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17.32.040 Types of Permits and Reviews.

The Director has established a permitting system to review, approve and enforce proposals to access, use, connect, modify, repair or remove components of the City sewer, storm sewer and drainage system. BES administrative rules identify application submittal requirements, permit issuance decision-making, inspection, bond, and warranty requirements. In general, the Director authorizes the following permits, reviews, and authorizations:

A.  Access and system use permits for limited use of sewer systems for monitoring, sampling or other non-structural activity;

B.  Encroachment reviews for City sewer and drainage systems and their easements, including both temporary staging and permanent structural modifications;

C.  Connection permits for new laterals or permanent routing of any discharges to the City sewer, storm sewer or drainage system;

D.  Public works permits for construction, modification, repair or removal of a component to the City sewer, storm sewer or drainage system; and

E.  Pre-issuance reviews on projects in the vicinity of City sewer, storm sewer and drainage systems that are required to obtain other City permits or authorizations to conduct work.

F.   Authorization the activities described in Section 17.32.030 through a binding contract or other legally binding agreement or a BES discharge permit or authorization.

G.  The BES Chief Engineer may refuse to issue a permit if:

1.  In the judgment of the BES Chief Engineer, the proposed work or activity is not suitable in the circumstances or will not be consistent with or protective of existing or proposed public sewer, storm sewer or drainage improvements or activities in the immediate vicinity;

2.  The application is not modified as the BES Chief Engineer deems necessary; 

3.  The City Engineer has not issued a street opening permit if the public sewer or drainage improvement or proposed work or activity is occurring or will occur within a public right-of-way or area to be designated as a public right-of-way;

4.  The application is to repair, replace or upgrade an existing private sewer or drainage system that is nonconforming; or

5.  The requirements of any previously issued permit have not been met including the payment of delinquent fees or City charges.