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Proposed Rules for Refunds of Sewer Connection and Repair Permit Fees

Public Comments Requested

The City of Portland Bureau of Environmental Services (BES) is seeking public comments on proposed administrative rules governing refunds of fees paid for BES work associated with sewer connection and repair permits. Portland City Code (PCC) section 17.32.100 E acknowledges that certain situations may warrant refunds of permit fees and requires BES to adopt administrative rules that establish criteria for issuing refunds of sewer connection and repair permit fees. Temporary rules adopted in July 2014 lay out these criteria and associated requirements, and the present rulemaking proposes permanent rules to replace the temporary ones. BES proposes no significant substantive changes compared to the temporary rules and instead aims to provide the public with greater clarity of refund criteria and requirements. The proposed rules also support efficient use of ratepayer dollars.

As proposed, the rules authorize BES to refund up to 80% of fees paid for a permit for a new connection or repair if any one of several specified conditions exist. In addition, the proposed rules contain provisions related to administrative review processes and timelines that will facilitate consistency with other BES rules. Finally, the proposed rules set the requirements for submitting a permit fee refund request to BES.

The proposed rules and a fact sheet with more details are available for download below. BES will accept public comment on this proposal from 8 a.m. on Monday, March 5, 2018 through 5 p.m. Friday, April 6, 2018.

BES will hold a public hearing by request only from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Monday, March 26, 2018 in the Lovejoy Room on the second floor of City Hall, 1221 SW 4th Ave., Portland, OR 97204. BES will cancel the tentative hearing if it receives no hearing request by 5 p.m. Monday, March 19, 2018 and notice will be posted on this page. A person may request a hearing by sending an email to or calling 503-823-7767.

Please send comments, concerns, or questions to Rachele Altman at or call 503-823-7767.

Comments must be received by 5 p.m. Friday, April 6, 2018.