City of Crestwood, MO
St. Louis County
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State Law Reference
Private sewers — RSMo. 88.842.
[Ord. No. 626, §§ 2, 3, 10-25-1960; Code 1965, § 14.03]
Terms used in this chapter have the following meanings:
A sanitary sewer, the use of which is or may be authorized by the Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District.
An approved sewer which is located within the distance prescribed in the following table, when measured along adjacent streets, alleys, easements or other permissible ways, from the portion of the building that will result in the shortest route to the nearest point in the sewer line where a lawful connection may be made, to wit:
Type of Building
Distance Between Building and Sewer
Single-family residences
500 feet
Duplexes, flats and apartments
600 feet
Business, commercial and industrial buildings
800 feet
Hotels, tourist courts, motels and trailer camps
1,000 feet
[Ord. No. 626, §§ 4 — 6, 10-25-1960; Code 1965, § 14.04]
Buildings constructed after October 25, 1960 shall be connected to an available sewer before an occupancy permit or certificate may be issued. Occupied buildings which are within the specified distances from an available sewer must be connected to such sewer. As sewers become available to existing buildings in the City, connections to such sewers must be made within 90 days thereafter, except for single-family residences, which must be connected within 120 days.
Any person failing to connect a building to an available sewer as required by this chapter shall be notified in writing by the Director of Public Works to make such connection within 30 days after the date such notice is personally served upon or is deposited in the mail addressed to the owner or lessee of such building. Failure to make the connection within the thirty-day period shall constitute a separate offense, and each 10 days the connection is delayed beyond such thirty-day period shall constitute an additional offense.
[Ord. No. 626, § 1, 10-25-1960; Code 1965, § 14.02]
Outhouses, privies, septic tanks, cesspools, sink holes and private sewage disposal plants are generally recognized in the county and the City as, and they are hereby declared to be, unsatisfactory methods of handling sewer and wastes in a congested community, such as exists in this City, and are to be tolerated only as necessary evils when no approved sanitary sewer line is available, as defined in this chapter.
[Ord. No. 626, § 7, 10-25-1960; Code 1965, § 14.05]
It shall be unlawful for any person to use any of the unsatisfactory facilities described in § 21-3 for the handling of sewage and wastes of a building after the expiration of the time permitted by this chapter for connecting the building to an available sewer, and it shall be unlawful to occupy or permit the occupancy of any building not connected to an available sewer, after the expiration of the time allowed by this chapter for such connection.
[Ord. No. 238, §§ 1 — 8, 7-12-1955; Code 1965, § 14.01]
Percolation test. No person shall build, erect or install any septic tank, sand filter, cesspool or similar sewage disposal unit which depends for partial disposition of the effluent therefrom by soil absorption or percolation, until a test has been made by a competent engineer of the soil on the lot or tract of land on which the leaching field, sand filter or other dispersal ground is to be located, to determine the quality of the soil and the amount or extent of leaching, filters or dispersal field necessary to properly service the tank or other equipment.
Testing fee. The test shall be made upon the order of the Director of Public Works upon payment by the owner, builder or other person desiring installation of the disposal unit, in the sum of $50 for each lot to be tested.
Number of tests. In the case of new subdivisions, the Director of Public Works shall determine whether tests shall be required on each proposed lot or whether a lesser number of tests will suffice in various parts of the proposed subdivision, and no plat of a new or proposed subdivision shall be approved until the amount required to pay the fees of the testing engineer shall have been deposited with the City.
Deposit for fees. Deposits for tests shall be made with the City Clerk/Collector and shall be disbursed upon order of the Director of Public Works.
Test standards. The Director of Public Works, with the advice and counsel of the health commissioner, shall establish rules and regulations for percolation tests, seepage pits and sand filter trenches and shall conform as nearly as practicable to the standards established by the County Health Department.
Construction plan approval. No person shall construct any septic tank, and filter, cesspool or similar sewage disposal unit until the tests provided for in this section have been made and until the Director of Public Works has approved the size of the absorption field, the location of the unit, type of unit and location and specifications for length of pits and trenches, underdrains, filter pipes, gravel base, filter sand, filter bottom, filter walls and filter cover, and construction shall in all details conform to the directions of the Director of Public Works.
Connection. No person shall connect any house or building or sewers to any septic tank, sand filter, cesspool or similar sewage disposal unit after July 12, 1955 unless it has been constructed in accordance with the directions of the Director of Public Works as herein provided and approved by him.
Enforcement. The Director of Public Works shall have authority to deputize competent personnel of the Public Works Department to assist him in his duties under this section.
Editor's Note: Former § 21-6, which pertained to the storm and waste water committee and was derived from Ord. No. 3258, adopted 5-25-1993, was repealed 5-28-2002 by Ord. No. 3731.
[Ord. No. 3530, § 1, 8-25-1998; Ord. No. 3886, § 1, 2-8-2005; Ord. No. 4006, § 1, 10-10-2006; Ord. No. 4078, § 1, 8-28-2007; Ord. No. 4271, § 1, 10-12-2010; amended 4-24-2018 by Ord. No. 4864; 6-14-2018 by Ord. No. 4880; 11-12-2019 by Ord. No. 5003]
The City of Crestwood hereby adopts the Sewer Lateral Repair Policy dated November 12, 2019, attached hereto as Exhibit A and made a part hereof.[1] The Director of Public Services shall make a copy of the Sewer Lateral Repair Policy available to the public in his or her offices. The Sewer Lateral Repair Policy adopted April 24, 2018, is hereby repealed.
Editor's Note: Exhibit A is on file in the City offices.