Town of Ramapo, NY
Rockland County
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[Adopted 1-22-1975 by L.L. No. 2-1975]
As used in this article, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
BUILDING SEWER
The extension from the building down to the public sewer or other place of disposal.
INDUSTRIAL WASTES
The liquid wastes from industrial manufacturing processes, trade or business as distinct from sanitary sewage.
PERSON
Any individual, firm, company, association, surety, corporation or group.
PUBLIC SEWER
A sewer on which all owners of abutting property have equal rights and which is controlled by public authority.
SANITARY SEWER
A sewer which carries sewage and to which storm-, surface and ground waters are not intentionally admitted.
SEWAGE
A combination of the water-carried wastes from residences, business buildings, institutions and industrial establishments, together with such ground-, surface and storm waters as may be present.
[Amended 2-6-2012 by L.L. No. 2-2012]
SEWAGE TREATMENT PLANT
Any arrangement of devices and structures used for treating sewage.
SEWER
A pipe or conduit for carrying sewage.
SEWERAGE WORKS
All facilities for collecting, pumping, treating and disposing of sewage.
STORM DRAIN (SOMETIMES TERMED "STORM SEWER")
A sewer which carries storm- and surface waters and drainage but excludes sewage and industrial wastes.
A. 
It shall be unlawful for any person to discharge to any natural outlet within the Town of Ramapo, or in any area under the jurisdiction of said Town of Ramapo, any sewage or other polluted waters, except where suitable treatment has been provided.
B. 
Except as hereinafter provided, it shall be unlawful to construct or maintain any privy, privy vault, septic tank, cesspool or other facility intended or used for the disposal of sewage.
C. 
The owner of all houses, buildings or properties used for human occupancy, employment, recreation or other purposes situated within the Town of Ramapo, abutting on any street, alley or right-of-way on which there is now, or may be in the future, a public sanitary sewer located within 100 feet of the property is hereby required, at his expense, to install suitable toilet facilities therein and to connect such facilities directly with the proper public sewer within the required state, county and Town regulations, after 30 days of official notice to do so.
[Amended 2-6-2012 by L.L. No. 2-2012]
D. 
No person shall discharge or cause to be discharged any stormwater, surface water, groundwater, roof runoff, subsurface drainage, uncontaminated cooling water or unpolluted industrial process waters to any sanitary sewer.
E. 
Stormwater and all other unpolluted drainage shall be discharged to such sewers as are specifically designated as storm sewers or to a natural outlet approved by the Director of Public Works or his assistants. Industrial cooling water or unpolluted process water may be discharged, on approval of the Director of Public Works or his assistants, to a storm sewer or natural outlet.
F. 
No person shall discharge or cause to be discharged to any public sewers any of the following described waters or wastes:
(1) 
Any gasoline, benzene, naphtha, fuel oil or other flammable or explosive liquid, solid or gas.
(2) 
Any waters or wastes containing toxic or poisonous solids, liquids or gases in sufficient quantity, either singly or by interaction with other wastes, to injure or interfere with any sewage treatment process, create a public nuisance or create any hazard in the receiving waters of the sewage treatment plant.
(3) 
Any water or wastes having a pH lower than 5.5 or higher than 9.5 or having any other corrosive property capable of causing damage or hazard to structures, equipment and personnel of the sewerage works.
[Amended 6-11-1975 by L.L. No. 6-1975]
(4) 
Solids or viscous substances in quantities or of a size capable of causing obstruction to the flow in sewers or other interference with the proper operation of the sewerage works, such as, but not limited to, ashes, cinders, sand, mud, straw, shavings, metal, glass, rags, feathers, tar, plastic, wood, etc., either whole or ground by a garbage grinder.
G. 
No person shall discharge or cause to be discharged the following described substances, materials, waters or wastes if it appears likely, in the opinion of the Director of Public Works, that such wastes can harm the sewers, sewage treatment process or equipment; have an adverse effect on the receiving stream or otherwise endanger life, limb or public property; or constitute a nuisance. In forming his opinion as to acceptability of these wastes, the Director of Public Works will give consideration to such factors as the quantities of subject wastes in relation to flows and velocities in the sewers, materials of construction of the sewers, nature of the sewage treatment process, capacity of the sewage treatment plant, degree of treatability of wastes in the sewage treatment plant and other pertinent factors. The substances prohibited are:
[Amended 6-11-1975 by L.L. No. 6-1975]
(1) 
Any radioactive wastes or isotopes of such concentration as may exceed limits established by federal, state or Town regulations.
