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Township of Long Beach, NJ
Ocean County
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Table of Contents
Table of Contents
A. 
Connections required. All buildings located in those sections in which a sewage collection system has been constructed or shall be constructed are required to be connected with the sewerage system, and the connection shall be mandatory, whether a building shall be on land adjacent to the public street in which the sewerage line shall be laid or whether the building shall be on land not adjacent to the public street and having access to the public street by means of a private easement, road, or right-of-way. The connection shall be in the manner and under the provisions provided by the Township.
(1) 
All property owners affected thereby shall have their existing cesspools or septic tanks filled and closed within six months from the date their building or buildings are connected with the collection system in a manner and under the conditions as provided by the Township.
(2) 
For any new construction or renovations which equal or exceed 50% of the assessed value of the structure, the installation of an independent sewer main connection shall be made for each dwelling unit contained in any single-family dwelling, duplex dwelling, or multifamily dwelling. The terms "duplex dwelling" or "multifamily dwelling" shall be defined as those terms are defined in Chapter 205.
B. 
Private easement connections. Prior to the installation of sewer structures and appurtenances on private easements, the owner(s) shall furnish the Township with a correct survey of the private easement and the portion to be conveyed to the Township and convey to the Township a deed describing the Township's easement. Said deed shall be for the reconstruction and maintenance of said sewer structures and appurtenances. The location of the Township's easement shall be subject to the final approval of the Township. All costs attendant to the design, construction, supervision, and installation of said sewer structures and appurtenances on private easements, roads, or rights-of-way shall be borne entirely by the owner(s).
C. 
Notice to connect. When there shall be an operational sanitary sewer line available to receive sewage effluent from buildings located on property along such line, the owners of all such buildings shall receive notice to connect such buildings to the sanitary sewer line within 30 days. Such notice may be served upon the owner personally or by leaving it at his or her usual place of abode with a member of his or her family above the age of 18 years. Personal service may be accomplished by mailing a copy of the notice to the owner at his or her address shown on the official tax records, such mailing to be certified mail, return receipt requested, with appropriate instructions to the postal service and authorities to deliver only to the addressee.
D. 
Building permits. No building permit authorizing the erection of a new building shall be issued prior to the issuance of a permit for connection with an existing sewage collection line connected with the sanitary sewerage system.
E. 
Permits and streets. No new streets shall be built nor shall permits for the construction of new streets be issued unless and until sewage collecting lines connected with the sanitary sewerage system have been installed in the bed of the streets, which collecting lines shall be installed in compliance with specifications approved by the Township.
F. 
Fine and penalty.
(1) 
In addition to the additional fines, penalties, and remedies provided by this chapter, any person who shall not comply within 30 days of the sewer connection order specified in Subsection B above shall be subject to a fine of $25 and an additional $10 for each additional day of noncompliance after the expiration of the 30 days' notice pursuant to N.J.S.A. 26:3-31.
(2) 
The remedies herein contained to compel the connection to sewer lines shall be considered cumulative and in addition to any other remedies to compel sewer connection found under state and local law.
A. 
The size and material for construction of service laterals and building sewers extending from the main to the property line to be served to the sewer lateral shall be as the Township may from time to time determine, within the limits of state regulations. No such installation shall be made except in accordance with the Township regulations and the New Jersey Plumbing Code, and all such installations shall be installed by the owner of the property at the owner's sole cost and expense. The installation shall be inspected and approved by the Township while the trench containing the same is open. Any trench backfilled prior to inspection and approval shall, upon the request of the Township, be reopened and made available for inspection at the owner's sole cost and expense.
B. 
All sewer laterals made of nonmetallic materials shall be installed with a tracer wire from the main to the curb. In addition, the clean out at the curb shall have a top section of a metallic, ferrous iron valve box with a lid, with the marking "sewer" clearly visible.
A. 
Prohibited systems. The following disposal shall be unlawful for any person to use, construct, or maintain.
(1) 
Outside toilets.
(2) 
Cesspools.
B. 
