Chapter 14.16
BUILDING SEWERS AND CONNECTIONS

Sections:

14.16.010    Tampering with sewers prohibited without permit.

14.16.015    Ownership of laterals and side sewers.

14.16.020    Repealed.

14.16.022    Permit for installation.

14.16.024    Sewer main installation permit required.

14.16.030    Repealed.

14.16.032    Side sewer for adjoining properties.

14.16.040    Costs to be borne by owners.

14.16.050    Separate sewers required – Exception.

14.16.060    Existing sewers must conform.

14.16.065    Standards for installation – Restoration of streets.

14.16.070    Repealed.

14.16.110    Size and slope.

14.16.120    Location – Direction of flow.

14.16.130    Backwater valve.

14.16.135    Repealed.

14.16.140    Artificial lifts.

14.16.150    Inspection required – When to be made.

14.16.160    Types of connections permitted.

14.16.170    Control manholes.

14.16.180    Payment of connection charges.

14.16.200    Failure to pay connection charges.

14.16.210    Discontinuance of water service authorized.

14.16.220    Sewer capping – Permit required.

14.16.010 Tampering with sewers prohibited without permit.

No person not a city employee shall uncover, make any connections with or opening into, use, alter or disturb any public sewer or appurtenances thereof without first obtaining a written permit or permits from the public works department. Said permit or permits should be posted in a conspicuous place on the property during performance of work and may not be removed until work is approved by the city. (Ord. 781 § 12, 1975; Ord. 147 § 5.01, 1963)

14.16.015 Ownership of laterals and side sewers.

All service lateral sewers shall be deemed the property of the city, and the city shall be responsible for the maintenance of the same. All side sewers shall be the property of the property owner, and shall be maintained by him at his sole expense. (Ord. 1706 § 14.90.910, 1989; Ord. 127 § 11, 1962)

14.16.020 Repealed.

Repealed by Ord. 1706.

14.16.022 Permit for installation.

A permit for the installation of a side sewer shall be obtained from the director. If a service lateral is not available at the property line, the owner shall install at his own expense a service lateral. A permit shall be obtained from the director for such service lateral. Application for said permits shall be made upon forms supplied by the city in such detail as may be required by the director, and shall be processed by the department of public works as required by LMC 2.44.040. The permit card issued must be posted in some conspicuous place at or near the site of the work at all times during the performance of the work and until completion and approval of the work by the director. No permit shall be issued until the connection charge set forth in Chapter 14.51 LMC has been paid to the city. (Ord. 2241 § 13, 1999; Ord. 2076 § 12, 1996; Ord. 1706, 1989)

14.16.024 Sewer main installation permit required.

New development may necessitate the installation of new sewer mains. The developer shall apply for a sewer main installation permit. The sewer main installation permit application shall be submitted to the department of public works for processing as required by LMC 2.44.040. (Ord. 2076 § 13, 1996)

14.16.030 Repealed.

Repealed by Ord. 1706.

14.16.032 Side sewer for adjoining properties.

Upon approval of the director, two or more adjoining property owners may agree to service their respective lands through one side sewer. In such event there shall be a permit fee as shown in Chapter 3.104 LMC. A joint easement of the property owners sharing a common line side sewer shall be filed with the Snohomish County auditor’s office, and proof of the recorded easement shall be presented to the city prior to issuance of a permit for connection to the POTW. (Ord. 2656 §§ 1, 2, 2006; Ord. 1706, 1989)

14.16.040 Costs to be borne by owners.

All costs and expense incident to the installation and connection of the building sewer shall be borne by the owner. The owner or applicant of the premises in question shall indemnify the city against any loss or damage that may directly or indirectly be occasioned by the installation of the building sewer. (Ord. 147 § 5.04, 1963)

14.16.050 Separate sewers required – Exception.

The building sewer of each new building and of new work installed in any existing building shall be separate and independent from that of any other building and when available, every building shall have an independent connection with a public or private sewer.

Exception: where one building stands in the rear of another building on an interior lot, and no private sewer is available or can be constructed to the rear building through an adjoining court, yard or driveway, the building sewer from the front building may be extended to the rear building. (Ord. 781 § 15, 1975; Ord. 147 § 5.05, 1963)

14.16.060 Existing sewers must conform.

Existing building sewers may be used in connection with new buildings or new plumbing only when they are found on examination and/or test to conform in all respects to the requirements governing new work, and the proper administrative authority shall notify the owner to make any changes necessary. (Ord. 781 § 16, 1975)

14.16.065 Standards for installation – Restoration of streets.

All excavations for building sewer or service lateral installation shall be guarded with barricades and lights as are reasonably adequate to protect the public from accident and injury. Streets, sidewalks, parkways and other public property disturbed, in the course of work, shall be restored in a manner satisfactory to the director. Standards for installation of side sewer and service laterals shall be those set forth in the Uniform Plumbing Code adopted by the city, the WSDOT and APWA Standard Specifications for Roads, Bridge and Municipal Construction, current edition or such other regulations as the city council may from time-to-time adopt. (Ord. 1706, 1989)

14.16.070 Repealed.

Repealed by Ord. 1706.

