Chapter 13.32


13.32.010    Short title.

13.32.020    Enabling law.

13.32.030    Definitions.

13.32.040    Connection charges.

13.32.041    Additional connection charge.

13.32.050    Residential unit--service charge.

13.32.060    Type of connection--Units of service.

13.32.070    Rules--Changeable by resolution.

13.32.170    Use of proceeds.

*    For statutory provisions authorizing cities to prescribe and collect fees for sewer service, see Health & Safety Code §5471.

13.32.010 Short title.

This chapter shall be known and may be cited as the Greenfield sewer service and connection charge ordinance. (Ord. 111 §101, 1969).

13.32.020 Enabling law.

The ordinance codified in this chapter is adopted pursuant to Chapter 11, Division 3, Title 4 of the Government Code, Article 4, Chapter 6, Part 3, Division 5 of the Health and Safety Code, and Section 11 of Article XI of the Constitution of the state of California. (Ord. 111 §102, 1969).

13.32.030 Definitions.

A.    "Administrator" means the city administrator.

B.    "Applicant" means the person making application for a permit for a sewer or plumbing installation and shall be the owner of the premises to be served by the sewer for which a permit is requested, or his authorized agent.

C.    "Bathroom" means a room containing a toilet.

D.    "Building" means any structure used for a residence, place of business, recreation or other purpose of human habitation.

E.    "Building sewer" means that portion of any sewer beginning at the plumbing or drainage outlet of any building and running to the lateral sewer at or near the property line.

F.    "Clerk" means the city clerk.

G.    "Engineer" means the city engineer.

H.    "Garbage" means solid wastes from the preparation, cooking and dispensing of food and from the handling, storage and sale of produce.

I.    "Lateral sewer" means the portion of a sewer lying within a public street connecting a building sewer to the main sewer.

J.    "Permit" means any written authorization required pursuant to this or any other regulation of the city for the installation of any sewer.

K.    "Person" means any human being, individual, firm, company, partnership, association and private or public or municipal corporation, the United States of America, the state of California, district or any political subdivision, government agency or mandatory thereof.

L.    "Premises" means a single-family dwelling, duplex, triplex, quadplex, apartment house, commercial building, industrial building or other structure used or useful for the habitation or other occupancy of human beings.

M.    "Public sewer" means a sewer lying wi thin a street and which is controlled by or under the jurisdiction of the city.

N.    "Residential unit equivalent" means the calculated proportional equivalent of wastewater flows and loads for a single-family residence.

O.    "Sanitary sewer" means a sewer which carries sanitary sewage, to which storm and surface waters and groundwaters are not intentionally admitted.

P.    "Sewage" means a combination of water-carried wastes from residences, business buildings, public buildings, institutions and industrial establishments.

Q.    "Sewage treatment plant" means any arrangement of devices and structures used for treating sewage.

R.    "Sewer" means a pipe or conduit for carrying sewage.

S.    "Sewerage works" means all facilities for collecting, pumping, treating and disposing of sewage.

T.    "Sewer superintendent" means the person designated to perform service relating to the operation of the sewerage works.

U.    "Side sewer" means the sewer line beginning at the house outlet and terminating at the main sewer and includes the building sewer and lateral sewer.

V.    "Street" means any public highway, road, street, avenue, alley, way, public place, public easement or rightof-way. (Ord. 215 §1, 1979; Ord. 111 §§201--225, 1969).

13.32.040 Connection charges.

The following connection charges are established and shall be collected at the time of issuing the application for a sewer connection or, in the event of alteration of use of existing premises, the connection charges shall be paid prior to the issuance of a building permit for the alteration of the premises. The charges shall be as follows:

A.    For single-family residential units the connection charge shall be seven hundred dollars.

B.    For multiple-residential units and commercial, industrial and other uses, or uses discharging sewage of unusual strength or characteristics, the connection charge shall be determined by the city manager, based on residential unit equivalents comparable to those utilized in computing the sewer service charges as hereinafter provided.

C.    Alteration of Use. The connection charges herein established are applicable to the use presently made of existing structures and the proposed use of new structures at the time the connection permit is issued. In the event of alteration of the building or of additional uses of the sewer facilities other than those for which the connection charge was originally established, additional charges shall be paid for the added residential units or their equivalents at the connection charge rate in effect at the time such alterations or additions are made. (Ord. 215 §2, 1979: Ord. 186 §2, 1976: Ord. 111 §601, 1969).

13.32.041 Additional connection charge:

The city council by resolution may set a connection charge in addition to that specified in Section 13.32.040 for specific areas within the city. Such charges shall set forth the area of the city it applies to, the amount of additional connection charge, the basis for establishing the amount of additional connection charge and the duration of the charge. (Ord. 208 §4, 1978).

13.32.050 Residential unit--Service charge.

A minimum service charge of five dollars per month per sewer connection is established for each residential unit of sewer service. Partial residential units beyond the minimum service shall be charged a percentage share of the minimum residential unit charge in addition to the minimum service charge. (Ord. 215 §3, 1979: Ord. 186 §3, 1976: Ord. 111 §701, 1969).

13.32.060 Type of connection--Units of service.

The following units of service are fixed and established for the following classifications of types of property and use:



Single-family dwellings    

1 residential unit

Apartments and multiple-family dwellings    

1 residential unit per apartment for the first three and 0.6 residential unit for each additional apartment

Motel and hotel, auto courts, trailer parks, and mobile home parks    

1 residential unit and 0.4 residential unit for each over 1

Restaurants, taverns and banquet rooms    

1 residential unit for each 20 seats

Stores, meeting rooms, offices, general business and laundromats    

1 residential unit for each 15 fixture units*


1 residential unit per 20 students average daily attendance

Service stations with car wash    

8 residential units

Car wash independent of other facilities    

7 residential units

Other not listed and industrial wastes or premises with usual sewage strength    

To be determined by city manager based on equivalent residential unit use

*    Fixture units are defined in the Uniform Plumbing Code, as from time to time adopted by reference in Chapter 15.04 of this code.

(Ord. 298 §1, 1984: Ord. 279 §1, 1983: Ord. 215 §4, 1979: Ord. 186 §4, 1976: Ord. 111 §702, 1969).

13.32.070 Rates--Changeable by resolution.

Rates for sewer service and service connection charges may be changed from time to time by resolution of the city council. (Ord. 275 §1, 1983).

13.32.170 Use of proceeds:

The proceeds of the sewer charges and connection charges established hereunder shall be used for the acquisition, construction, reconstruction, maintenance and operation of sewerage works, to repay principal and interest on bonds issued for the construction or reconstruction of sewerage works, and to repay federal or state loans or advances made to the city for the construction or reconstruction of sewerage works, provided, however, that such proceeds shall not be used for the acquisition or construction of new local street sewers or laterals as distinguished from main trunk, interceptor and outfall sewers. (Ord. 111 §801, 1969).