(2) 
Any garbage, which shall include but not be limited to the wastes from the preparation, crushing, handling, cooking or disposal of food, that has not been properly shredded after it has passed through an approved garbage grinder approved by the Director of the Department of Public Works.
[Amended 2-6-2012 by L.L. No. 2-2012]
(3) 
Waters or wastes containing substances which are not amenable to treatment or reduction by the sewage treatment processes employed.
(4) 
Materials which exert or cause:
(a) 
Unusual concentrations of inert suspended solids, such as but not limited to fuller's earth, lime slimes and lime residues or of dissolved solids, such as but not limited to sodium chloride and sodium sulfate.
(b) 
Excessive discoloration due to inks or dyes or other substances or processes or combination thereof.
(c) 
Any waters or wastes containing iron, chromium, copper, zinc and similar objectionable or toxic substances or wastes exerting an excessive chlorine requirement, to such degree that any such material received in the composite sewage at the sewage treatment works exceeds the limits established by the Director of Public Works for such materials.
(d) 
Unusual BOD, chemical oxygen demand or chlorine requirements in such quantities as to constitute a significant load on the sewage treatment works.
(e) 
Any liquid or vapor having a temperature higher than 150° F. (65° C.).
(f) 
Any water or waste containing fats, wax, grease or oil, whether emulsified or not, in excess of 100 milligrams per liter or containing substances which may solidify or become viscous at temperatures between 32° and 110° F. (0° and 65° C.).
H. 
If any waters or wastes are discharged or are proposed to be discharged to the public sewers, which water or wastes, in the judgment of the Director of Public Works, may have a deleterious effect upon the sewerage works, processes, equipment or receiving waters or which otherwise create a hazard to life or constitute a public nuisance, the Director of Public Works may:
(1) 
Reject the wastes.
(2) 
Require pretreatment to an acceptable condition for discharge to the public sewers.
(3) 
Require control over the quantities and rates of discharge.
(4) 
Require payment to cover the added cost of handling and treating the wastes not covered by existing taxes or sewer charges.
I. 
Grease, oil and sand interceptors shall be provided when, in the opinion of the Director of Public Works, they are necessary for the proper handling of liquid wastes containing grease in excessive amounts or any flammable wastes, sand or other harmful ingredients, except that such interceptors shall not be required for private living quarters or dwelling units. All interceptors shall be of a type and capacity approved by the Director of Public Works or his assistants and shall be located as to be readily and easily accessible for cleaning and inspection.
J. 
If the Director of the Department of Public Works permits the pretreatment or equalization of waste flows, the design and installation of the plants and equipment shall be subject to the review and approval of the Director and subject to the requirements of all applicable codes, ordinances and laws.
[Added 6-11-1975 by L.L. No. 6-1975]
K. 
Where preliminary treatment or flow equalization facilities are provided for any waters or wastes, they shall be maintained continuously in satisfactory and effective operation by the owner, at his expense.
[Added 6-11-1975 by L.L. No. 6-1975]
L. 
When required by the Director of Public Works or his assistants, the owner of any property serviced by a building sewer carrying industrial wastes shall install a suitable control manhole, together with such necessary meters and other appurtenances in the building sewer, to facilitate observation, sampling and measurement of the wastes. Such manhole, when required, shall be accessibly and safely located and shall be constructed in accordance with plans approved by the Director of Public Works or his assistant. The manhole shall be installed by the owner at his expense and shall be maintained by him so as to be safe and accessible at all times.
M. 
No blowoff or drip or steam exhaust from any boiler or pipe system connected thereto shall be directly connected with the house drain or the house sewer. Such connections may be permitted with the written approval of the Director of Public Works if provision is made for the discharge of steam or hot water into a suitable storage tank or steam condenser provided with proper mechanism for gradually releasing the hot water into the house sewer.
[Added 2-6-2012 by L.L. No. 2-2012]
N. 
