What is a “30-Day Connection Notice” ?
The City will mail “connection notices” to property owners when a service area?s wastewater system is available for connections and can receive wastewater.

When can I connect to the City’s sewer system?
After you receive a “30-Day Connection Notice” from the City and you have obtained a building permit and appropriate inspections.

When can I apply for a sewer connection permit?
You may apply for a permit at any time. Tying in to the City?s stub out (connection point) can only be made once the City has “released” a street. Final connection to the house can only be made after the “30-Day Connection Notice” is received from the City.

Can an Owner/Builder perform the sewer connection work?
Yes, however the owner must meet specific requirements and pass all the required inspections. Please contact the building department at (305) 289-4118.

What kinds of permits are required for a sewer connection?
The City’s sewer lateral permit application form should be used. Additionally, Proof of approval by the Department of Health (305-289-2721) for conversion or abandonment of septic system or abandonment of cesspool is required within 180 days after City?s final inspection in order to close Building Department permit.

How many inspections are required?
Two inspections are required for residential connections by the City?s building department. The first is a lateral inspection and the second is a final inspection where the connection to the house can be made.

When can my plumber make the gravity connection from the house to the City’s clean out?
This would be done after the first or “lateral” inspection has been approved and only on the day of the “final” inspection. The City will install and test a valve in the vacuum pit connected to the wastewater service line. Do not disconnect from the existing system until you are certain that everything is functioning properly.

Can I get both inspections done on the same day?
No. The final inspection must be scheduled 48 Hours in advance and a date/time specific appointment will be provided by the City’s utilities department.

What happens to the existing septic system?
A property owner must either convert or abandon an existing septic system through the Department of Health (305) 289-2721. Proof of approval by the Department of Health (305-289-2721) for conversion or abandonment of septic system or abandonment of cesspool is required within 180 days after City?s final inspection in order to close Building Department permit. If DOH septic abandonment/ cistern conversion approval is not received within 180 days of the final inspection the permit will become expired.

What kind of screen goes into the air intake (candy cane)?
A stainless 4″ screen (Part no. GVF) available thru AirVac, at (574) 223-3980 ext. 353 or http://www.airvac.com. Additionally, there are local plumbing supply stores that may provide this screen.