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ENB-4.06 - Sanitary Sewer Line and Branch Connection Charges

Administrative Rules Adopted by Bureaus Pursuant to Rule Making Authority (ARB)
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Administrative Rules Adopted by Bureau of Environmental Services Pursuant to Rule-Making Authority


What follows is the Table of Contents and an excerpt from the administrative rules:

1.  Applicability

2.  Purpose

3.  Definitions

4.  Regulatory Authority

5.  Sanitary Sewer Line Connection Charges

6.  Sanitary Sewer Branch Connection Charges

7.  Administrative Reviews and Appeals


A.  Explanatory Information

These are administrative rules of the Bureau of Environmental Services (BES) for the Line and Branch Charge program. See the Explanatory Information in Appendix A for applicable code citations, policies, and other information relating to these rules.

1.  Applicability 

All owners of new and redeveloping properties within the City of Portland must pay one-time line and branch connection charges to compensate the City’s ratepayers for those properties’ connections to and use of local City sanitary sewer services. Line and branch connection charges reimburse ratepayers for the collective costs to provide local sewage collection through main lines and sewer lateral branches to properties.

Properties served by nonconforming sewer systems must pay sewer conversion charges in lieu of line and branch connection charges in compliance with the Nonconforming Sewer Conversion Program Administrative Rules (PPD item ENB 4-27).

2.  Purpose

The City constructs sanitary sewer facilities to collect, convey and treat wastewater from developed properties. These administrative rules describe BES decision-making regarding the calculation of line and branch connection charges.

3.  Definitions

These rules use terms defined in the Portland City Code (PCC) Chapter 17.36 and the following:

A.  “Facial Challenge” means a challenge to a requirement that is based on an argument that the requirement cannot be applied fairly or reasonably in any situation. By contrast, an as-applied challenge is one based on an argument that a requirement should not be applied to the challenger’s particular situation because of factors that, in the challenger’s view, distinguish it from similar situations.

4.  Regulatory Authority

A.  Section 3.13.040 of the PCC authorizes development of administrative rules by the Director of BES. 

B.  Section 17.36.040 Subsections D & E of the PCC authorize line and branch charges to recover the costs of constructing local sanitary sewer collectors, the local portion of sanitary trunk lines or interceptors, and sewer laterals or house branches.


Amended by Director of Bureau of Environmental Services July 17, 2019.

Amended by Director of Bureau of Environmental Services January 8, 2015.

Amended by Director of Bureau of Environmental Services July 1, 2014.

Filed for inclusion in PPD September 29, 2004.

Signed by Environmental Services Director September 29, 2004.

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