City of South Pasadena, FL
Pinellas County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Commission of the City of South Pasadena 3-10-2009 by Ord. No. 2009-01. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Sanitary Code — See Ch. 166.
Sewers — See Ch. 169.
Solid waste — See Ch. 172.
Fees — See Ch. A198.

§ 112-1 Definitions and abbreviations.

A. 
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated. Words used in the singular shall include the plural and the plural the singular; words used in the present tense shall include the future tense. The word "shall" is mandatory and not discretionary; the word "may" is permissive.
FLORIDA PLUMBING CODE
The current edition of that section of the Florida Building Code known as the "Florida Plumbing Code."
FOOD SERVICE FACILITY or FACILITY
Any business or food service facility which prepares, processes, and/or packages food or beverages for sale or consumption, on or off-site, with the exception of private residences. Food service facilities shall include, but are not limited to, food courts, food manufacturers, food packagers, restaurants, grocery stores, bakeries, lounges, hospitals, hotels, nursing homes, churches, schools, and all other food service facilities not specifically listed above.
FOOD SERVICE FACILITY OWNER or OWNER
In the case of individual food service facilities, the owner or proprietor of the food service operation. Where the food service facility is a franchise operation, the owner of the franchise is the responsible person or entity. Where the food service facility operation is owned by a corporation, the corporate representative is the responsible entity. Where two or more food service facilities share a common grease interceptor, the owner shall be the individual who owns or assumes control of the grease interceptor or the property on which the grease interceptor is located.
GMP OFFICIAL
Any City Code Enforcement Officer as that term is defined in § 1-16C of the City Code.
GRAY WATER
All of the liquid contained in a grease interceptor that lies below the floating grease layer and above the food solids layer.
GREASE
A material, either liquid or solid, composed primarily of fat, oil and grease from animal or vegetable sources. The terms "fats, oils and grease (FOG)," "oil and grease" or "oil and grease substances" shall all be included within this definition.
GREASE DISCHARGE PERMIT (GDP)
A permit issued by the City of South Pasadena authorizing the discharge of wastewater to the wastewater collection system from a food service facility.
GREASE HAULER
The holder of a valid grease hauler permit from the City of St. Petersburg (GHP) who collects the contents of a grease interceptor or trap and transports it to an approved recycling or disposal facility. The grease hauler may also provide other services to a food service facility related to grease interceptor maintenance.
GREASE INTERCEPTOR
A device located underground and outside of a food service facility designed to collect, contain or remove food wastes and grease from the waste stream while allowing the balance of the liquid waste to discharge to the wastewater collection system by gravity. Interceptors shall be in conformance with the provisions of the Florida Plumbing Code.
GREASE TRAP
A device located in a food service facility or under a sink designed to collect, contain or remove food wastes and grease from the waste stream while allowing the balance of the liquid waste to discharge to the wastewater collection system by gravity. Traps shall be in conformance with the provisions of the Florida Plumbing Code.
REGISTERED HAULER
A grease hauler who has registered its valid City of St. Petersburg GHP with the City of South Pasadena's Community Improvement Department.
B. 
Abbreviations. For the purposes of this chapter, the following abbreviations shall have the following designated meanings:
GDP
Grease discharge permit
GMP
Grease management program
Mg/l
Milligrams per liter
NOV
Notice of violation
PDI
Plumbing and drainage institute
WRF
Water reclamation facility

§ 112-2 Purpose and applicability.

