If you own a home in the East Bay area, including Oakland, you may need to acquire a Compliance Certificate for your private sewer lateral, or PSL. Your PSL consists of the pipes that connect your home’s plumbing to the public sewer main. A Compliance Certificate verifies that your PSL does not contain cracked or broken pipes that could leak wastewater into the bay.
Part of the process of obtaining sewer compliance status involves having a professional, such as Streamline Plumbing, inspect your PSL. Learn more about why you should apply for a Compliance Certificate and how Streamline Plumbing can help below.
Why Should I Get a Compliance Certificate?
From legal reasons to environmental sensitivity, individuals have many reasons to obtain a Compliance Certificate.
Individuals are required to obtain a Compliance Certificate when they:
- Build or remodel property in excess of $100,000
- Buy or sell property
- Change the size of their water meter
The East Bay Municipal District keeps track of which properties need a Compliance Certificate and which properties have obtained one.
Even if you aren’t required by law to obtain a Compliance Certificate, you can still apply for a Voluntary Compliance Certificate. This may seem like a hassle, but this can actually be a smart move for several reasons.
For one thing, PSLs that don’t meet sewer compliance standards can pollute the bay waters. This is a beautiful area and a valuable resource, and you can help keep it clean and healthy by having your PSL inspected and repaired or replaced as needed.
In addition, even if the laws surrounding when to get a Compliance Certificate don’t apply to you right now, they may apply to you in the future. Save yourself time and money in the future by applying for a certificate now.