The City's side
sewer review and inspection program officially transitioned
from the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT)
to DCLU on February 3, 2003. This change in responsibility
will allow SDOT to more fully concentrate on their transportation-related
mission. Additionally, the side sewer program will incorporate
changes mandated by the Clean Water Act to more fully integrate
clean water regulations with side sewer work.
Side sewer permit intake will move from SDOT's Street Use Counter
to DCLU's Applicant Service
Center on the 20th floor of Key Tower. The side sewer review
and inspection program will be handled by DCLU's Site Development
Team, which already performs drainage review, grading review,
and site inspections. DCLU is currently in the process of adding
staff to this team for this new responsibility.
It is expected that DCLU will issue approximately 2,500 permits
annually for side sewer construction, including new service,
additions, alterations, repairs, capping, conditional, and temporary
side sewer work.
No appointment will be required to apply for a side sewer permit
and for most permits there will be no plan review. Application
forms are available on our forms
page and in the DCLU Applicant
Service Center (ASC); map sets and sewer card images will
be available in the ASC for completing as-built
Side sewer permit fees will remain the same, and applicants
will be able to pay by cash, check, credit card, or through
an Advance Deposit
Account (ADA) arranged with DCLU staff. The ADA will provide
an opportunity not previously available to regular contractors.
Once established, the account will allow sewer contractor agents
to pull a permit and draw the fees directly from the account.
SDOT (formerly known as SEATRAN) will continue to maintain
and update the list of Registered Side Sewer Contractors (RSSC)
for both side sewer and larger construction projects in the
public right-of-way. For single family residences, owners may
perform the work occurring on their private property.
As part of the changes to the side sewer program, the permit
holder will be responsible for as-built plans and for coordinating
work with other agencies, such as SDOT for street surface restoration
and Seattle Public Utilities (SPU)
for core tap scheduling. A civil engineer of record will be
required for reviewing installations of site drainage facilities,
such as detention and retention systems, treatment facilities,
and/or structural source control improvements.
For more information, visit the Side Sewer Program website
which features Client Assistance Memos on applying for a permit
(CAM 503) and
how to prepare as-built plans (CAM
504), pertinent regulations
and fees, how to schedule
and key contacts.
Additional web postings will soon include a new SPU information
bulletin called New Service Connections, Procedures and
Charges and an SDOT bulletin called Utility Construction
Procedures and Charges in Public ROW.
We look forward to working with those side sewer contractors
who are active in Seattle, as well as the many homeowners who
choose to do their own side sewer work.
For the most up-to-date information about the
changes to the side sewer program, visit the DCLU
Side Sewer Program website
Site Development Supervisor
Engineering Services Mgr