A. 
Purpose. This chapter establishes uniform permitting, maintenance and monitoring requirements for controlling the discharge of grease from food service facilities discharging into the City's wastewater collection system. The objectives of this chapter are:
(1) 
To prevent the introduction of excessive amounts of grease into South Pasadena's and St. Petersburg's wastewater collection systems.
(2) 
To prevent clogging or blocking of the City's sewer lines due to grease build-up causing backup and flooding of streets, residences and commercial buildings, resulting in potential liability to the City.
(3) 
To implement a procedure to recover the costs incurred in cleaning and maintaining sewer lines and disposing of grease blockages.
(4) 
To implement a procedure to recover costs for any liability incurred by the City for damage caused by grease blockages resulting in the flooding of streets, residences or commercial buildings.
(5) 
To issue grease discharge permits (GDPs) to food service facilities requiring maintenance, monitoring, compliance, and enforcement activities.
(6) 
To establish administrative review procedures and reporting requirements.
(7) 
To establish fees for the recovery of costs resulting from the program established herein.
(8) 
To ensure that sludge is properly removed and disposed of in a manner consistent with the laws of the state.
(9) 
To establish enforcement procedures for violations of any part or requirement of this chapter.
B. 
Applicability. The provisions of this chapter shall apply to all food service facilities located within the municipal boundaries of the City of South Pasadena. The provisions of this chapter shall also apply to any grease hauler providing service to any food service facility located within the City of South Pasadena.

§ 112-3 Grease traps and interceptors.

