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ENB-4.28 - BES Financial Assistance Programs

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.  General Public Loan Programs

5.  Loan Application

6.  Loan Administration

7.  Default of Loan Terms

8.  Administrative Review and Appeal


Appendix A   Background Information

1.  Applicability

Bureau of Environmental Services (BES) Financial Assistance consists of programs related to deferring regulations and providing financial assistance through loans and payment deferrals.

A.  Programs. The following BES programs have financial program assistance:

1.  Mandatory Sewer Connection Program (ENB-4.18); and 

2.  Nonconforming Sewer Connection Program (ENB-4.27).

B.  Types of Assistance. BES offers the following types of financial assistance:

1.  Sewer connection deferrals;

2.  Installment payment and deferred payment loans for sewer connection fees and system development charges; and

3.  Installment payment loans for private plumbing costs related to sewer connection.

2.  Purpose

The BES Financial Assistance programs are intended to advance the following City goals and objectives:

•  Support and promote private economic developments and community reinvestments.

•  Preserve the financial integrity of the City’s sanitary sewer utility.

•  Minimize the financial impact of system improvements on utility ratepayers.

•  Facilitate property owner compliance with sewer connection and pollution control requirements.

•  Minimize any hardships and dislocations caused by sewer connection requirements.

3.  Definitions

These rules use terms described in the Portland City Code (PCC) Chapters 17.32 and 17.36 plus the following additional terms:

A.  “Household Members” means all persons, regardless of relationship or age, who are considered dependent of the loan applicant as defined by the Internal Revenue Service. Those persons not determined to be dependents but who reside permanently in the household may be counted.

B.  “Loan Applicant” means the person who has primary legal responsibility for the residence and is a member of the household. Other household members in title will be considered as co-applicants.

C.  “Supporting Documents” means the written materials provided by the loan applicant required to verify the complete financial status of the loan applicant’s household including income, assets, allowable deductions, and other facts related to financial program eligibility.

D.  “Verification Documents” means the forms and papers originating from BES for the purpose of verifying information relative to sewer connection deferrals and financial assistance.


Adopted by Director of Bureau of Environmental Services December 3, 2012.

Filed for inclusion in PPD December 3, 2012.

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

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

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