Utility Inspections at Property Sale
To conserve water, protect local creeks, and prevent sewer overflows, the City has adopted two new ordinances requiring inspections and retrofits or repairs prior to sale of property. These requirements take effect on June 1, 2022. Below are the requirements and required forms to receive a Certificate of Compliance for the Private Sewer Lateral Ordinance (PDF) and Water Conservation Ordinance (PDF).
Private Sewer Lateral Ordinance:
To prevent inflow and infiltration of storm water and ultimately prevent sewer overflows, private sewer lateral lines for all residential, commercial, and industrial buildings will need to be inspected by a Qualified Contractor (has a Contractor's License, Morgan Hill Business License, and NASSCO certification) and repaired if deficiencies are found to meet the city's standards prior to the sale of private property.
This ordinance applies to all properties construction complete in 2006 or earlier. If the property is a new construction that was built in 2007 or later, this inspection is not required. (Note: The exemption date for inspections will increase annually. For example, in 2023 homes built in 2007 or earlier will be required to complete the inspection)
Please follow the process outlined in the Point of Sale Flow Chart (PDF) and use the forms listed below.
In parallel with this ordinance, the City continues its commitment to the health and safety of our community and is working diligently on the public sewer lateral lines.
- Private Sewer Lateral and Private Sanitary Sewer Collection System Inspection Report (PDF)
- Transfer of Responsibility to Repair (PDF)
- Exemption form (PDF)
- Acceptance of Responsibility to Inspect and Repair (PDF)
- Sewer Lateral REPAIR Grant (PDF)
- Sewer Lateral REPLACEMENT Grant (PDF)
Water Conservation Ordinance
To conserve our vital water resources, plumbing fixtures to buildings will need to be inspected prior to resale to certify that they have been retrofit with the high efficiency ones that consume less water. All properties constructed before January 1, 1994, will need to be inspected and retrofitted fixtures (toilets, showerheads, and urinals) at the time of sale, if not already completed prior to a sale, to ensure that they have been updated exclusively with high efficiency plumbing fixtures.
- Water Conservation Inspection Report (PDF)
- Transfer of Responsibility to Retrofit (PDF)
- Exemption form (PDF)
- Acceptance of Responsibility to Inspect and Retrofit (PDF)