A. 
Requirements. All food service facilities are required to have a grease trap or grease interceptor properly installed in accordance with any and all applicable requirements of the Florida Plumbing Code.
B. 
New facilities. Food service facilities which are newly constructed, or existing facilities which will be licensed to include a food service facility, where such facility did not previously exist, shall be required to install a grease interceptor or grease trap(s) according to the requirements of the Florida Plumbing Code and to operate and maintain the grease trap(s) or interceptor according to the requirements contained in this chapter.
C. 
Existing facilities. Food service facilities shall be permitted to operate and maintain existing grease interceptors or grease traps, provided their grease interceptors or grease traps are in efficient operating condition. The City shall require an existing food service facility to install a new grease interceptor or trap that complies with the requirements of the Florida Plumbing Code or to modify or repair any noncompliant plumbing or existing interceptor or trap when any one or more of the following conditions exist:
(1) 
The facility is found to be contributing oils and grease in quantities sufficient to cause line stoppages or necessitate increased maintenance on the wastewater collection system.
(2) 
The facility does not have a grease interceptor or trap.
(3) 
The facility has an irreparable or defective grease interceptor or trap.
(4) 
Remodeling of the food preparation or kitchen waste plumbing system is performed which requires a plumbing permit to be issued by the City.
(5) 
The facility is sold or undergoes a change of ownership.
(6) 
The facility does not have plumbing connections to a grease interceptor or trap in compliance with the requirements of this chapter.
(7) 
The facility fails to submit a completed application form for a GDP within 30 days after the due date established by this chapter.
D. 
Plumbing connections. Grease interceptors or traps shall be installed in accordance with the Florida Plumbing Code, which requires that such interceptor or trap be located in the food service facility's lateral sewer line between all fixtures which may introduce grease into the sewer system and the connection to the City's wastewater collection system. Wastewater from sanitary facilities and other similar fixtures shall not be introduced into the grease interceptor or trap under any circumstances.
E. 
Grease traps. Grease traps shall be installed in accordance with the Florida Plumbing Code and shall meet the following criteria:
(1) 
Flow control device. Grease traps shall be equipped with a device to control the rate of flow through the unit. The rate of flow shall not exceed the manufacturer's rated capacity recommended in gallons per minute for the unit. Each food service facility is responsible for maintaining appropriate flow control devices.
(2) 
Venting. The flow-control device and the grease trap shall be vented in accordance with the Florida Plumbing Code. The vent shall terminate not less than six inches above the flood-rim level or in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions. Each food service facility is responsible for maintaining appropriate venting of the grease trap.
(3) 
Inspection, cleaning and maintenance. Each food service facility shall be solely responsible for the cost of trap installation, inspection, cleaning, and maintenance. Each food service facility shall contract with a properly registered grease hauler for cleaning services and maintenance procedures or it may develop a written protocol and perform its own grease trap cleaning and maintenance procedures. Cleaning and maintenance must be performed when the total volume of captured grease and solid material displaces more than 25% of the total volume of the trap. Each food service facility shall determine the frequency at which its grease trap shall be cleaned, but all grease traps shall be opened and inspected at a minimum of once per week.
(4) 
Inspection. Grease traps shall be inspected by a GMP official as necessary to assure compliance with the GMP and to assure proper cleaning and maintenance schedules are being adhered to.
(5) 
Repairs and replacement. The food service facility shall be responsible for the cost and scheduling of all repairs or replacement to its grease trap(s). Repairs of replacement required by a GMP official shall be completed within 15 calendar days after the date written notice requiring the repairs or replacement is received by the facility. The City may authorize an extension of time to achieve compliance if the facility can prove that it is not practical to make the repair due to lack of available parts and the repair is not essential to prevent grease from entering the City's system. Repairs or replacement required by a GMP official shall be completed within 30 calendar days after the date written notice of required repairs or replacement is received by the facility. The City may authorize an extension of time to achieve compliance for an additional 60 days.
(6) 
Disposal. Grease and solid materials removed from a grease trap shall be disposed of in the solid waste disposal system.
(7) 
Recordkeeping. The food service facility shall maintain records of the date and time of all cleaning and maintenance of each grease trap in a bound logbook and shall make this book available for inspection by the GMP official on demand. The food service facility shall also maintain the written protocol concerning grease trap cleaning and maintenance procedures and shall make this available to the GMP official on demand.
F. 
Grease interceptors. Grease interceptors shall be designed and installed in accordance with the Florida Plumbing Code. Each food service facility shall operate and maintain its grease interceptor in accordance with the following criteria:
(1) 
