Connection Permits and Fees

The District established procedures for connecting to the sewer system, created a variety of permits to cover various circumstances, and established requirements for contractors working within the District.

Sewer connection permits are required for:

Sewer connection permits are required for septic tank abandonment, new homes, new secondary dwellings, some remodels, and connections to the main sewer line.

  • Septic tank abandonment and connection to the main sewer line.
  • Remodels and or additions to existing connected structures.
  • New home construction and connection to the main sewer line.
  • Construction of a secondary dwelling or accessory building structure.
  • Demolition of an existing building and construction of a new building.
  • Replacement or installation of any sewer lateral, clean out, or backflow protection system.
  • Construction, installation, or substantial repair of any plumbing system which is connected to a sanitary sewer.
  • The change of use in any commercial, industrial, or quasi-public structure which substantially impact the quantity or quality of the effluent flowing from the structure to the District's sanitary sewer system as determined by the District Manager and Engineer.

Procedure for Obtaining a Connection Permit and or Project Clearance Letter

  1. Telephone West Valley Sanitation District at (408) 378-2407 and select option '5' to discuss your project.
  2. Submit required plans or documents or both for review and request a site investigation.
  3. Once the site investigation (2-3 business days) and plan and document review (up to ten business days) are completed, the applicant will be notified of any requirements and fees.

Connection Permit Fees

Permit fees are collected for all permits issued for residential properties. This includes permit processing, inspections and television inspection.

  • Connection Fee: The purpose of the sewer connection fee is to allow the district to recover the costs associated with the provision of collection lines in the district.
  • Sewer Service Advance: This fee is based on the monthly sewer service charge rate and is prorated to the next fiscal billing year.
  • Permit Fee: This includes permit processing, inspections and television inspection.
  • Capacity Fee: The capacity fee enables the district to recover its costs for purchase of treatment capacity in the San Jose/Santa Clara Wastewater Facility
  • Annexation Fee: when the property connecting to the sewer is not within the West Valley Sanitation District service boundaries.