Private Sewer Lateral Compliance Policy

Effective October 1, 2006

Under federal law, the City of Berkeley must reduce the amount of water flowing into its sewer system.  Half of the water that enters the City's sewer during wet weather comes from private property sewer lines, downspouts and yard area drains.  To protect the water quality of our creeks, watersheds and the San Francisco Bay, the City recently passed Ordinance No. 7200-N.S. repealing and reenacting Chapter 17.24 of the Berkeley Municipal Code regulating private sewer lines and amending Section 17.16.010 concerning installation of sewer laterals.

You may be affected by this new law if you are planning to either:

After October 1, 2006, you must comply with certain requirements and obtain Sewer Lateral Certificates in order to proceed with property sales that close on or after this date, and remodeling projects that meet these thresholds.

Do You Comply?  The City will issue a Sewer Lateral Certificate if you can provide one of the following:

If you do NOT comply, you may need to take further actions, such as having your lateral inspected and possibly repairing it as necessary. If you have questions about this new law, please follow the links below for more information.

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You may also call City staff for further information at 510) 981-6423, TDD (510) 981-6903.