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17.33.030 Sewer Connection Mandated.

(Amended by Ordinance No. 185397, effective July 6, 2012.)

A.  Applicability.  Properties having development that generates or may generate sanitary waste must decommission onsite sewage disposal systems and connect to the public sewer when:

1.  The development is not completely connected to a public sewer system;

2.  A public sewer is immediately available without the need for further sewer extension; and

3.  A sewer branch has been provided to curb closest to the property line or property line.

B.  Timing.  Properties that meet these criteria must be connected to a public sewer within three years of when notice being sent to the property owner or legal title holder of the immediate availability of the public sewer system, the requirement to connect, and the time limit for connection.  Four additional notices of the connection requirement will be sent at least 360, 180, 90 and 30 days prior to the date of the connection deadline.

C.  Location.  All connections shall be made along a route of service approved by the Director.

D.   Any construction for which a building permit is required under the terms of Title 24 of this Code and which meets the requirements of Subsection A. above, shall connect to the public sewer system prior to the issuance of a final inspection report or Certificate of Occupancy by the authorized City agency.

E.  Proof of the sewer connection shall be by documents of the City, by proof provided by the property owner, or development of physical evidence or inspection.  The sufficiency or adequacy of any proof presented shall be left to the sole discretion of the Director.

F.   Three (3) years from notification of the requirement to connect, a property that has not connected becomes connection delinquent and is subject to proceedings to compel connection to the public sewer system.

G.  When property subject to the requirement imposed by this Section is sold and has less than 180 days remaining in the three-year connection period referred to above is sold, the new owner may enter into an agreement with the City to extend the time to connect to the public sewer system for 180 days from the date of the sale of the property.  In the event a new owner elects to enter into an agreement, said election shall constitute a waiver of the right to the administrative review provided for in Section 17.33.100.  As used herein, the term “sale” includes every disposition or transfer including the transfer of equitable title or legal title to real property.