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Permitting

Mt. View Sanitary District customers are required by the District’s permit ordinances to obtain permits for certain types of activities that affect our treatment or discharge processes.  Permits are not transferrable.  Permit information can be obtained by calling the District office at 925-228-5635 or emailing kporras@mvsd.orgAll permit fees are subject to change - please contact the office.

Mt. View Sanitary District Code:

All work regulated by the Mt. View Sanitary District including the construction of public or private Wastewater collection facilities, the connection of any new Drainage Fixture Units, or the contribution of non-domestic or hauled domestic waste to the District’s system requires a specific permit in accordance with District Ordinance.  (Ord. No. 93-68, Sec. 2.03)(Ord. No. 2013-111)

The fee schedule can be referenced via the link below:

Table 7.3, User Fees

Types of Permits

Short Repair

Typically, this type of permit is required to perform work on the portion of the existing side sewer located within the property’s boundaries. The homeowner or his/her contractor will need to pay the required fees prior to issuance of the Short Repair Permit.

Currently, a short repair permit costs $292.40 (includes application fee: $187.90 and inspection fee: $104.50) and payment is to be made by check.  Work performed shall comply with  of the requirements as set forth in the Mt. View Sanitary District Standard Specifications for Design and Construction. A District Inspector will be onsite to inspect the work prior to acceptance.   

Long Repair

Typically, this type of permit is required when the homeowner or contractor needs to make a repair to the portion of the existing side sewer that is located within the public right of way. This may include sidewalks, streets or undefined areas beyond the private property’s boundaries.

MVSD requires a licensed/bonded underground contractor to perform work on the existing side sewer located within public right of way. The contractor is required to post a $1,000 bond/deposit and provide insurance documentation. The posted bond, if unused, will be refunded 90 days after completion of the final inspection. The contractor is also responsible to obtain encroachment permits with the City of Martinez or Contra Costa County prior to performing work within public right-of-way and must comply with all other requirements as set forth by the issuing agency.

Currently, a long repair permit costs $1,397.10 (includes the contractor's bond ($1,000.00) plus the application fee: $187.90 and inspection fee: $209.20) and payment is to be made by check.  Work performed shall comply with all the requirements as set forth in the Mt. View Sanitary District Standard Specifications for Design and Construction. A District Inspector will be onsite to inspect the work prior to acceptance. 

.Abandonment Permit

Abandonment Permits are typically issued when a home or business requests a separation from the District service connection. This is a no cost permit. The abandonment will be expected to meet District Standard Specifications and an inspection of the abandonment by a District Inspector is required prior to restoration of surface area.  The contractor is also responsible for obtaining encroachment permits with the City of Martinez or Contra Costa County prior to performing work within public right-of-way. Notification to USA North 811 should be made. 

Pools, Spa or Fountain Permit

Prior to draining a pool, spa or fountain, the home or property owner must obtain a no cost permit from the District. This will allow for the drainage of the pool, spa or fountain into the home’s sewer connection. The rate of discharge when pumping or draining shall not exceed 20 gallons per minute. More information can be obtained at the District office or here

Sewer Construction Permit and Wastewater Contribution Permits

Any proposed new connections (Residential or Non-Domestic User) to the MVSD system must submit construction plans for the proposed work for District review and approval. Upon receipt of a sewer permit application, and based on the nature and scope of the proposed work, District staff will issue a statement with the required deposit amount and an estimate of fees to be paid prior to permit issuance. The engineering review will provide comments and/or request changes to the proposed work as needed. Once the review is completed, District Staff will issue the final fee statement detailing the applicable fees to be paid. The sewer construction permit will be issued once final payment is made and the plans will be stamped approved and ready for construction. All sewer related work must be reviewed and inspected by a District Inspector prior to acceptance.

Waste Hauler Permit

Any waste hauler proposing to discharge waste into the District facilities shall apply and obtain a special Wastewater Contribution permit to be termed a “Waste Hauler Permit”. This permit will only be issued for disposal of domestic sewage from holding tanks or septic tanks.  All wastes must be free of chemicals added for odor control, preservation or any other purpose. The Waste Hauler must have a valid Contra Costa County Department of Public Health permit and present it for filling with the District.  For more information on this type of permit visit http://cchealth.org/eh/solid-waste/

“Call Before You Dig”

It is the responsibility of the Homeowner or Contractor, by law, to notify USA North 811 prior to excavations. Call 811 or 1-800-227-2600 or on the web at  http://usanorth811.org/. The USA North 811 website has all the information you need to mark the area where work is to be performed and will notify all utility owners in the area.

Standard Specifications for Design and Construction

The District adheres to the latest version of the Central San Standard Specifications for Design and Construction of all sewer improvements. Copies of the standard specifications and drawings are available online and accessible via the link provided below:

Central San Standard Specifications for Design and Construction

Obtaining and Paying for Permits and Fees

All permits and applicable fees shall be obtained and paid for at the District’s offices located at 3800 Arthur Rd, Martinez, CA 94553. Personal checks or Company checks are to be used for payment when the permit is issued.  The District does not accept credit card transactions.  Permit information can be obtained by calling the District office at 925-228-5635 or emailing kporras@mvsd.org.

Information required for most permits:

  • Project / Property Address
  • Owner /Applicant Name, Address, Phone
  • Contractor Name, Address, Phone
  • Plumber Name, Address, Phone
  • Project Information / Nature of Proposed Work
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