Types of Party Sewers
Two or more private sewer laterals that join in a single pipe before connecting to the public sewer in the public right-of-way are known as party sewers.
With a party sewer, at least one of the private sewer laterals crosses into a neighboring property to join in a single pipe that connects to the public sewer line.
When a private lateral crosses a neighbor's property line before connecting to the sewer, it is a nonconforming sewer connection.
It's not uncommon for property owners with nonconforming sewer connections to be unaware of the problem. The best way to find out is to hire a private plumber to scope your private sewer lateral. The charge for this service typically ranges from $100 to $200. Make sure the plumber gives you a DVD* recording of the scope.
Party Sewer with Public Sewer Available
In the diagrams on this page, the property connected directly to the public sewer is the host property. Properties without a direct connection to the public sewer are guest properties.
Party Sewer with No Public Sewer Available
Many properties with party sewer connections have access to a
public sewer, but in some cases no public sewer line is directly
available to the guest properties.
*DVD copies cannot be returned.