City of Oakland – Piedmont Sewer Lateral Ordinance

May 12th, 2011

City of Oakland – Piedmont CA sewer lateral ordinance is on the way.

The Federal EPA is requiring cities to implement a sewer lateral compliance ordinance that forces a home Buyer or Seller (or home remodels over a certain cost) to ensure that waste pipe running from the home to the city main is in good condition and water tight. 

Faulty sewer laterals are responsible for pollution in the bay, overflowing sewage treatment plants and backing up city mains that can cause raw sewage to spill onto residential properties.  The city of Alameda, Albany and Berkeley already have these “point of sale ordinances” in place and now the city of Oakland and the city of Piedmont are following suit.  The question everyone keeps asking is… when???

Compliance was to go into effect on May 9, 2011 but that date has now been pushed back.  Here is a letter from Harry Clark Plumbing explaining many more of the details about what is to come.

The bottom line for those of you considering purchasing or selling a home in Oakland or Piedmont CA, you need to have a sewer scope test done so that you know the condition of the line.  Whether or not the ordinance is currently in effect, it will be implemented very soon.

Feel free to get in touch if you have any real estate related questions in Oakland, Piedmont or Berkeley CA.  Thank you.  Brian Santilena.  Pacific Union Real Estate 1900 Mountain Blvd. Oakland CA 94611.  510-338-1380. 


About Brian Santilena, Realtor

Brian Santilena sells real estate in OaklandPiedmontBerkeley, CA – Department of real estate 01244612.  Brian Santilena is one of the top real estate agents in the Oakland – Piedmont – Berkeley markets.  He is a member of the Oakland Board of Realtors, the California Association of Realtors and the National Board of Realtors.  Brian practices real estate in Oakland – Piedmont and Berkeley CA since 1998.  He aggressively helps home buyers and home sellers who are looking to buy or sell real estate and Oakland homes, Piedmont homes and Berkley homes.  See what some of his home selling and home buying clients have to say about working with Brian.  He is with Pacific Union Real Estate at 1900 Mountain Blvd. Oakland CA 94611.  He works in many neighborhoods in addition to Piedmont, Montclair, Rockridge, Upper Rockridge, Glenview, Trestle Glen, Crocker Highlands and many more areas and homes for sale.  Brian is a licensed contractor and is listed on .  If you are specifically interested in homes for sale in Rockridge and homes in Upper Rockridge, please take a look at Brian’s Homes In Upper Rockridge  website.

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