Sewer laterals in Los Angeles homes older than 50 years have usually never been replaced. Eventually pipe fatigue will occur and result in cracks and leaks. Leaking sewer laterals cause raw sewage to be released into the ground which is not good for the environment. Plus, a broken sewer lateral can overload the sewer system which contributes to spills.
In the diagram above, the homeowner is responsible to obtain a Los Angeles sewer permit if the sewer lateral, sometimes referred to as the lower lateral, is damaged or broken in the public right-of-way.
Do I need a city sewer permit (S permit) to fix my broken sewer lateral?
Yes, according to Los Angeles Municipal Code:
We use various sewer pipe replacement methods to fix sewer laterals connected to the city’s main sewer line and saddle, include pipe lining, pipe bursting, and spot repairs.
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After you decide to hire us to construct, alter, repair or perform maintenance on your sewer lateral, we first contact Dig Alert. A representative comes out to your property and marks the location of all utility lines, electrical lines, cable lines, water lines, and most importantly, the location of the sewer line. This ensures that we don’t accidentally damage or cut any line.
While DigAlert is doing their thing, we are contacting the Los Angeles Public Works Department/Bureau of Engineering to obtain the necessary permits to work on your sewer laterals.
Once DigAlert is finished and we have the necessary permit, we then schedule a convenient time to begin the job.