What is a private sewer lateral?

Laterals, also known as building sanitary sewers, are the sewer pipes that carry wastewater from toilets, sinks and drains and connect from the house or building to the City’s public sewer pipelines. They are typically made of 4” diameter clay or plastic pipe. On private properties the sewer lines from the exterior of the building to the main public sewer line, including the connection to the city main, are the responsibility of the property owner. 

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1. What is a private sewer lateral?
2. Who is affected by this program?
3. What are the responsibilities of private property owners?
4. Where do I start?
5. What does the inspection consist of?
6. What if repairs need to be made?
7. Does a Qualified Contractor have to perform the repairs/replacement?
8. What if this delays the sale of the property?
9. What is a private sanitary sewer collection system?
10. Why do I need a Certificate of Compliance?