Cellar drains in or below the cellar floor to remove groundwater, drains from areaways, courts and the like, roof leaders or the discharge pipe from any pump or other similar mechanical device arranged to care for such ground- or surface water or clear unpolluted water for cooling purposes for refrigeration equipment shall not be connected directly or indirectly with the house sewer. When inspections indicate that water from such sources is being discharged into the house sewer, either directly or indirectly through leaks in the house sewer or in any other manner, such discharge shall constitute a violation of this article and shall be cause for recovery and revocation of any permit previously granted to connect with the sewer under the terms of this article, unless the necessary corrections are made within 30 days from the date of written notice given to the owner of the premises or his agent. Such notice shall be deemed sufficient if sent to the owner by mail, addressed to him at the address shown on the latest completed assessment rolls of the Town, or if mailed to the agent of said owner.
[Added 2-6-2012 by L.L. No. 2-2012]
O. 
No industrial or trade wastes containing more organic matter or having a strength greater than domestic sanitary sewage; chemicals, acids or corrosive agents; animal, vegetable or mineral oils; grease or petroleum products, including, among others, gasoline, naphtha or any volatile or explosive material; or any foreign material, liquid or solid, either in concentrated form or diluted with water, which trade wastes or other materials may detrimentally affect the sewer or the operation of the sewage treatment plant, shall be discharged directly or indirectly into the house drain, the house sewer or the sewer.
[Added 2-6-2012 by L.L. No. 2-2012]
P. 
Wherever the Director of Public Works finds that the materials specified in the previous subsection are about to or are finding their way into the sewer system, whether damage has been caused or not, he shall require the owner of the premises in question to submit application for a special permit for transmittal with his comments to the Board for whatever action said Board deems wise. Said application shall be supplemented by a written report giving complete and specific information as to any treatment facilities to be installed on the premises and the provisions to be made to prevent entrance of any materials not capable of removal by treatment processes. This report shall show the time to be allowed for such installation and the penalties to be imposed in case of failure to comply therewith. Said application shall be accompanied by a fee in advance to cover the costs of the necessary inspection; if treatment facilities are proposed, said fee is to be based on the annual period or fractional portion thereof.
[Added 2-6-2012 by L.L. No. 2-2012]
A. 
Where a public sanitary sewer is not available under the provisions of § 218-13C, the building sewer shall be connected to a private sewage disposal system complying with the provisions of this section and all other applicable state, county and Town laws.
B. 
Before commencement of construction of a private sewage disposal system, the owner shall first obtain a written permit signed by the Department of Health, Rockland County. A permit and inspection fee of $40 shall be paid to the Town of Ramapo at the time the application is filed with the County Health Department.
[Amended 2-6-2012 by L.L. No. 2-2012]
C. 
The installation of a private sewage disposal system shall be completed to the satisfaction of the Rockland County Health Department. Said Department shall be allowed to inspect the work at any stage of construction, and, in any event, the applicant for the permit shall notify the Department of Health when the work is ready for final inspection and before any underground portions are covered. Application for inspection shall be made in writing to the Department of Health, and such inspection shall be made as soon as practical thereafter.
D. 
The type, capacities, location and layout of a private sewage disposal system shall comply with all recommendations of the Department of Health of the State of New York.
E. 
At such time as a public sewer becomes available to a property served by a private sewage disposal system, a direct connection shall be made by the owner of said property to the public sewer within 30 days, and any septic tanks, cesspools and similar private sewage disposal facilities shall be abandoned and filled by the property owner with suitable material such as gravel or dirt at no expense to the Town of Ramapo.
[Amended 2-6-2012 by L.L. No. 2-2012]
F. 
The owner shall operate and maintain the private sewage disposal facilities in a sanitary manner at all times at no expense to the Town of Ramapo.
G. 
One permit shall be issued to cover the excavation and construction of the house sewer and/or to disconnect the existing house drain or sewer pipe from the cesspool or septic tank and then to connect it to the newly laid house sewer discharging into the street sewer, the fee for which shall be determined by the Town of Ramapo.
A. 
No unauthorized person shall make any connection with or opening into any public sewer or appurtenances thereof without first obtaining a written permit from the Director of Public Works or his assistants. A set of plans and profiles for the proposed sewer installation shall be submitted to the Department of Public Works for approval when main lines are being proposed or where otherwise indicated.
