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! Go to the bottom of this page to view our Lateral Replacement Grant and Loan Program video!


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.


Working to Keep You Safe

Staff are fully trained and equipped to comply with local, state, and federal safety and quality protocols for managing our sewer system. Additional information for customers to be aware of includes:


  • Access to our public lobby and other facilities is now open to the public. Our office staff are available Monday - Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.  
  • We continue to issue permits, schedule essential inspection appointments, and process grant and loan applications electronically via info@rvsd.org, Monday through Friday.
  • We can assist you with emergency service 24 hours per day, seven days per week. 

We only accept checks for payment of permits.


  • Please continue to communicate with us by phone at 415- 259-2949, by email to individual staff members, by email to Info@rvsd.org, or online at www.rvsd.org.

COMPLETED Permit Application forms can be submitted via U.S. mail, by dropping off in our office or via the mail slot located next to our office front door.


Lateral Replacement Grant Program (LRGP)

The District adopted Resolution 18-1541 (PDF) amending 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 (1) 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.


The LRLP has been recently updated to require a minimum of two (2) bids from a licensed contractor of your choice! Click here to download the Lateral Replacement Loan Program Guide.


Private Side Sewer (Lateral) Requirements, Permits & Application Forms


Note: We only accept checks for payment of permits.


Lateral Requirements


Click here to download the 2020 Overview of Side Sewer Requirements (PDF).


Click here to download permit requirements, sewer connection fees and permit fees for private sewer laterals. (Effective July 1, 2020)


Click here to view and complete the fillable Sewer Permit Application Form. 

This form is used for all sewer permits, including remodels, additions, or new construction. A Private Sewer Lateral Inspection Report Form is included with the application form. Completion of this form is required in order to obtain a Sewer Permit. 


COMPLETED permit application forms can be submitted via U.S. mail or by dropping off into our mail slot located next to our office front door.


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.


The District has a list of contractors available as a starting point for property owners. Click here to download the form.

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Lateral Replacement Grants Available

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RVSD 2021 Permit Application Form

Do you need to repair or replace 

your private property sewer lateral?