ENB-4.12 - Septage Hauler Program Administrative Rules

Administrative Rules Adopted by Bureaus Pursuant to Rule Making Authority (ARB)
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Administrative Rules Adopted by Bureau of Development 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.    Application Requirements

6.    Discharge Procedures

7.    Load Rejection

8.    Violations

9.    Administrative Review and Appeals

These rules describe the regulatory activities of the Bureau of Environmental Services (BES) Septage Hauler Program.

1.    Applicability

These rules apply to any person who wishes to discharge septage at the City’s Columbia Boulevard Wastewater Treatment Plant (CBWTP).

2.    Purpose

These rules establish the BES decision-making criteria for approving septage discharges to City treatment systems. These rules are implemented in conjunction with the BES Enforcement Program Administrative Rules (PPD item ENB-4.15) and support the following City program goals:

A.  Providing sewage treatment services for the Citizens of Portland;

B.  Requiring adequate training for all professionals hired to collect and properly dispose of private septage; and

C.  Recovering costs associated with additional treatment needs of a specialty group of users.

3.    Definitions

A.  “Columbia Boulevard Wastewater Treatment Plant (CBWTP)” means the City of Portland’s wastewater treatment plant located at 5001 N. Columbia Boulevard, Portland, Oregon

B.  “Director” means the Director of the Bureau of Environmental Services or the Director’s designee.

C. “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

D.  “Septage” means domestic wastes in a tank or container such as chemical toilets.

4.    Regulatory Authority

These rules are authorized by PCC Section 3.13.040 and implement PCC Chapter 17.35.


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

Adopted by Director of Bureau of Environmental Services September 23, 2013.

Filed for inclusion in PPD September 23, 2013.

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