City Sewer Ordinances

What You Need to Know about City Ordinances

When buying or selling a home, or making home improvements, you may need to have a sewer lateral inspection done for the property. Each city has their own requirements. Below is a list of all cities in our service area (San Francisco County and San Mateo County) that have point-of-sale or home improvement sewer lateral ordinances . 

San Francisco County: 

There are no Sewer Lateral Sale-of-Home Ordinances  

San Mateo County Cities:

Sewer Lateral Sale-of-Home and/or Home Improvement Ordinances 

Belmont: 

  • CCTV sewer video inspection is recommended, but not required  for sale-of-home 
  • For home improvements costing $200,000 or more, a sewer  lateral inspection is required  
  • For more information, click here

 

Burlingame:   

Sewer water test is required with a plumber and a city inspector present for:

  • Sale-of-home
  • if you are adding two or more plumbing fixture units to your property  

City fees and permit are required. For more information, click here for sale-of-home or click here for home improvements

Hillsborough: - CCTV sewer video inspection is required for:

  • sale-of-home
  • your are renovating a space at least 1,500 square feet in an existing structure
  • if you are building a new structure connecting to a public sewer main on a property with an existing private sewer lateral 

 - Pressure/Water Test with city inspector is required for  sale-of-home

 - Backflow prevention device is required for sale-of-home

- City fees and permits are required

- For more information, click here.

Millbrae: - CCTV sewer video inspection is required for:

  • Sale-of-home
  • Any project requiring a building permit where plumbing 

    fixtures are added to the property

  • More than 25% of the building area is being remodeled

- City fees required

 - For more information, click here


Pacifica:   - CCTV sewer video inspection is required for sale-of-home

- For more information, click here

San Bruno: - CCTV sewer video inspection is required for sale-of-home

- City fees required 

- For more information, click here

San Mateo: - CCTV sewer video inspection is required for:

  • Sale-of-home
  • Improvements to the property that are greater than or equal to $90,000

  - For more information, click here

South San Francisco: 

  • CCTV sewer video inspection is required for sale-of-home, and may be required for home improvements
  • City fees and permit are required
  • For more information, click here for sale-of-home, or click here  for home improvements
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