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Santa Monica, CA 90401

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Santa Monica, CA 90401

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Sewer Permit

No person shall make, construct, alter or repair any house connection sewer, bonded house connection sewer, special house connection sewer, industrial waste sewer connection, industrial waste storm drain connection, storm drain connection, or special drainage connection, or any portion of any such sewer or storm drain connection, including sampling manholes, or connect any house sewer, soil pipe, or plumbing to any such sewer or storm drain connections or to a sewer or storm drain under the jurisdiction of the City of Santa Monica without first obtaining a written permit therefor from the Street Superintendent. (SMMC 7.04.490)


Work authorized by a Sewer Permit must commence within 30 days of the date of issuance or it will automatically expire.

Contractor License Requirements

Contractors must possess a valid license issued by the Contractor State License Board (CSLB). Contractors shall possess one of the license classifications below based on the work being performed:

Type of Work CSLB Classication
Sewer Lateral A (preferred), C34, C42 (preferred)
Sewer Main A (preferred), C34, C42 (preferred)

How to Apply

Sewer Permit applications are accepted accepted via email at This inbox is monitored Monday through Thursday 8 A.M. to 5 P.M. Due to recent City restructuring, our response times are currently delayed. Please do not send multiple emails regarding your inquiry; staff process all emails in the order received and will respond to your inquiry as soon as possible.

Required Documents at Time of Application

The following documents must be submitted at the time of an application:

  • Location Address
  • Contractor proof of insurance. Click here for the City's insurance requirements. Click here for a sample certificate of insurance.
  • Contractor information to be included in email (valid CSLB license number, Contractor Business Name, Name of Contractor, Contact Information)
  • A valid City business license

Additional Required Documents

Projects in certain locations need additional documentation. Please refer to the table below to see if your project will require additional documentation.

Condition Rate
The project will encroach into a travel lane (bike/vehicle) on a road classified by the City as a "Street of Significance" Temporary Traffic Control Plans reviewed/stamped by the Traffic Management Division
The project will encroach into a travel lane (bike/vehicle) on a road not classified by the City as a "Street of Significance" Traffic Control Plan Supplement approved by the Transportation Planning Division
The project is in an alley and will be unable to maintain 11-ft of clearance in the alley at all times Roadway Closure Permit approved by the Transportation Planning Division


The fees below are effective for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020. Permits issued after June 30, 2020 will be subject to the fees set for the subsequent fiscal year.

Sewer Cap  
  At Time of Saddle Installation $533.14
  After Saddle Installation $533.14
Sewer Lateral Inspection - Required for sewer lateral repairs $569.11
Sewer Saddle Connection - Required for new sewer laterals $1,024.02
Sewer Reinspection $269.30

Forms and Documents

Click the links below to access forms and documents related to Sewer Permits.

Updated July 26, 2021
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