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ENB-4.07 - Sewer Development Services Programs Administrative Rules

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.  Route of Service

6.  Sewer Connection Requirements

7.  Sewer Repair when Existing Connection is Not Preferred Route of Service

8.  Connections to Existing Manholes

9.  Building Plan Review

10.  Public Works Permits

11.  Easement Encroachment

12.  Administrative Review and Appeal

1.  Applicability

All persons wishing to extend, connect to or otherwise use City sewer services must comply with the requirements of these rules.

2.  Purpose

The purpose of the Sewer Development Services Programs administrative rules is to ensure the clear and concise application of the Portland City Code (PCC) and to formalize existing policies and practices related to permit requirements, permit review, sewer charges and the provision of sewer service.

3.  Definitions

These rules use the definitions found in PCC 17.32.020 and the following definitions:

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.  PCC Chapters 17.24 and 17.32 establish authority for permitting connection to the sewer system and for the Director of the Bureau of Environmental Services (BES).

B.  PCC 3.13 establishes the authority for the Director of BES to create administrative rules related to BES program such as approving connections to the public sewer system.

C.  PCC 17.36.070 establishes the authority to collect charges for connection and use of City sewers.


Filed for inclusion in PPD September 30, 2004.

Signed by Environmental Services Director September 30, 2004.

Amended by Bureau of Environmental Services Director June 11, 2012.

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