Inspection, pumping and maintenance. Each food service facility shall be responsible for the costs of installing, inspecting, pumping, cleaning, and maintaining its grease interceptor. All food service facilities that have grease interceptors shall utilize the solid waste collection franchise holder for pumping services. Pumping services shall include the initial complete removal of all contents, including floating materials, wastewater, and bottom sludge and solids from the interceptor. The return of gray water back into the grease interceptor from which the wastes were removed is allowable only for food service facilities which have not obtained an administrative pumping agreement which allows pumping less than monthly, provided that grease and solids are not returned to the interceptor, and further provided that the solid waste franchise holder has written authorization from the food service facility to return the gray water. Grease interceptor cleaning shall include scraping excessive solids from the walls, floors, baffles and all pipe work. The grease hauler shall wait at least 20 minutes to allow the interceptor waste to separate in the truck tank before attempting to reintroduce the gray water to the interceptor. The volume of gray water returned to the interceptor shall not exceed 75% of the volume of the interceptor. It shall be the responsibility of each food service facility to inspect its grease interceptor during the pumping procedure to ensure that the interceptor is properly cleaned out and that all fittings and fixtures inside the interceptor are in working condition and functioning properly.
(2) 
Interceptor pumping frequency. Each food service facility shall have its grease interceptor(s) pumped at a minimum frequency of once every calendar month. There shall be a minimum period of three weeks between each required pumping. In addition to required monthly pumping, each food service facility shall determine an additional frequency at which its grease interceptor(s) shall be pumped according to the following criteria:
(a) 
When the floatable grease layer exceeds six inches in depth as measured by an approved dipping method; or
(b) 
When the settleable solids layer exceeds eight inches in depth as measured by an approved dipping method; or
(c) 
When the total volume of captured grease and solid material displaces more than 25% of the capacity of the interceptor as calculated using an approved dipping method; or
(d) 
When the interceptor is not retaining/capturing oils and greases.
(3) 
Administrative pumping agreement. If a food service facility determines that monthly pumping of its grease interceptor is unnecessary in order to remain in compliance with the criteria of Subsection F(2) above, the facility may make written application to enter into an administrative pumping agreement with the CID of the City. The procedure for procuring such an agreement shall be as follows:
(a) 
The food service facility shall submit an application for an administrative pumping agreement on a form provided by the City. The application shall include the next date and time the facility intends to have its interceptor pumped and cleaned and an affidavit from the applicant stating that it shall permit no further pumping or cleaning of the interceptor until the City has completed its evaluation and notified the applicant of the appropriate pumping frequency.
(b) 
A GMP official shall inspect the interceptor on the specified date and time during or after the pump-out procedure.
(c) 
If the interceptor is in good working condition during the initial inspection, the GMP official shall reinspect the interceptor approximately 30 days after the initial inspection.
(d) 
After the initial reinspection, the GMP official shall inspect the interceptor at intervals of approximately every 14 working days to determine the grease and solids level using a dipping method approved by the City.
(e) 
If, during reinspection, the level of grease reaches six inches or the level of solids reaches eight inches, the GMP official shall use the number of days from the initial pumping date to the final reinspection date as the new pumping frequency requirement to be included in the administrative pumping agreement.
(f) 
If, at a reinspection, the level of grease exceeds six inches or the level of solids exceeds eight inches, the GMP official shall use the number of days from the initial pumping date to the previous reinspection date as the new pumping frequency requirement to be included in the administrative pumping agreement granted.
(g) 
Where two or more interceptors are located at the same facility on different laterals, one application process shall apply to both interceptors and different pumping agreements may be determined for each interceptor.
(h) 
Where two or more interceptors are connected in series on the same lateral, one application process shall apply to both interceptors. The two or more interceptors shall all be initially pumped on the same day, and the pumping schedule for the first interceptor shall be determined when the grease or solids criteria are reached. The first interceptor shall not be pumped at this time, and the procedure shall continue to monitor the second interceptor until either the grease or solids criteria are reached. At this time, both interceptors must be pumped and the new pumping agreement for the first and second interceptors will be issued.
(i) 
If there is any evidence that the interceptor has been tampered with or pumped out during the administrative pumping schedule procedure, the procedure will be declared null and void and a new application and fee will be required from the food service facility to restart the procedure.
(j) 
The determined administrative pumping agreement shall be in force until there is either a change in ownership of the food service facility or extensive remodeling of the kitchen occurs which requires a City plumbing permit to be issued.
(k) 
In any event, pump-out and cleaning of an interceptor shall be required at least once every 180 days with no return of gray water to the interceptor.
(l) 
Failure to provide complete pump-out of interceptor at the required intervals may result in a revocation of the approved administrative pumping agreement.
(4) 