Prohibited connections. Under no circumstances will any of the following be connected to the service lateral or building sewer either directly or indirectly:
(1) 
Any drainage fixture where the overflow elevation is less than 10 feet above mean sea level, except as permitted by federal flood regulations.
(2) 
Rain conductor or downspout.
(3) 
Grease pit that does not comply with the applicable state and local regulations.
(4) 
Air-conditioning equipment without an air gap.
(5) 
Stormwater inlets or catch basins.
(6) 
Drains from equipment or manufacturing processes, except when specifically authorized under a separate agreement with the Township.
(7) 
Sump pumps.
(8) 
Untrapped floor drains.
(9) 
Outside showers.
(10) 
Pools and hot tubs.
A. 
General.
(1) 
There shall be one sewer application; however, the services requested shall generally be of two major classifications:
(a) 
Individual service lateral connection application for service Types I through VI.
(b) 
General sewer construction application for additions to or extensions of the Township of sewerage facilities.
(2) 
Service will be considered upon written submittal to the Water and Sewer Department by the applicant or his or her properly authorized agent. Blank forms for all applications will be furnished by the Water and Sewer Department, and all applications must receive the approval of the Water and Sewer Department and Construction Department before connection is made or construction is started.
(3) 
The accepted application shall, upon approval by the Township, constitute a contract between the Township and the applicant, obliging the applicant to pay to the Township its rates as established from time to time and to comply with its rules and regulations.
B. 
Individual service lateral connection permits.
(1) 
Prior to the Water and Sewer Department considering an application for an individual service lateral connection permit, the applicant, or his or her properly authorized agent, must present to the Township a valid building permit granted by the Construction Department as per the requirement of Chapter 64.
(2) 
Prior to actual connection, the applicant is required to notify the Water and Sewer Department so that proper inspection of the connection may be made pursuant to this chapter.
(3) 
Commercial establishments making application for sanitary sewerage service shall furnish a detailed description of the type and size of buildings, the nature of the business to be conducted in each structure, and the type, volume, and chemical characteristics of the waste to be discharged. Such establishments may be required to comply with regulations of general sewer construction application at the option of the Township.
(4) 
All applications for service Types III, IV, V, and VI must be submitted at least 15 days (holidays and weekends excluded) before a regularly scheduled meeting of the Township.
(5) 
When a prospective customer has made application for a new service or has applied for the reinstatement of an existing sewerage service, the Township requires the piping and fixtures on the applicant's premises to be in good condition.
(6) 
A new application, for other than Types of Service I and II, must be made and approved by the Township upon any change in use of the property or in the service, and the Township shall have the right, upon five days' notice, to discontinue the sewer service until such new application has been made and approved.
(7) 
Each individual service connection requires an application for a service lateral connection permit, which shall be filed with the Water and Sewer Department.
A. 
Township responsibilities. The public sewer system up to the service lateral shall be maintained, operated, repaired, and replaced, as needed, by the Township.
B. 
Private roads, easements, and rights-of-way. Where a sewer is located in a private road, easement, or right-of-way that has been granted to the Township in accordance with § 197-3B and a manhole has been installed therein, the Township shall be responsible for the maintenance, operation, repair, and replacement, as needed, of the sewer system up to the service lateral. Where no such easement has been granted to the Township and/or no manhole exists, the property owners on that easement, road, or right-of-way and serviced by the system and facilities shall be responsible for all maintenance, operation, repairs, and replacement, as needed, up to the connection of the system in the public street or public right-of-way.
A. 
Deterioration. Where, in the opinion of the Water and Sewer Department, an existing building sewer is excessively deteriorated to a point that allows soil, foreign objects, or excessive infiltration/inflow into the system, that lateral shall be replaced or repaired by the property owner to the satisfaction of the Water and Sewer Department.
B. 
Renewal. Where the renewal of the building sewer on the property is found to be necessary, the property owner shall renew the building sewer in the location as previously used unless otherwise approved.
C. 
Maintenance.
