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  • 1. You own your lateral from where it connects to the public sewer main, all the way to your building.

         Code Reference Table
  • 2. Videos of your lateral are required in the following instances:

          - Escrow
          - Additions/remodels*/ADU connections
          - New Building
          - When there are more than 2 overflows within a 12-month period. 

          * A remodel in this case is any remodel requiring a non-over-the-counter building permit.
          * Videos must be in MP4, MPG or MWV format with file size limit of 5 GB.


    Code Reference Table     Lateral Inspection Report Form     Lateral Inspection Additional Observation Log

  • 3. You are responsible for maintaining and repairing your lateral. This includes:

          - Cleaning (i.e. removing grease, sediments, roots)
          - Fixing leaks, cracks, inflow or infiltration of extraneous water,
            root intrusion, open joints, excessive sags, breaks, and blockages.
          - Installing backflow devices
          - Inspection to assure proper operation
    Code Reference Table
  • 4. If a sanitary sewer overflow occurs, the cost of material and labor for stopping the overflows shall be paid by the property owner.
  • 5. How to obtain a sanitary sewer lateral permit:
    • If you are in one of Santa Cruz County's service areas, then you will obtain your sewer lateral permit at 701 Ocean Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060, 4th floor Room 410. Ask for sanitation assistance at the Public Works front desk.

      Once you obtain your permit, you will need a final inspection by a County Inspector. To schedule an inspection please call the Hot Line (831) 454-2895 and leave a message. Your call will be returned within 24 hours.
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