Inspection. Grease interceptors shall be inspected by a GMP official as necessary to assure compliance with the GMP and to determine if proper cleaning and maintenance schedules are being adhered to. If, upon inspection, an interceptor is found to have six inches or more of grease or eight inches or more of solids, the food service facility shall be required to have the interceptor pumped out within 72 hours of the inspection date. Failure to pump out the interceptor shall constitute a violation of this chapter.
(5) 
Repairs and replacement. Each food service facility shall be responsible for the cost and scheduling of all repairs to or replacement of its grease interceptor(s). Repairs or replacement required by a GMP official shall be corrected within 15 calendar days after the date written notice requiring the repairs or replacement is received by the facility. The City may authorize an extension of time to achieve compliance if the facility can prove that it is not practical to make the repair due to lack of available parts and the repair is not essential to prevent grease from entering the City's system.
(6) 
Disposal. Wastes removed from each grease interceptor shall be disposed of at a facility permitted to receive such wastes or at a location designated by the City of South Pasadena for such purposes. Neither grease nor solid materials removed from interceptors shall be returned to any grease interceptor, private sewer line or to any portion of the City's wastewater collection system or water reclamation facilities.
(7) 
Recordkeeping. Each food service facility shall maintain a logbook in which a record of all interceptor maintenance is entered, including the date and time of the maintenance, details of any repairs required and dates of repair completion and any other records pertaining to the interceptor. This logbook shall be made available for review upon request by the GMP official. Each food service facility shall also maintain a file on-site which contains the following information:
(a) 
The (as-built) drawings of the plumbing system, if available; if as-built drawings are not available, other drawings of sufficient detail to depict the plumbing layout of the food service facility. The file shall be available at all times for inspection and review by the GMP official. The failure to maintain complete records or to provide such records to the GMP official upon request constitutes a violation of this chapter.
(b) 
A copy of the current grease disposal permit.
(c) 
Copies of quarterly reports.
(d) 
Receipts from grease pumpers, plumbers, parts suppliers, etc.
(e) 
Log of pumping or cleaning activities.
(f) 
Log of maintenance activities.
(8) 
Quarterly reporting. Each food service facility shall submit a quarterly report to the City on a form provided by the City. Reports shall be submitted on or before the last day of March, June, September and December in each year. Each report shall record the number of times the interceptor has been cleaned since the last report and shall indicate the depth, in inches, and the volume of liquids and solids removed on each occasion and the name and address of the grease hauler. Each report shall include copies of either the grease hauler's receipt or manifest. If an administrative pumping agreement has been granted, the alternate cleaning frequency shall also be reported. Each report shall also note any repairs that have been made to the interceptor or trap, including the dates that these repairs were affected. Reports shall be submitted to the address provided in the permit and shall be deemed to be late and subject to a late fee if they are received by the City more than 30 days after the end of each month specified above. If a food service facility authorizes a grease hauler to submit reports on its behalf in accordance with Subsection F(11) of this section, the facility owner is not relieved of its responsibilities pursuant to this chapter. However, in the event reports are not timely submitted or are incomplete, the GMP official will attempt to first contact the registered hauler and request that the deficiencies be corrected.
(9) 
Additives. Any chemicals, enzymes, emulsifiers, live bacteria or other grease cutters or additives used for purposes of grease reduction shall be approved by the GMP official prior to their addition to grease traps or grease interceptors by the food service facility or the grease hauler. MSDS sheets and any other applicable information concerning the composition, frequency of use and mode of action of the proposed additive shall be sent to the City, together with a written statement outlining the proposed use of the additive(s). Based upon the information received and any other information solicited from the potential user or supplier, the City shall permit or deny the use of the additive in writing. Permission to use any specific additive may be withdrawn by the City at any time.
(10) 
Alternative grease removal devices or technologies. Alternative devices and technologies such as automatic grease removal systems shall be subject to written approval by the Director prior to installation. Approval of the device shall be based on demonstrated (proven) removal efficiencies and reliability of operation. The City may approve these types of devices depending on manufacturer's specifications on a case-by-case basis. The food service facility may be required to furnish analytical data demonstrating that grease discharge concentrations to the City's wastewater collection system will not exceed the limitation established in § 169-21 of the City Code.
(11) 
Registered grease haulers. A food service facility may authorize a grease hauler to act on its behalf regarding inspection, disposal, records maintenance, and reporting, provided the grease hauler has completed and submitted a grease program registration form to the Department of Community Improvement and timely quarterly reports containing the following information:
(a) 
Name and address of each facility and the depth of grease and solids removed from interceptor.
(b) 
Any defects in the grease interceptor.
(c) 
Date of pump-out and notation of whether or not gray water was returned to the interceptor.
(d) 
Capacity of interceptor tank.

