Sewer Replacement & Installation Procedures

Sewer Installation & Repair Procedures

The applicant must telephone the District at (408) 378-2407 for inspections

  • All plumbing installation and repairs are subject to the regulations in the Uniform Plumbing Code as well as city, county, and West Valley Sanitation District regulations.
  • All plumbing installations and repairs require permits from the local city, county, and West Valley Sanitation District.
  • Under state law, before any installation or repair is performed, Underground Service Alert (USA) must be called to mark all utilities in the area of the construction. The utilities have a 48-hour period (business hours) from the time of the initial call to complete all markings.
  • Before the sewer installation or repair is covered with an approved backfill material, an inspection is required by the local city, county, or West Valley Sanitation District. West Valley Sanitation District will inspect the property line cleanout installation and any work performed within the public right of way, and the local city or county agency will inspect all work behind the property line on private property.
  • After the sewer installation or repair has been inspected and approved by the West Valley Sanitation District inspector and the excavation area has been backfilled, the contractor must call the District to schedule a television inspection of the sewer line located within the public right of way.
  • All questions concerning the sewer should be directed to the District office at (408) 378-2407.

Demolition Permit Procedures

  • If the applicant is planning to remove an existing building from the property, and the building sewer is connected to the District sewer system, the applicant must obtain a demolition permit from the District.
  • The demolition permit requires the applicant to cap the building sewer at the property line prior to the removal of the existing building.
  • The applicant must telephone the District at (408) 378-2407 for inspection of the capped building sewer.
  • Demolition Fee: This includes the inspection of the capped existing building sewer lateral at the property line prior to the demolition of the existing building.
  • Reconnection Fee: This includes permit processing, inspections, and television inspection.

Encroachment Permit Procedures

  • The sewer connection permit applicant will need to obtain an encroachment permit from the city or county where the property is situated for the construction of the building sewer from the property line to the street sewer main.

Sewer Construction Approval Process for Developers

When new or modified sewer construction is required for a project, the following process is required to obtain the District's approval and acceptance:

  1. The Developer meets with the District staff to identify the project.
  2. The Developer or Engineer submits plans and pays a plan check fee.
  3. The District performs a plan check.
  4. Plans are returned to the Developer or the Engineer for revision, if necessary.
  5. The Developer or Engineer submits plans for a second plan check along with an additional plan check fee, if necessary.
  6. The Developer pays any applicable fees, provides an Improvement Bond and completed transfer of title form.
  7. The District Engineer approves plans and authorizes construction.
  8. The Developer notifies the District Inspector 48 hours in advance of beginning construction.
  9. Pipe and related facilities are installed and inspected under District supervision.
  10. The Developer or Engineer submits As-Built drawing for District review and approval.
  11. The project is submitted to the District Board of Directors for acceptance.
  12. One year after acceptance, the District inspector performs a One Year Inspection and the Improvement Bond is released.