Who maintains the sewer line?

The City maintains all sewer mains, which are located in the street or public utilities easements. Residents and business owner’s own the lateral connections to the mains, laterals typically run on the owners’ property and on streets or public areas to reach the main.


Sewer Lateral Line

Property owners maintain their sewer lateral line, including the connection to the public sewer main. Locating the lateral is also a property owner’s responsibility, although the City will attempt to assist by providing recorded, available information.


Contact Information

To find out where your sewer lateral is located, you can check with the Engineering Division of the Community Development Department by calling 805-237-3860.

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1. Sewage is backing up into my house overflowing from my drains. What should I do?
2. What is a sewer lateral?
3. What should I do if sewage is overflowing from a sewer structure onto the ground?
4. I have slow drainage through my toilets, drains. What can I do about it?
5. There is a manhole cover in my neighborhood that rattles every time a vehicle rolls over it. What can I do about it?
6. What causes sewer odors inside the house?
7. What is the purpose of vapor traps?
8. What is the purpose of the roof vent?
9. What are some of the problems that can occur?
10. What if the odor is outside the house?
11. How do I file a claim if I have property damage caused by a sewer back up?
12. Who maintains the sewer line?
13. How do I report a problem?