from the Department of Public Health of the State.

B. “Sewage pumping vehicle” means any vehicle used for the collection and transportation of sewage. (Ord. 29 § 1, 1981; CC § 68.441)

 

8.64.020 Examination fee.

Whenever any person not previously registered applies for examination as a septic tank or cesspool cleaner, said examination to be conducted by the Health Officer as provided in Section 25004 of the Health and Safety Code of the State, he shall pay to the Health Officer an examination fee as set forth in PMC 8.20.080(Q). In the event the applicant is unsuccessful in such examination no part of said examination fee shall be returned to the applicant. (Ord. 67 § 1, 1982; CC Ord. 6378 § 28, 1982; Ord. 29 § 1, 1981; CC § 68.442)

 

8.64.030 Delinquent examination fee.

In any case where the applicant has failed for a period of 30 days to apply for the examination and pay the examination fee required by this chapter, there shall be added to and collected with the examination fee a penalty equal to 10 percent of the fee; and for each additional month or fraction of a month after the expiration of said 30-day period that the applicant fails to make such application and pay said fee there shall be added to and collected with the examination fee an additional penalty equal to 10 percent of the fee; provided, however, in no event shall the total penalty added to the examination fee pursuant to this section be more than 60 percent of the examination fee. The imposition of or payment of the penalty imposed by this section shall not prevent the imposition of any other penalty prescribed by this code or prosecution for violation of this chapter. (Ord. 29 § 1, 1981; CC § 68.443)

 

8.64.040 Annual registration fee – Ten percent penalty for delinquency.

In addition to the examination fee provided in PMC 8.64.020, there is imposed an annual registration fee upon each person registered as a septic tank or cesspool cleaner under the provisions of Chapter 6, Division 20 of the Health and Safety Code of the State. Said registration fee shall be established by City Council resolution from time to time and shall be paid to the Health Officer as set forth in PMC 8.20.080. (Ord. 683 § 36, 2008; Ord. 67 § 1, 1982; CC Ord. 6378 § 29, 1982; Ord. 29 § 1, 1981; CC § 68.444)

 

8.64.050 Vehicle registration fee – Ten percent penalty for delinquency.

There is imposed an annual registration fee, as shall be established by City Council resolution from time to time, for each seepage pumping vehicle. Said registration fee shall be paid to the Health Officer as set forth in PMC 8.20.080. (Ord. 683 § 37, 2008; Ord. 67 § 1, 1982; CC Ord. 6378 § 30, 1982; Ord. 29 § 1, 1981; CC § 68.444a)

 

8.64.060 Equipment standards.

A. All trucks used in the transportation and collection of sewage shall be in good mechanical condition and otherwise maintained in an overall reasonable state of good repair. Said trucks shall have the name, address, and phone number of the permittee displayed on both sides of the vehicle, in letters not less than three inches high. Such lettering shall be permanently affixed to the vehicle by painting, permanent decal, or other method approved by the Department of Health Services.

B. Trucks used exclusively for pumping and servicing chemical toilets shall have a minimum tank capacity of 150 gallons. Trucks used for pumping and servicing cesspools, septic tanks, and seepage pits shall have a minimum tank capacity of 1,000 gallons.

C. Trucks used in the transportation and collection of sewage shall have closed, leakproof steel tanks with watertight main valves. Each truck shall have an approved pumping system operated by manifold vacuum, power takeoff, or auxiliary engine.

D. Vacuum hose shall be maintained in a leakproof condition. (Ord. 29 § 1, 1981; CC § 68.444b)

 

8.64.070 Fees deposited in treasury.

All sums received by the Health Officer as fees or charges pursuant to this chapter shall be forthwith deposited with the County Treasurer for the use and benefit of the County. (Ord. 29 § 1, 1981; CC § 68.445)

 

8.64.080 Examination of equipment.

The Health Officer shall examine all equipment used in processing septic tanks, cesspools and seepage pits owned or under the control of each person regulated under the provisions of this chapter at regular intervals not to exceed 90 days after said permit is granted. (Ord. 29 § 1, 1981; CC § 68.446)

 

8.64.090 Reports to Health Officer.

Whenever a person cleans a septic tank or cesspool, he shall notify the Health Officer or his duly authorized representative upon the form adopted by the Director of Public Health. Said form shall contain information such as location of septic tanks, cesspools, and seepage pits, location of the disposal site, where sewage effluent or other material has been finally disposed of, or any other information which the Health Officer may require. (Ord. 29 § 1, 1981; CC § 68.447)

 

8.64.100 Dumping sites.

No waste shall be deposited in any location other than those approved in writing by the Health Officer. (Ord. 29 § 1, 1981; CC § 68.448)

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