(Amended by Ord. No. 164,895, Eff. 6/26/89.)
(a) (Amended by Ord. No. 171,036, Eff. 6/6/96.) There is hereby imposed a sewerage facilities charge which shall be a fee for access to the City’s sewage system based upon a share of the equity of the system. The system equity shall include:
(i) the reproduction cost less depreciation value of the existing facilities; plus
(ii) the applicable portion of sewage system reserve funds; less
(iii) the outstanding debt of the sewage system.
The share of system equity included in the SFC shall be proportional to the flow, biochemical oxygen demand (BOD) and suspended solids (SS) of the wastewater discharged into the sewage system from the premises as compared with the total flow, BOD and SS discharged by all system customers.
(b) The sewerage facilities charge rates shall be $344.00 per 100 gallons per day average flow, $159.00 per pound per day of BOD and $147.00 per pound per day of SS from the premises. These rates shall apply for all sewerage facilities charges and credits imposed pursuant to Section 64.16.1 of this Code. Any sewerage facilities charge paid on an installment basis shall be based on the charge rates in effect when the applicant entered into the installment payment agreement with the City. (First Sentence Amended by Ord. No. 182,076, Eff. 4/6/12.)
SEWERAGE FACILITIES CHARGE
(Table removed by Ord. No. 170,393, Eff. 3/27/95.)
(c) In the event the premises are to be connected to the City sewer system but the sewage entering such system is treated in the facilities of a Los Angeles County Sanitation District, the sewerage facilities charge shall be 15% of the rates established in Subsections (b), (d), and (f) of this section. (Amended by Ord. No. 165,923, Eff. 7/1/90.)
(d) The City Engineer with approval of the Board shall set the sewage generation factors for various occupancies and for mixed occupancies for the purpose of determining the sewerage facilities charge for new or remodelled construction, or change in use. The operative date of this amended subsection shall be July 1, 1994. (Amended by Ord. No. 170,393, Eff. 3/27/95.)
(e) The Board may require the owner of any property to submit plans, and such other information as it may need to determine the applicable sewerage facilities charge. (Added by Ord. No. 164,895, Eff. 6/26/89.)
(f) For industrial occupancies, the Board shall determine the average wastewater flow for calculation of the appropriate sewerage facilities charge through consideration of metered water delivery data, if available. If not available, it shall consider the peak flow which the occupancy is capable of discharging and the occupancy’s expected operating schedules and practices. It may establish a minimum reasonable operating schedule for use in calculating a minimum applicable sewerage facilities charge. (Amended by Ord. No. 166,980, Eff. 7/6/91.)
(g) (Former Subsec. (e), Relettered by Ord. No. 164,895, Eff. 6/26/89.) The rates fixed by the provisions of this section shall be implemented as follows:
1. All sewerage facilities charges paid on or after the operative date of any amendments to this section shall be at the rates specified therein.
2. (Amended by Ord. No. 170,393, Eff. 3/27/95.) The date for calculating the applicable sewerage facilities charge for a particular project or discharge shall be fixed as follows:
(i) where a sewer connection permit is required, on the date the connection permit is issued;
(ii) where no connection permit is required but a building permit is required, on the date the building permit authorizing the majority of the structural construction is issued; and
(iii) where neither a connection permit nor a building permit is required, on the initial date of the increased discharge which triggers the additional payment.
Where the charge has been paid on or after July 1, 1994 at a certain rate or sewage generation factor, but the connection or building permit referred to in (i) or (ii) above has not been issued, and the SFC rate and/or sewage generation factor changes, the permittee shall pay the additional amount or shall be eligible for a refund, as applicable, when the connection permit or building permit is issued. The amount of the additional payment or the refund shall be the difference between the SFC calculated before and after the changes in rate and/or sewage generation factor. Notwithstanding any other sections of this code, the City Engineer with Board approval is authorized to direct the Controller to make such refunds as necessary.
3. Where application is made for a new house sewer connection permit under Section 64.14(a) of the Municipal Code after a previous permit has expired following its non-extendable two-year duration, and the Sewerage Facilities Charge has been paid at a rate in effect prior to an increase in the charge and the new application is made after such increase, the additional Sewerage Facilities Charge due under the rate applicable at the time of application shall be paid as a condition of issuance of the new permit. (Amended by Ord. No. 168,578, Eff. 3/13/93.)
4. Effective May 1, 1989, the sewerage facilities charge rate to be paid by the property owners for sewer connection on assessment sewer projects will be set at the rate in effect on the date the Ordinance of Intention is adopted by the City Council. The sewer connection must be made within one year after acceptance of the completed sewer by the Board of Public Works. (Added by Ord. No. 168,082, Eff. 8/22/92.)