§ 112-4 Food service facility permitting program.

A. 
Permitting requirements for food service facilities. All food service facilities except those permitted as significant industrial users shall be required to apply for and obtain a grease discharge permit (GDP) from the City. The City shall approve, deny, or approve with special conditions all applications for GDPs in accordance with the policies and regulations established in this chapter. The GDP shall be in addition to any other permits, registrations, or business licenses which may be required by federal, state, or local law. It shall be a violation of this chapter for any food service facility identified by the City to discharge wastewater containing fats, oils, and grease to the City's wastewater collection system without a current GDP.
B. 
Application form. The City shall provide an application form for a GDP. The appropriate form shall be sent to all food service facility owners identified by the City. All food service facilities required under the terms of this program to obtain a GDP shall submit a completed application form for a GDP to the City at the address shown on the form within 30 calendar days of receipt of the form. Each application form submitted shall include the following information:
(1) 
Name, address, telephone number and location (if different from the mailing address) of applicant, owner of the premises (if different from the tenant when property is leased) from which fats, oils and grease are discharged, and the name of a representative duly authorized to act on behalf of the food service facility.
(2) 
A description of the activities, facilities, and plant processes on the premises, including a list of all equipment, raw materials and chemicals used or stored at the facility. Material safety data sheets (MSDSs) of all such chemicals shall be included.
(3) 
A drawing in sufficient detail to show the location of all kitchen equipment that produces wastewater, and all sewers, floor drains, sewer connections, grease interceptors and appurtenances in the user's premises if known or it may be readily ascertained.
(4) 
Number of employees, number and times of shifts, and hours and days of facility operation.
(5) 
Copies of recent water bills (not applicable to new businesses).
(6) 
Details of all grease interceptor or grease trap maintenance within the past year (not applicable to new businesses).
(7) 
A signed statement from the food service facility owner that the information provided is accurate, and that the applicant agrees to abide by the regulations contained in this chapter, as well as any other applicable federal, state or local regulations governing the food service facility.
(8) 
Any other information determined by the Director of the Community Improvement Department to be necessary in order to evaluate the GDP application.
C. 
Facilities with shared interceptor. In addition to each food service facility whose facility is plumbed to a shared interceptor, the owner of an interceptor used by multiple food service facilities shall be issued a separate permit requiring compliance with this chapter. All food service facilities connected to the shared interceptor shall be named in the permit and shall be supplied a copy of the City's Fats, Oil, and Grease Best Management Practices Manual and shall be subject to inspections by GMP officials.
D. 
Prepermit inspection procedure; individual food service facility. Once a completed application form has been received, the food service facility will be inspected prior to the issuance of the GDP. During the prepermit inspection, the information contained in the application form will be verified, the average daily potable water use will be calculated and the grease interceptor or trap will be inspected. If all information is verified and the grease interceptor or trap is in proper working condition, a GDP will be issued, together with a copy of the City's information document entitled "Fats, Oil, and Grease Best Management Practices Manual." If the grease interceptor or trap requires any maintenance or repairs, or incorrect information has been given, the GMP official shall provide a written notice to correct any deficiencies, including a required time schedule for repairs to be effected prior to a second prepermit inspection. Second prepermit inspections shall be performed after a minimum of 30 calendar days have elapsed to allow for corrective action by the food service facility to occur. If the facility is not in compliance at the second prepermit inspection, charges and fees will be levied for future inspections. An application for a permit shall be granted with conditions or denied within 60 days after the date of the last prepermit inspection in which the applicant's facility is in compliance.
E. 
Grease discharge permit. The following criteria apply to all GDPs:
(1) 
Each GDP shall be effective for a three-year period and shall have an effective date and an expiration date.
(2) 
The GDP must be displayed in a conspicuous place where it can be seen by the staff of the food service facility, and a copy of the GDP must be kept in the records file.
(3) 
The GDP shall be issued to a specific user for a specific operation. GDPs will vary in content and requirements depending on the class of the food service facility and the type of grease removal device(s) installed. A GDP shall not be transferred or sold to a new owner under any circumstances. A new owner is required to apply for a new GDP.
(4) 
An application for renewal of the GDP shall be submitted at least 60 days prior to the expiration date of the existing GDP by each applicant wishing to continue to discharge into the wastewater collection system. Failure to submit applications in a timely manner shall constitute a violation of this chapter.
(5) 
The terms and conditions of the GDP are subject to modification by the City during the term of the permit, if limitations or requirements in this program are modified. The user shall be informed of any proposed changes in the issued permit at least 60 days prior to the effective date of the change(s). Any changes or new conditions in the GDP shall include a reasonable schedule for achieving compliance.
F. 
Entry. Each food service facility shall allow the GMP official and other duly authorized employees or agents of the City bearing proper credentials and identifications access at all reasonable times to all parts of the premises for the purpose of inspection, observation, records examination, measurement, sampling and testing in accordance with the provisions of this chapter. The refusal of any food service facility to allow the GMP official entry to or upon the facility's premises for purposes of inspection, sampling effluents or inspecting and copying records or performing such other duties as shall be required by this chapter shall constitute a violation of this chapter. The Director of Community Improvement may seek a warrant or use such other legal procedures as may be advisable and reasonably necessary to discharge his duties pursuant to this chapter.
G. 
Inspection. All food service facilities shall be inspected as follows:
(1) 
Prepermit inspections. Prepermit inspections shall be conducted by GMP officials as outlined in § 112-4D.
(2) 
Inspections. The GMP official shall inspect food service facilities on both an unscheduled and unannounced basis and on a scheduled basis after a GDP has been issued to verify continued compliance with the requirements of this chapter. The GMP official shall also determine if the practices contained in the Fats, Oil and Grease Best Management Practices Manual issued to the facility have been implemented. All food service facilities with current GDPs shall be inspected. Inspections shall include all equipment, food processing and storage areas and shall include a review of the processes that produce wastewater discharged from the facility through the grease interceptor/trap. The GMP official shall also inspect the interceptor/trap maintenance logbook and file, other pertinent data, the grease interceptor/trap and may check the level of the interceptor/trap contents and/or take samples as necessary. The GMP official shall record all observations in a written report. Any deficiencies shall be noted, including, but not limited to:
(a) 
Failure to properly maintain the grease interceptor or trap in accordance with the provisions of the grease discharge permit and this chapter.
(b) 
Failure to report changes in operations, or wastewater constituents and characteristics.
(c) 
Failure to report pumping activities or keep copies of manifest forms or receipts.
(d) 
Failure to maintain logs, files, records or access for inspection or monitoring activities.
(e) 
Failure to obtain or renew the oil and grease discharge permit in a timely manner.
(f) 
Any other inconsistency with the program that requires correction by the food service facility concerned.
(g) 
Inability of existing grease interceptor or grease trap to prevent discharge of grease into sewer system as evidence by build-up of grease downstream of the grease interceptor or trap. If any deficiencies are recorded by the GMP official during an inspection, the GMP official shall provide the food service facility a written notice to correct the deficiency within 15 calendar days, and a tentative date for a first reinspection.
(3) 
Reinspections. The GMP official shall reinspect food service facilities which received deficiency notices after the original inspection. The GMP official shall inspect any repairs or other deficiencies and shall provide written notice of compliance or noncompliance as the case may be. In the event that the food service facility has returned to compliance with all of the deficiencies, there shall be no charge for the reinspection. In the event of continuing noncompliance, successive reinspections will be scheduled and appropriate fees shall be charged to the food service facility concerned for the first and all successive reinspections. A first reinspection shall be performed after a minimum of 15 calendar days have elapsed to allow for corrective action by the food service facility to be completed.

