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Schedule a free 15-minute meeting with a construction, zoning and development expert. Ask questions about building permit submittal requirements and zoning. Get help with the permit process, ask zoning requirements questions, building codes and more. Language access is available.
Spanning 20 years at a ratepayer investment of $1.4 billion, the Big Pipe Project has reduced combined sewer overflows to the Willamette River by 94 percent and to the Columbia Slough by 99 percent. With most overflows eliminated, the Willamette is cleaner than it’s been in decades.
The City of Portland code requires individual properties to have direct and independent connections to the public sewer. However, the City may accept or adopt a private sewer line in the right-of-way serving residential properties under certain conditions.
Apply for a loan from Environmental Services to finance system development, line, branch, or sewer conversion charges. Loans can also cover the cost of paying a qualified contractor to connect a building or manufactured home to the public sewer system or replace a nonconforming sewer connection.
Apply for and receive your UC Permit by email. Environmental Services issues UC Permits that are required for private lateral connections to public sewer laterals or mains. See the Guide to UR and UC Permits for more details.
Apply for and receive a UR Permit by email. Environmental Services issues UR Permits for lateral repairs in the right-of-way (ROW), typically from property line to curb. See the Guide to UR and UC Permits for more details. Development Services issues permits for private property sewer work.
The City may accept or adopt a private sewer line in the right-of-way serving residential properties under certain conditions. To request that the City of Portland consider accepting or adopting your private sewer line in the public right-of-way, follow the steps on this page.
Environmental Services provides sewer service within the City of Portland. Properties outside the City of Portland limits may qualify for City sewer services if they are within the Portland Urban Services Boundary (USB). This page provides guidance on connecting to the sewer from outside the City.
This page lists phone numbers for development managers and supervisors at Contact Managers and Supervisors
Most developed properties in Portland are connected to the public sewer system, but some properties still use private septic systems. Learn more about when septic systems are allowed and when properties on septic might be required to connect to the City sewer.
To be eligible to participate in the Environmental Services Submeter Program a business must submit a completed application.
In addition to Portland's bureaus of Transportation and Water, Environmental Services maintains a list of approved, commonly-used construction products for use within the public right-of-way. Find the current list and learn more about the construction product approval process.
Environmental Service offers loans to property owners to finance system development, line, branch, or sewer conversion charges, as well as the cost of hiring a qualified contractor to connect a building, motor home, or recreational vehicle to the City sewer or replace a nonconforming sewer.
The Submeter Program is for business customers who discharge a volume of water to the sewer significantly more or less than the incoming water. Customers install submeters on their business’ internal plumbing to accurately measure and bill for water that is discharged to the sewer.
When you repair a sewer lateral or need a new connection to the public sewer system either in the right-of-way or in a public easement, a permit is needed. This guide provides sewer contractors and property owners information about Environmental Services' UR and UC Permits.
When you receive notice that sewer is available in your area or that you have a nonconforming sewer, you may be required to connect to the sewer branch at your property line or install a sewer lateral from your property to the public sewer. This page has resources to help you through that process.
Most properties in Portland are connected to the City sewer system, but some still use private septic systems. Environmental Services builds new sewer mains to serve more properties and protect the environment. When this happens, property owners may receive a Required Sewer Connection Notice.
The Bureau of Environmental Services maintains the Manufacturing Standards for Precast Concrete Products manual. The manual covers the requirements for the manufacture of precast concrete pipe, maintenance holes, and inlets for use in City of Portland infrastructure projects.
This page details the sanitary sewer service options that are available to builders and developers who are considering Middle Housing Land Division (MHLD) projects in Portland.
The City of Portland code requires individual properties to have direct and independent connections to the public sewer. Typically, a nonconforming sewer property does not have a separate lateral connection to the City's sewer, or the property's lateral crosses another property's lot.
A public sewer easement grants the City rights to construct, maintain, and access public sewer or storm assets located on private property while allowing and restricting certain activities. The City reviews easement encroachments and quitclaims to ensure they don't interfere with the City's rights.
Environmental Services delivers sanitary sewer and stormwater services to Portland residents and businesses. Rates and charges are based on the cost of providing services.
The Sewer and Drainage Facilities Design Manual is maintained by the Bureau of Environmental Services and provides information for City staff, consultants, contractors, designers, and others who plan, design, construct, review, and approve sewer and drainage facilities for the City of Portland.
The Sewer Contractors List includes licensed contractors who may provide sewer connection services in the Portland area.
A sewer inspection of your private sewer lateral is one of the best ways to determine if your property has a nonconforming sewer connection. This will determine the exact location of your sewer lateral, how it's connected to the public sewer, and the general condition of the pipe.