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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.
All private property owners - residential, commercial, and industrial - within the city limits of Morgan Hill and connects to the city sewer main line. This ordinance applies to all properties that are more than 15 years old. If the property is a new construction that is 15 years or less of age, this inspection is not required. The property may complete an Exemption Form to provide to the Buyer during the real estate transaction.
1. Choose a Qualified Contractor to perform the inspection. We recommend calling and receiving a few quotes.
2. Have the Qualified Contractor complete the inspection at the property and completely fill out the Utility Inspection Report Form (PDF).
3. If the inspection passed, email the report to PSL.WC@morganhill.ca.gov and request a personalized Dropbox link to submit the passing CCTV footage.
4. After verification, you will receive a Certificate of Compliance. The certificate is valid for ten (10) years.
5. Keep this certificate for any future real estate transactions and provide to the new property owner upon sale.
In compliance with this ordinance, a Qualified Contractor must perform a closed-circuit TV (CCTV) inspection of the private sewer lateral, typically from the clean-out closest to the building to the connection to the sewer main in the street. The Qualified Contactor will complete the Utility Inspection Report Form that must be filed with the City. The Qualified Contractor will inform the property owner if the inspection passed or failed and if any repairs need to be made to the sewer lines.
If the initial inspection fails, all repairs must be completed to obtain a Certificate of Compliance. On the Utility Inspection Report Form the Qualified Contractor will note what repairs need to be completed by any licensed plumbing contractor with a City of Morgan Hill business license in order to pass a future inspection. A second inspection will need to take place after the repairs are completed to pass the inspection for the property. If the seller of the property negotiates with the buyer, a Transfer of Responsibility to Repair Form may be completed.
No. If repairs are necessary, they can be conducted by any licensed plumbing contractor with a City of Morgan Hill business license. The NASSCO certified licensed contractor is only necessary for the inspection (and re-inspection), but not required for any needed repairs. A Qualified Contractor with NASSCO certification will be required to conduct the final inspection after any repairs are made.
To mitigate any property transfer delays the two participating parties may choose to complete the Transfer of Responsibility Form, allowing for the buyer to take responsibility for all repairs that may need to be completed on the private sewer lateral in order to pass inspection. The new property owner will be allotted 180 days to complete the repairs. Buyers who do not complete the improvements as required will be subject to penalties and could have their water service terminated.
This is a combination of multiple residences on a common interest development, for example apartment complexes or office buildings, where multiple lateral lines from the exterior of the building(s) combine to a private main sewer line that connects to the main public sewer line, including the connection. Townhome, condominium, apartment complex, and duplexes may be either PSSCS or PSL depending on the connection between the building and the city sewer main. Contact the City if clarification is needed for the property.
A Certificate of Compliance is needed in the City of Morgan Hill to begin new water services.