§ 112-5 Grease hauler regulation program.

A. 
Administration and registration of grease haulers. Any person, firm, or business desirous of collecting, pumping or hauling grease interceptor or grease trap wastes from businesses located within the municipal limits of South Pasadena must hold and maintain a current City of St. Petersburg grease hauler permit and shall be required to register said permit with the City of South Pasadena. The permit must specifically list each vehicle covered under the permit.
B. 
Registration required. It shall be unlawful for any grease hauler to clean or pump out grease interceptors or traps within the City limits without having a copy of its valid City of St. Petersburg GHP on file with the City of South Pasadena. The registration of the permit with the City of South Pasadena shall be in addition to any other business tax receipts or registrations which may be required by federal, state, and local agencies having lawful jurisdiction.
C. 
Spill reporting. Any accident, spill, or other discharge of grease or gray water which occurs within the City shall be reported to the City by the grease hauler as soon as possible but not longer than 24 hours after the incident. The grease hauler shall comply with all procedures contained in federal, state and local regulations. The grease hauler shall be responsible for all clean-up procedures and costs.
D. 
Recordkeeping. Grease haulers shall retain and make available for inspection and copying all records related to grease interceptor pumping and grease disposal from businesses located in the South Pasadena wastewater collection service area. These records shall remain available for a period of at least three years. The failure to provide information to the City within 10 days of a written request is a violation of this chapter and may result in revocation of permit registration and reporting of the violation to the City of St. Petersburg. The City may require additional recordkeeping and reporting, as necessary, to ensure compliance with the terms of this chapter.
E. 
Vehicle inspection. Grease haulers shall permit the City to inspect grease haulers' registered vehicles.
F. 
Disposal. Waste removed from each grease interceptor or trap shall be disposed of at a facility permitted to receive such waste. Neither grease nor solid materials removed from interceptors shall be returned to any grease interceptor, private sewer line, or to any portion of the City's wastewater collection system or water reclamation facilities without prior written permission from the Director of Community Improvement. A violation of this section shall result in an immediate revocation of the registration within South Pasadena in addition to any other enforcement action taken.
G. 
Removal from registered hauler list. In the event a registered hauler fails to submit reports in a timely manner twice within any two-year period or the repeated submission of incomplete reports will result in the removal of that hauler from the registered hauler list. Registered haulers are required to keep a current valid City of St. Petersburg permit on file with the City of South Pasadena Department of Community Improvement.