14.16.110 Size and slope.

The size and slope of the building sewer shall be subject to the approval of the director. In no event shall the diameter be less than four inches. The slope of such four-inch pipe shall be not less than one-quarter inch per foot as approved by the director. (Ord. 1706, 1989; Ord. 781 § 27, 1975; Ord. 147 § 6.02, 1963)

14.16.120 Location – Direction of flow.

Whenever possible the building sewer shall be brought to the building at an elevation below the basement floor. No building sewer shall be laid parallel to or within 24 inches of any bearing wall, which might thereby be weakened. The depth shall be sufficient to afford protection from frost or freezing. The building sewer shall be laid at uniform grade and in straight alignment insofar as possible. Changes in direction shall be made only with properly curved pipe and fittings. (Ord. 1706 § 14.90.910, 1989; Ord. 147 § 6.03, 1963)

14.16.130 Backwater valve.

An approved backwater valve shall be installed in the building sewer of any newly constructed, or remodeled nonresidential and multifamily residential building and in any newly constructed single-family residential building in an accessible location. An approved clean-out must be included and located between the backwater valve and the sewer main. The director is authorized to adopt regulations on approved backwater valves, clean-outs, location and installation. (Ord. 2031 § 2, 1995; Ord. 1706 § 14.90.910, 1989; Ord. 147 § 6.04, 1963)

14.16.135 Authority to require backwater installation to existing building.

Repealed by Ord. 2031.

14.16.140 Artificial lifts.

In all buildings in which any building drain is too low to permit gravity flow to the public sewer, sewage carried by such a drain shall be lifted by artificial means approved by the director of public works and discharged into the building sewer. (Ord. 1706 § 14.90.910, 1989; Ord. 781 § 2, 1975; Ord. 147 § 6.05, 1963)

14.16.150 Inspection required – When to be made.

The applicant for the building sewer permit shall notify the director of public works when the building sewer is ready for inspection. The building sewer shall be inspected and certified by the public works department before the pipe is covered. (Ord. 1706 § 14.90.910, 1989; Ord. 781 § 29, 1975; Ord. 147 § 7.01, 1963)

14.16.160 Types of connections permitted.

Connecting building sewer to public sewer shall be made at the wye branch if such branch is available at a suitable location. Where a tee or wye branch is not available, the city shall provide a connection point at the main at the owner’s expense. (Ord. 1706 § 14.90.910, 1989; Ord. 781 § 30, 1975; Ord. 147 § 7.02, 1963)

14.16.170 Control manholes.

When required by the director of public works, the owner of any property served by a building sewer carrying industrial wastes shall install a suitable control manhole in the building sewer to facilitate observation, sampling and measurement of the wastes. Such manhole, when required, shall be accessibly and safely located and shall be constructed in accordance with plans approved by the director of public works. The manhole shall be installed by the owner at his expense, and shall be maintained by him so as to be safe and accessible at all times. (Ord. 1706 § 14.90.910, 1989; Ord. 781 § 2, 1975; Ord. 147 § 12.01, 1963)

14.16.180 Payment of connection charges.

The owner or occupant of every dwelling or other building required to be connected to the municipal sanitary sewerage system by the provisions of this chapter shall pay to the utility department a connection charge as set forth in Chapter 14.51 LMC. (Ord. 1706 § 14.90.910, 1989; Ord. 781 § 23, 1975; Ord. 660 § 2, 1972; Ord. 183, 1963; Ord. 141, 1962; Ord. 127 § 9, 1962)

14.16.200 Failure to pay connection charges.

If any owner, agent or occupant fails or neglects to pay the connection charges provided in this title when due, the same shall be deemed to be delinquent, and subject to a penalty charge in the amount of six percent thereof. The entire amount, including penalties, shall draw interest at the rate of seven percent per year from the date of delinquency until paid. Any such total charge, inclusive of penalties and interest, shall constitute a lien upon the premises, which lien shall be enforced in the manner prescribed by the laws of state of Washington. (Ord. 1706 § 14.90.910, 1989; Ord. 781 § 24, 1975; Ord. 127 § 10, 1962)

14.16.210 Discontinuance of water service authorized.

Whenever the owner or occupant of any premises restrains authorized city employees from having necessary access to such premises, water service may be discontinued. (Ord. 1706 § 14.90.910, 1989; Ord. 147 § 13.03, 1963)

14.16.220 Sewer capping – Permit required.

An owner may request that a side sewer that is no longer needed to serve a building be capped. The owner shall apply for a sewer capping permit. The sewer capping permit application shall be submitted to the department of public works for processing as required by LMC 2.44.040. Sewer capping fees shall be as shown in Chapter 3.104 LMC. (Ord. 2656 §§ 1, 2, 2006; Ord. 2076 § 14, 1996)