Chapter 14.44
PRIVATE SEWERS

Sections:

14.44.010    When private sewer permitted.

14.44.020    Certain conforming private systems permissible.

14.44.030    Repealed.

14.44.040    Permit to be obtained through construction.

14.44.050    Inspection of private systems.

14.44.060    General requirements.

14.44.070    Maintenance.

14.44.090    Health requirements additional.

14.44.010 When private sewer permitted.

Where a public sanitary or combined sewer is not available within 200 feet from any proposed building or exterior drainage facility under the provisions of LMC 14.12.042, the building sewer may be connected to a private sewage disposal system complying with the provisions of this title; but, in any event, the building sewer shall be connected with either a public or private sewage disposal system. (Ord. 147 § 4.01, 1963)

14.44.020 Certain conforming private systems permissible.

Any property that was served by a private sewage system on January 22, 1963, may legally continue to be served by such system if no public sewer is available within 200 feet from any proposed building or exterior drainage facility, if such system meets the standards of this title, and if the owner secured a private sewer permit for such system within 90 days of January 22, 1963. (Ord. 147 § 4.02, 1963)

14.44.030 Private systems to be discontinued when public sewer is available.

Repealed by Ord. 2665. (Ord. 147 § 4.03, 1963)

14.44.040 Permit to be obtained through construction.

Before commencement of construction or abandonment of a private sewage disposal system, the owner, his agent, or his sewer contractor shall first obtain a written private sewer permit signed by the director of public works. The private sewer permit application shall be submitted to the department of public works for processing as required by LMC 2.44.040. The cost for such permit shall be as shown in Chapter 3.104 LMC. (Ord. 2656 §§ 1, 2, 2006; Ord. 2241 § 15, 1999; Ord. 2076 § 16, 1996; Ord. 781 § 38, 1975; Ord. 147 § 4.04, 1963)

14.44.050 Inspection of private systems.

A private sewage disposal system shall not be operated until the installation is completed in accordance with the requirements of this title. The director of public works may inspect the work at any stage of construction and, in any event, the applicant for the permit shall notify the director of public works when the work is ready for final inspection, and before any underground portions are covered. The final inspection shall be made within two business days of the receipt of the notice by the director of public works whenever possible. When the work is properly completed, the director of public works shall give approval for the system to be used. (Ord. 781 § 40, 1975; Ord. 147 § 4.06, 1963)

14.44.060 General requirements.

Type, capacities, location, and layout of a private sewage disposal system shall comply with all ordinances of the city of Lynnwood and Washington State Department of Health Bulletin, E.S. No. 1, and Snohomish County health district. Field tests and a site survey shall be made before any permit is issued for any private sewage disposal system. No permit shall be issued for any private sewage disposal system employing subsurface soil absorption facilities where the area of the lot will not allow complete absorption of such septic tank effluent as may reasonably be expected from the uses permitted by applicable zoning restriction and from the proposed uses of the property. No septic tank or cesspool shall be permitted to discharge to any public sewer or natural outlet, nor shall it be located less than 10 feet from the property line of the lot it serves. (Ord. 802 § 1, 1975; Ord. 147 § 4.07, 1963)

14.44.070 Maintenance.

The owner of any private sewage disposal system shall operate and maintain it in a sanitary manner at all times. If the private sewage disposal system is operated and maintained in an unsanitary manner, the director of public works, after due notice to the owner and a reasonable time given under the circumstances to correct the deficiency, may revoke the permit. When the deficiency is corrected, a new permit may be issued upon submission of a new application, payment of the application fee, and compliance with the other applicable requirements of LMC 14.44.040. Where soil becomes saturated and is not capable of holding effluent, the owner of the property shall connect to the public sewer. (Ord. 781 § 41, 1975; Ord. 147 § 4.08, 1963)

14.44.090 Health requirements additional.

The requirements of this title are additional to those imposed by the city or Snohomish County health officer under applicable statutes, regulations, and ordinances. (Ord. 147 § 409, 1963)