Sewer Lateral Compliance Ordinance
What is a lateral?
The "Lateral,” “building sewer,” or “service lateral” is the sewer pipeline conveying wastewater from the premises of a user to the City’s sewer system.
In the Richmond Municipal Sewer
Rain, high tides and/or groundwater can enter sanitary sewer laterals through cracks and gaps. This causes a large volume water to enter the City’s main sewer line, and exceeding the intended design capacity. This results in manholes overflowing, back-ups into homes and business and could eventually discharge (untreated) into the San Francisco Bay.
This compounds the City's effort to maintain and control the publically owned collection system and increases the
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Starting August 25,
The ordinance is applicable to parcels serviced by the Richmond Municipal District.
Sanitary Sewer Districts
In order to verify the sewer lateral is compliant with the RMC §12.17 ordinance and apply for a Certificate of Lateral Compliance (
Close of Escrow Requirement:
If the property is closing escrow, the buyer and seller need to agree who will take responsibility for the sewer lateral ordinance compliance.
- An addendum must be written showing the information provided below and signed by both buyer(s) and seller(s).
- Name(s), address, email, and telephone number of the party taking responsibility of RMC §12.17.
- The sewer lateral must be compliant within 60 days after
- A copy of the signed addendum must be emailed or fax to our department.
Complete a claim form explaining how your lateral was damage at the expense of the City and submit it and any receipts to the City Clerk's office.
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