If the property is a 3 unit or more residential dwelling or a business or commercial entity, the property owner is solely responsible for making repairs or replacing the building sewer from the building to the public sewer main. A company licensed with the City as a drainlayer is required to do the work. The current list of drainlayer can be found here:
In addition, a revised sewer permit is required and can be obtained in the Engineering office. If construction must occur beyond the property line and in the sidewalk or street, a Street Opening Permit is needed and can be obtained in the Engineering office.
If the property is a single family or two family home, the property owner is responsible for making repairs or replacing the building sewer from the building to the property line. The City may assist the property owner if there is evidence of a structural failure in the building sewer pipe beyond the property line into the City Right of Way. In order to show evidence of a structural failure:
A camera inspection of good visual quality with a linear footage counter by a plumber must be submitted to Engineering for review. Linear footage is required to determine where the issue is located in the pipe.
If the issue is on private property, the cost to repair or replace the sewer is at the property owner’s expense.
If a structural failure or collapse of the pipe is located beyond the property line in the right of way, the City may make the necessary repair. The cost for the repair in the right of way is $600 and is only permitted one time per street address, and a revised sewer permit is needed. This repair will be scheduled based on the availability of City construction crews. The property may also choose to hire a drainlayer to make the repairs at their expenses.
If the building sewer connects to a public sewer main in an easement and not in the street, the repair is solely the responsibility of the property owner.