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17.32.030 Permit Required.

A.  It is unlawful for any person to take the following actions without first obtaining authorization from the Director and approval from the BES Chief Engineer via permit, contract or other legal agreement and paying applicable fees:

1.  Access any City sewer or drainage system component;

2.  Encroach into a City sewer easement;

3.  Dig up, break into, excavate, disturb, dig under, or undermine any public street or City sewer easement for the purpose of laying or working upon any City or private sewer or drainage improvement of any kind;

4.  Make connection with, obstruct or interfere with the City sewer, storm sewer or drainage system;

5.  Cut, break, connect, modify or remove any component of the City sewer or drainage system;

6.  Direct water, from any source, on private property to run onto any City sidewalk, street, easement or right of way. 

B.  In the case of the need for emergency repair to a City sewer, storm sewer or drainage system component to protect public health, safety or the environment, the person making the repair may commence work without first obtaining a permit provided that:

1.  The person immediately notifies the City of the need for repair;

2.  Any emergency repair work is limited to what is needed to remove the emergency situation as deemed necessary by BES Chief Engineer;

3.  The work is performed in compliance with standard City construction specifications, the Sewer and Drainage Facilities Design Manual, and the Stormwater Management Manual; and

4.  The person making repairs files an application for a BES permit within three business days of the emergency and complies with all permit conditions and pays all applicable fees.

C.  Repair of nonconforming sewers located in public right-of-way or a City easement is prohibited unless the BES Chief Engineer determines that it is in the public interest to allow the nonconforming system to remain.

D.  The Portland Bureau of Transportation may require a permit and approval from the BES Chief Engineer to construct and attach drainage improvements to the City sewer, storm sewer and drainage system as needed to provide stormwater drainage for public streets.

E.  Except as otherwise allowed by the Director, it is unlawful for any person to allow or cause a connection that will result in the discharge of sanitary sewage into a City storm sewer and drainage system.

F.  Except as otherwise allowed by the Director, it is unlawful for any person to allow or cause a connection that will result in the discharge of storm drainage, collected groundwater or other water to a public sewer designated by the BES Chief Engineer to be used solely for sanitary sewage.