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Town of Canandaigua, NY
Ontario County
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A. 
Installation of the on-site wastewater treatment system shall be under the direct supervision of a design professional. The authority having jurisdiction shall have the right to observe any portion of the installation of the system.
B. 
It shall be prohibited to cover any component of the system without proper authorization from the authority having jurisdiction. Any change of construction approved by the authority having jurisdiction shall be noted on the original drawings before the system is back filled. An additional review and approval shall not be required for any minor alterations to the designs already approved by the authority having jurisdiction. Major alterations to the designs approved by the authority having jurisdiction shall require review and approval by the authority having jurisdiction. Major alterations shall include any changes to the absorption field and/or changes to the size or type of pretreatment tank.
C. 
As-built plans and construction certification by a design professional shall be provided to the authority having jurisdiction after installation is completed.
A. 
All on-site wastewater treatment systems with an absorption area located wholly or partially within 200 feet of Canandaigua Lake or a holding tank located wholly or partially within 200 feet of Canandaigua Lake shall be required to have an on-site wastewater treatment system inspection completed by a certified inspector every five years after the adoption of this chapter.
B. 
If a parcel is located within 200 feet of Canandaigua Lake and the authority having jurisdiction does not have a stamped as-built drawing or other information satisfactory to the authority having jurisdiction showing the location of the absorption area or holding tank, then an on-site wastewater treatment system inspection shall be required during the first five-year inspection cycle. The first inspection shall be completed by the Watershed Inspector. Parcel owners will be exempt from future five-year inspection cycles if the absorption area and holding tank has been determined to be greater than 200 feet from Canandaigua Lake. The authority having jurisdiction will provide written documentation to the parcel owner that the absorption area and holding tank is located greater than 200 feet from Canandaigua Lake.
C. 
The Watershed Inspector shall complete the first inspection for systems requiring inspections pursuant to § 202-10A and B of this chapter that have not been inspected by the authority having jurisdiction since 1990 or do not have a stamped as-built drawing dated on/after 1990. The inspection or stamped as-built drawing must have documented the length, type, and location of absorption areas; the size, type, location and structural integrity of the pretreatment tank; and the tie dimensions. Parcel owners shall receive written notification by the Watershed Inspector regarding this requirement and shall work with the Watershed Inspector to complete the inspection.
D. 
The Town and the Watershed Inspector shall determine a schedule for the five-year inspection cycle, with inspections due on or before December 31 of each inspection cycle year. The Watershed Inspector shall be responsible for notifying parcel owners of the upcoming required inspection by January 15 of the inspection cycle year. The Watershed Inspector shall send a list of parcels requiring inspection to the Town for each inspection cycle year and will copy them on correspondence to those parcel owners.
E. 
Once the parcel owner is notified of the required inspection, the parcel owner will be responsible for arranging the inspection with a certified inspector.
F. 
If a system is inspected between five-year inspection cycles, then the five-year inspection cycle shall be reset for five years from the date of the most recent inspection.
A. 
The authority having jurisdiction shall require an on-site inspection of an existing on-site wastewater treatment system as follows:
(1) 
Prior to a change of use. The owner of the parcel shall arrange for an on-site wastewater treatment system inspection before any change of use is undertaken. The authority having jurisdiction shall determine whether the change represents an increased hydraulic loading to the system. In instances where a site plan approval, special use permit, or variance is required, the authority having jurisdiction shall incorporate the on-site wastewater treatment system inspection report into the review process of the appropriate Planning Board or Zoning Board of Appeals.
(2) 
Prior to a conveyance of real property. The owner of the parcel shall arrange for an on-site wastewater treatment system inspection prior to the conveyance of real property. For conveyance of real property, the inspection must be completed at least 10 days and not more than six months prior to the transfer of property. The inspection report must be filed with the authority having jurisdiction, the current owner, and the proposed new owner prior to the transfer of property. It shall be a violation of this chapter to not have the property inspected prior to the conveyance of real property. If the required inspection does not occur prior to the conveyance of real property, then the authority having jurisdiction will inspect the system following the access procedures defined in this chapter.
(3) 
Prior to the expansion of a building or dwelling that will increase the number of bedrooms and/or bedroom equivalents, or increase the building or dwelling square footage by greater than 25%, or alter a building or dwelling such that the work area exceeds 50% of the aggregate area of the existing building.
(4) 
Prior to any alterations made to the absorption field or any change in the treatment system type.
A. 
All existing on-site wastewater treatment systems requiring an inspection pursuant to this chapter shall be performed by a certified inspector in accordance with and utilizing the OTN System Inspection Findings Worksheet (Rev 01/13 or as updated).
B. 
The authority having jurisdiction reserves the right to observe any on-site wastewater treatment system inspection completed by a certified inspector following the procedures identified in Article 4.
C. 
The authority having jurisdiction shall have 30 days to review the inspection report and notify the parcel owner of their findings. If the authority having jurisdiction deems the inspection or the associated report to be inadequate or incomplete, the authority having jurisdiction will notify the parcel owner by a letter within 30 days from when the report was received. The system shall be reinspected and an inspection report shall be sent to the authority having jurisdiction. The system shall be considered uninspected until an adequate inspection report is submitted to the authority having jurisdiction.
A. 
Upon completion of the inspection, the certified inspector shall document all procedures and furnish the owner with a report of findings. The report of findings must be the OTN System Inspection Findings Worksheet (Rev. 01/13 or as updated).
B. 
All inspection reports must be filed with the authority having jurisdiction within 30 days of the inspection's completion, or by December 31 of the inspection cycle year as required by § 202-10 of this chapter. Failure to submit the report to the authority having jurisdiction shall be considered a violation of this chapter and shall be punishable according to Article VII of this chapter. The system shall be considered uninspected until an adequate inspection report is submitted to the authority having jurisdiction.
C. 
The authority having jurisdiction shall have 30 days to review the inspection report and notify the parcel owner of their findings. If the authority having jurisdiction deems the inspection report adequate, the authority having jurisdiction shall notify the parcel owner by letter, stating that the inspected on-site wastewater treatment system is determined to be either adequately functioning, a substandard system, or in failure. The report of findings by the certified inspector shall be attached and may be used to support the determination.
D. 
All reports shall include photographs of the distribution box and tank.
A. 
The Town Code Enforcement Officer shall not issue a building permit for an on-site wastewater treatment system unless: a plan is submitted by a design professional as required by this chapter; all permit fees have been paid; the plan complies with all specifications of state and local laws; and within the Canandaigua Lake Watershed, a letter of approval has been obtained from the Watershed Inspector.
B. 
Replacement of septic tanks and distribution boxes shall require a building permit but do not need to be designed by a design professional provided such repairs are made to replace existing conditions. All alterations to the absorption field shall require a building permit and a design completed by a design professional.