§ 112-6 Fees and billing.

The fees provided for in this chapter are separate and distinct from all other fees chargeable by the City. All fees shall become immediately due and owing to the City upon receipt of an invoice(s) for rendition of services or expenditure by the City and shall become delinquent if not fully paid within 45 days after receipt. All fees shall be established by resolution of the City Commission.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: See Ch. A198, Fees.

§ 112-7 Appeal of permit denial, revocation or conditions of approval.

A permit denial or revocation of a permit or an appeal from conditions contained in a permit pursuant to this chapter may be appealed to the City Commission of the City of South Pasadena. The permit applicant or food service facility owner shall have 30 days from the date of notification of the permit approval with conditions, denial or revocation to submit a written request for a hearing. Failure to file an appeal constitutes acceptance of the decision to deny or revoke a permit or to issue a permit with conditions. The City Commission shall conduct a public hearing and decide within 90 days from the receipt of the appeal whether or not to reverse or modify the decision of the Department of Community Improvement. The decision of the City Commission shall be final. The City Commission shall follow the same guidelines as established in the City Code with respect to permit issuance, and may impose reasonable conditions on any order granting the permit. In conducting a public hearing, the Commission may receive new evidence and shall not be bound by the technical rules of evidence.

§ 112-8 Legal proceedings.

A. 
Search warrant. The Director of Community Improvement, through the City Attorney, may seek to obtain a search warrant from the appropriate authority to gain access to a food service facility for the purposes of inspection and monitoring if lawful entry under this chapter has previously been denied by the food service facility.
B. 
Violations. Any person who is found to have violated any provision of this chapter or any condition of a permit issued pursuant to this chapter or who has falsified any application record or report required by this chapter shall be subject to the penalties set forth in § 1-16 of the Code of Ordinances, and if the City issues a citation, violations of this chapter shall be considered a Class I offense.
C. 
Grease hauler enforcement. Failure of any grease hauler to comply with the requirements of this chapter or with the provisions of its underlying permit shall constitute a violation of this chapter. Violations of the provisions of this chapter shall subject the hauler to the enforcement procedures and penalties set forth in § 1-16, and in addition the City may revoke the grease hauler's registration, thereby preventing the hauler from legally doing business within City limits in accordance with the following procedures:
(1) 
Notice of violation. A notice of violation (NOV) will be issued to any grease hauler which is found to be in noncompliance with the regulations and requirements of this chapter. Response to this NOV must be received by the City within 10 calendar days of its receipt by the grease hauler. The grease hauler will be required to describe how the noncompliance occurred, verification that the violation has been corrected, and shall provide assurance that steps will be taken to prevent the reoccurrence of the noncompliance. Failure to comply shall result in revocation of the grease hauler's registration.
(2) 
Registration revocation. Any grease hauler registration may be suspended or revoked in whole or in part during its term for cause shown, including, but not limited to, any one of the following:
(a) 
Falsification of any information submitted as part of the application for the underlying City of St. Petersburg grease hauler permit.
(b) 
Falsifying information regarding collection and disposal of sludge and wastewater.
(c) 
Discharging any grease, liquid, or solid waste into a nonauthorized location.
(d) 
Failure to comply with the conditions of his registered permit.
(3) 
Recovery of costs. When a discharge of waste causes an obstruction, damage or any other impairment to the facilities, or any expense of whatever character or nature to the City, the Director shall assess the expenses incurred by the City to clear the obstruction, repair damage to the facility, and any other expenses or damage of any kind or nature suffered by the City. The Director shall file a claim with the user or any other person or entity causing such damages seeking reimbursement for any and all expenses or damages suffered by the City. If the claim is ignored or denied, the Director shall notify the City Attorney to take such measures as shall be appropriate to recover any expense or to correct other damages suffered by the City.
(4) 
Remedies nonexclusive. The remedies provided for in this chapter are not exclusive. The City may take any, all, or any combination of these actions against a person violating this chapter.