Private Lateral Program

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City of Ventura Private Sewer Lateral graphicIn January 2012, the City adopted new regulations to support the timely inspection, repair and replacement of private sewer laterals. (Reference Municipal Code Public Utilities Chapter 22.250 Private Sewer Laterals)
 

A private sewer lateral is the pipe that connects a business or home’s plumbing system to the City’s wastewater collection main pipeline.  The lateral is considered the “private” segment when it is located on private property and serves the purposes of an individual, privately-owned building.  The property owner is responsible for entire pipe length, including the wye or saddle at the point of connection to the City's mainline.

 

Ventura Water is responsible for the maintenance of the main pipelines that carry used water from homes and businesses and to protect public health and safety, these pipes are regularly inspected and repaired to maintain their integrity.  With thousands of private sewer laterals in the City, property owners are important partners in assuring that pipes are properly maintained to protect us all.

General Private Laterals Frequently Asked Questions (pdf)

Questions? Please call the Wastewater office at (805) 677-4114 during normal business hours.
 

Private Sewer Lateral Inspection Program

There are several components of the overall goals and targets for Private Sewer Lateral Inspection program.  

Notification Letters

Since early 2012, property owners may have received a notification letter from Ventura Water if roots, grease, debris or other problems are identified during our wastewater collection system mainline inspection program (via Closed Circuit Television or CCTV).
 

Property Change of Ownership (Point of Sale)

Effective February 3, 2014, inspections of private sewer laterals will be required prior to the close of escrow at the point of sale of a property.  Property owners that are considering selling are strongly encouraged to have their private sewer laterals inspected by a licensed Plumber prior to the opening of escrow.  Property owners are required to submit the Private Sewer Lateral Inspection Report with a DVD of the video inspection to the City's Building and Safety Division prior to the close of escrow and disclose the results of the inspection to the buyer and all parties to the sale.  If corrective repairs are needed, the buyer and seller may agree on who will pay for and be responsible for making the repairs.  The repairs should be generally made within six months of the sale or within the normal building permit timelines. 

Private Sewer Lateral FAQs - Change of Ownership (pdf)

Private Sewer Lateral Inspection Report (pdf)

Private Sewer Lateral Inspection Report (Fillable pdf)

Presale Private Sewer Lateral Inspection Flow Diagram (pdf)

Questions? Please call the Wastewater office at (805) 677-4114 during normal business hours.
 

Commercial and Common Interest Properties

Additionally, private laterals for commercial and common-interest properties (apartments and condominiums) will be required every 10 years.

Private Sewer Lateral Inspection Report (pdf)

Private Sewer Lateral Inspection Report (Fillable pdf)
 

Private Lateral Fact Sheet (pdf)

Private Lateral Presentation to Real Estate Community (pdf)

Questions? Please call the Wastewater office at (805) 677-4114 during normal business hours.

 

Private Sewer Lateral Outreach

Since late 2013, Ventura Water staff has met with representatives of the Real Estate community to develop this program.  We have also conducted two informational sessions for local Plumbers in January 2014.  The Plumbers who attended the sessions have been briefed on the program and the requirements of a City of Ventura Private Sewer Lateral Inspection and the report form.

Sign-in Sheets of Plumbers/Contractors Attending Information Sessions For Private Sewer Lateral Inspections (pdf)

 

This page was last updated on March 8, 2014.