Proposed City Ordinance Requiring the Inspection and Repair of Sewer Lines

Pursuant to the October 2005 settlement agreement between the City and Northern California River Watch, Santa Rosa Utilities Department staff was required to recommend the adoption by the Council of an ordinance requiring the inspection of private laterals prior to the sale of property.

The recommended ordinance would require the inspection and repair, if necessary, of all laterals more than 10 years old upon the sale or transfer of real property. Staff will review the content of the recommended ordinance, which is attached to the staff report, and discuss various means of implementing the ordinance and the possible timing of such implementation.