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Title: 14 - Buildings and Constructions

Chapter: 12 - On-Site Sewage Disposal Systems

Section: 100 - Existing systems

A.    Repair of Existing Systems.  Failures of existing systems may involve the treatment and/or disposal portion of the system.  Failures may be attributed to faulty construction methods, age, overloading, loss of filtration, ground water changes, etc.

1.    No person shall repair a failing system without first obtaining a repair permit.

2.    Repairs shall conform to the maximum extent possible the design criteria contained in this chapter.

3.    If, in the opinion of the county, adverse conditions exist that would preclude a successful repair, the inspector or county health officer may require additional information, including but not limited to a review by a California Registered Civil Engineer, California Registered Environmental Health Specialist, California Registered Geologist or Soil Scientist, or licensed plumber (all at the applicant\'s expense) to recommend a method of repair.

4.    If site characteristics prevent full compliance with the provisions of this chapter the county may allow a reasonable repair installation in order to eliminate a potential public health hazard.

B.    Emergency Repairs. "Emergency repair" means the repair of a system where sewage is backing up into a dwelling or commercial facility, or there is a broken sewer pipe and immediate action is necessary to correct the situation.

1.    Emergency repairs may be made without first obtain­ing a repair permit provided that an inspector of the county authorizes repair to begin and a repair permit is filed by the next working day.

2.    Emergency repairs are subject to the extent possible, the provisions of Section 14.12.080 of this chapter.


(Ord. 2005-25B § 14, 2005 Ord. 88-34 § 2 (part), 1988.)