When is a sewer permit required?

Sewer permits are required for the following:

  • Replacement, repair, or alterations to an existing side sewer pipe (lateral) on private property
  • New construction: residential or commercial requiring a sewer lateral
  • Transfer from a septic tank to the public sewer
  • Demolition and re-construction of a home with an existing sewer lateral connection
  • Accidental burn-down replacement 
    • Permits are provided at no cost if secured within one year and with the same house footprint (otherwise demolition/re-construction requirements will apply). 
    • Please Note: Property owners or contractor should contact the District to arrange for a District Inspector to approve the installation before back-filling and to create a record for the District's file. Please call the District at 415-259-2949 for more information.

Please refer to Regulations and Forms for an "Application for Private Sewer Connection Permit and Requirements" or call the District at 415-259-2949 for more information.

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1. What can I do about slow drainage through my toilets, showers and sinks?
2. Which sewer pipe is the property owner's responsibility?
3. How can I find a side sewer pipe (lateral) on my private property?
4. When is a sewer permit required?
5. How can I avoid damage to other utility lines when making repairs?
6. What can I do about sewer odors?
7. What can be done to fix a manhole cover that rattles every time a vehicle rolls over it?
8. What kind of permit is required for private side sewer (lateral) repairs in the street?
9. What should I do if my private side sewer (lateral) to a sewer main is broken by a contractor or utility?
10. What should I do if sewage is overflowing from a sewer structure onto the ground, driveway and/or street?
11. What should I do if sewage is backing up into my house or building through overflowing toilets, sinks, bathtubs, dishwasher, and/or washing machine?