(1) 
All building sewers and fixtures furnished or owned by the property owner or his or her predecessors in title shall be maintained by him or her in good order. All leaks in the building sewer or any fixture for the premises served must be repaired immediately by the owner or occupant of the premises. The property owner shall be responsible for notifying the Water and Sewer Department and Construction Department of the party engaged by said customer to do any maintenance work on the building sewer prior to work being commenced, and said party shall not backfill any trench until the work has been inspected and approved by the Township. Any work not acceptable shall be immediately removed and replaced by work which is acceptable, at the cost of the property owner.
(2) 
The Township shall in no way be responsible for maintaining any portion of the building sewer or for damage done by sewage escaping therefrom, and the property owner shall at all times comply with applicable regulations with respect thereto and make changes therein required by reason of changes of grade, relocation of mains or otherwise.
D. 
Township repairs. The Township reserves the right to make necessary repairs where any condition is found detrimental to the system. All costs shall be charged or apportioned to the property owner.
A. 
Sewer service shall not be considered a service subject to shut off at the request of the property owner. Requests for discontinuance of sewer service shall be permitted only in cases of demolition, construction, fire, flooding, or by a valid governmental order for vacating a building serviced for health reasons. The property owner shall be responsible for the payment of the sewer rental charge at the minimum charges as established by the Township of during the time the property or structure is vacant.
B. 
The property owner shall not change the type of service from any of the types of service set forth in this chapter without the prior written approval of the Township issued after proper application for such type of change.
Service may be discontinued by the Township for any of the following reasons:
A. 
Intentional misrepresentation in the application.
B. 
Discharge of detrimental waste to the system.
C. 
Discharge of waste from any other property or for any other purpose than that described in the application.
D. 
Refusal of reasonable access to the property for purposes of inspecting.
E. 
Violation of any applicable rules.
F. 
Illegal connections, such as sump pumps, floor drains, stormwater downspouts, or any connection not intended for the express purpose of conveyance of sewage.
A. 
Sewage delivered into the facilities shall not:
(1) 
Be of such a nature and in such a quantity as to impair the hydraulic capacity of such facilities.
(2) 
Be of such a nature as to, by either chemical or mechanical action, impair the strength or the durability of the sewer structures.
(3) 
Be of such a nature as to create explosive conditions in such facilities.
(4) 
Have a flash point lower than 235° F., as determined by the Tagliabus (Tag.) closed-cup method.
(5) 
Have a pH index value of lower than 5.5 or higher than 9.0.
(6) 
Include any radioactive substance.
(7) 
Include any garbage other than that received directly into public sewers from residences.
(8) 
Be discharged by tank trucks into manholes of the sewerage system.
(9) 
Be of such a nature which contains any matter, material, or substance which, after undergoing normal treatment in the respective sewage treatment plant that the Township discharges to, would not be removed from the effluent from such plant and would thereby be the cause of polluting any stream or body of water into which such effluent is discharged.
(10) 
Contain any materials which may tend to cause stoppages, blockages, or interference with the normal flow of effluent either in laterals or mains; prohibited materials shall include but not be limited to grease, animal fats, vegetable fats and the like.
B. 
Where, in the sole opinion of the Water and Sewer Department, the installation of special devices by the customer is required to restrict and prevent sewer discharge into the facilities in violation of Subsection A(1) through (10) above, the Water and Sewer Department shall issue written instructions to the customer and served by way of certified mail, return receipt requested, detailing the type of facility to be installed and the customer shall, within 30 days after the receipt of such written notice, install such device in accordance with the instructions and specifications of the Water and Sewer Department. In causing the specifications to be created by its engineer, the engineer shall apply accepted current hydraulic and sanitary engineering standards approved by and recognized by the engineering profession, taking into account the most cost-effective type of interceptor device, cost effected to the customer, which shall provide the requested treatment for the customer's effluent prior to its discharge into the facilities.
A. 
All customers shall be required to pay the service fees and costs relating to the use of the facilities and system as set forth in Chapter 82.
B. 
Payment for sewer services shall be made quarterly on March 1, June 1, September 1, and December 1, and shall become delinquent after 10 days. Interest at the rate of 1.5% per month or 18% per annum will be added to delinquent fees and costs until fully paid. Delinquent balances constitute a lien against the property and are enforceable as such.