Laterals / Permits

Private Sewer Lateral Ordinance & Programs


The RVSD grant and loan programs are      designed to help property owners in our district with the cost of fixing their leaky and damaged private sewer pipes (laterals). These pipes connect homes and businesses to the public sewer mains and are responsible for an estimated 50 percent of all sewer spills!


If you are experiencing chronic problems such as backups and overflows that require ongoing professional plumbing maintenance, you probably have a lateral pipe that needs repair. Other signs of leakage and damage to your pipe may be less evident. Slow running pipes, odors, and ground movement around lateral pipes may indicate a problem as well.


Private Sewer Lateral Ordinance

District Ordinances regulate the maintenance of private sewer laterals, and contain testing and inspection requirements dependent upon specific triggers, such as property sale and remodels. View our Private Lateral Ordinance to find out how it may affect you.


Lateral Replacement Grant Program (LRGP)

The District adopted Resolution 15-1493 (PDF) establishing the framework and guidelines for the Lateral Replacement Grant Program (LRGP) to assist ratepayers with the cost of replacing their private sewer laterals.


Common (shared) laterals ARE NOT eligible for grants because they do not conform with the District's specifications or the Uniform Plumbing Code Section 721 .1 , which require laterals from each property to connect directly to the public sewer main.


The LRGP has been recently updated to require only one bid from a licensed contractor of your choice!


Click here to download the Lateral Replacement Grant Program Guide.


Lateral Replacement Loan Program (LRLP)

The District adopted Ordinance No. 70 (PDF), approving a Lateral Replacement Loan Program (LRLP) to assist ratepayers with the cost of replacing their private sewer laterals. 


Common (shared) laterals ARE NOT eligible for loans because they do not conform with the District's specifications or the Uniform Plumbing Code Section 721 .1 , which require laterals from each property to connect directly to the public sewer main.


Click here to download the Lateral Replacement Loan Program Guide.


Private Side Sewer (Lateral) Permits & Requirements


Lateral Permit

Procedure, requirements and permit application for private sewer laterals.

Click here to download permit requirements, sewer connection fees and permit fees.


Lateral Requirements

The District's Standard Specifications and Drawings (PDF) and Approved Materials List (PDF) include requirements, specifications, and drawings for side sewers. Click here to download the Overview of Side Sewer Requirements (PDF).


Hiring a Contractor

If you have a private property sewer emergency please click here to check the California Department of Consumer Affairs Contractors State License Board (CSLB) for information before you hire a plumbing contractor. Make sure any plumber you hire for a private property sewer emergency is familiar with District policies and programs.


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