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(a) Permit. No person shall install, repair, replace, modify, upgrade, close or remove an Underground Storage Tank (U.S.T.) within the County of San Diego, unless by authority of a valid, unexpired, unsuspended and unrevoked unified program facility permit containing a U.S.T. Installation, Repair, Replacement, Modification, Upgrade or Closure Element, respectively for such installation, repair, replacement, modification, upgrade, closure or removal, issued to the owner or operator pursuant to the provisions of this Chapter. For the purpose of this section, the underground storage tank includes connected piping and any associated monitoring systems. The U.S.T. Installation, Repair, Replacement, Modification, Upgrade, or Closure Element is valid for 180 days from the date of issue. Fees paid for plan check and inspections for the Element are not refundable after this 180-day period.
(b) Timing of Inspections. Each permit element issued shall specify a deadline for the owner or operator to make the facility available for inspection by the County in a condition that will allow the County to verify correct completion of the activities authorized by the permit. Failure or refusal of the owner or operator to make the facility available prior to this deadline shall constitute a violation of this Ordinance and shall be subject to the penalties set out in Division 8 of Title 1 of this code, for each day after the missed deadline. Such violations shall also be grounds for revocation of the Operating Permit Element.
If an Operating Permit Element is revoked, a new permit fee must be paid to reinstate that Element, so that the required inspection can be performed.
(c) Timing of Closure. An owner or operator of an underground storage tank must apply for a unified program facility permit containing a U.S.T. Closure Element, or, if the owner/ operator has a unified program facility permit, the owner/operator must apply to modify the permit to include a U.S.T. Closure Element to the permit within 90 days of ceasing operation of the underground storage tank. Activities authorized under the U.S.T. Closure Element shall be completed within 180 days of permit approval or modification. The Director may, in his/her discretion, extend the completion date one time, for up to 180 days.
(d) The expiration of the permit Element may be extended one time, for 180 days, with payment of the required Plan Extension Fee.
(Amended by Ord. No. 7428 (N.S.), effective 2-4-88; amended by Ord. No. 8477 (N.S.), adopted 11-8-94, operative 1-1-95; amended by Ord. No. 9293 (N.S.), effective 1-12-01; amended by Ord. No. 9524 (N.S.), effective 1-10-03; amended by Ord. No. 9530 (N.S.), effective 3-14-03; amended by Ord. No. 9859 (N.S.), effective 6-15-07, operative 7-1-07; amended by Ord. No. 10238 (N.S.), effective 1-4-13)