[Amended 2-6-2012 by L.L. No. 2-2012]
B. 
There shall be one class of building sewer permit, for residential and commercial service. The owner or his agent shall make application on a special form furnished by the Town of Ramapo. The permit application shall be supplemented by any plans, specifications or other information considered pertinent in the judgment of the Director of Public Works or his assistants. All permit and inspection fees shall be paid to the Town of Ramapo at the time the application is filed.
[Amended 2-6-2012 by L.L. No. 2-2012]
C. 
All costs and expenses incident to the installation and connection of the building sewer shall be borne by the owner. The owner shall indemnify the Town of Ramapo from any loss or damage that may directly or indirectly be occasioned by the installation of the building sewer and shall furnish such financial indemnification as the Town of Ramapo may require.
D. 
A separate and independent building sewer shall be provided for every building or as otherwise approved by the Director of Public Works or his assistants. In the case of duplex buildings (one structure separated by a party wall), a separate and independent sewer line shall be required for each dwelling unit side by side and at such a location as not to encroach or be within 10 feet of a property line.
E. 
No person shall make connection of roof downspouts, exterior foundation drains, areaway drains or other sources of surface runoff or groundwater to a building sewer or building drain which in turn is connected directly or indirectly to a public sanitary sewer.
F. 
The connection of the building sewer into the public sewer shall conform to the requirements of the New York State Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code and the Town of Ramapo.
[Amended 2-6-2012 by L.L. No. 2-2012]
G. 
The applicant for the building sewer permit shall notify the Director of Public Works or his assistants a minimum of 24 hours in advance of when the building sewer is ready for inspection and connection to the public sewer. The connection shall be made under the supervision of the Director of Public Works or his assistants.
[Amended 2-6-2012 by L.L. No. 2-2012]
H. 
No change of line and grade of proposed sanitary sewer, as shown on approved plans and profiles, shall be made without approval of the Director of Public Works.
[Added 2-6-2012 by L.L. No. 2-2012]
I. 
No property owner shall cause or permit a sewer line owned and operated by the Town of Ramapo and located in an easement on private property to be adversely impacted. The installation of any structure, permanent or temporary, such as sheds, pools, decks, fencing and/or other landscape grading and planting within a sanitary sewer easement without receiving written permission from the Director of Public Works is prohibited.
[Added 2-6-2012 by L.L. No. 2-2012]
A. 
The Director of Public Works of the Town of Ramapo or his assistant, bearing proper credentials and identification, shall be permitted to enter all properties and/or dwellings for the purposes of inspection, observation, measurement, sampling and testing. The Director of Public Works or his representative shall have authority to inquire into any processes, including metallurgical, chemical, oil refining, ceramic, paper or other industries, having a direct bearing on the kind and source of discharge to the sewers or waterways or facilities for waste treatment.
[Amended 2-6-2012 by L.L. No. 2-2012]
B. 
The Director of Public Works or his assistants and other duly authorized employees of the Town of Ramapo, bearing proper credentials and identification, shall be permitted to enter all private properties through which the Town of Ramapo holds a duly negotiated easement for the purposes of, but not limited to, inspection, observation, measurement, sampling, repair and maintenance of any portion of the sewerage works lying within said easement. All entry and subsequent work, if any, on said easement, shall be done in full accordance with the items of the duly negotiated easement pertaining to the private property involved.
A. 
Any person found to be violating any provision of this article shall be served by the Town of Ramapo with written notice stating the nature of the violation and providing a reasonable time limit for the satisfactory correction thereof. The offender shall, within the period of time stated in such notice, permanently cease all violations.
B. 
Any person who shall continue any violation beyond the time limit provided in Subsection A shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and, on conviction thereof, shall be fined in an amount not exceeding $1,000 or imprisoned for a period of not more than one year, or both, for each violation. Each day in which any such violation shall continue shall be deemed a separate offense.
[Amended 2-6-2012 by L.L. No. 2-2012]
C. 
Any person violating any of the provisions of this article shall become liable to the Town of Ramapo for any expense, loss or damage the Town of Ramapo suffers by reason of such violation.
This article shall be read together with all local laws and ordinances of the Town of Ramapo relating to sewer system licensing and use, sewer rents, sewage disposal regulations and zoning regulations hereof.