§ 154-297.02. Food service establishment (grease trap) regulations/existing installations.  

Latest version.
  • (a)

    Permit required. The owner or operator (hereinafter called the user) of a food processing, sales, or service establishment which discharges wastewater into the city's sewer collection system, installed before the adoption of the section, shall obtain a food service wastewater discharge permit. This permit shall be obtained prior to the issuance of any business license issued by the city. Failure to obtain the food service wastewater discharge permit shall be grounds for revocation or denial of the city business license.


    There will be a fee for a food service wastewater discharge permit as set forth in the schedule below.

    Number of Grease Traps Fee
    0—5 $300.00
    6—10 600.00
    11—15 900.00
    16—20 1,200.00
    21—25 1,500.00
    26—30 1,800.00
    31—35 2,100.00
    36—40 2,400.00
    41—45 2,700.00
    46—50 3,000.00
    51—55 3,300.00
    56—60 3,600.00


    For each five additional traps in excess of 60 traps, the maximum fee shall be increased by $300.00.


    A re-inspection fee of $100.00 dollars for each grease trap shall be charged for any facility that fails any grease trap inspection, in addition to any fines that may be imposed by the courts for any other violations as provided in this section.


    The commissioner will evaluate these fees annually, base on the cost to the city of operation and maintenance, and adjust such fees administratively to ensure full cost recovery; provided however, a fee adjustment of less than ten percent per year shall not require approval of the city council. Any such fee adjustment shall be posted in the office of the municipal clerk and permittees shall be given written notice prior to the time for renewal of annual permits.


    Application. All information requested in the food service wastewater discharge Permit application shall be certified by the applicant as true and complete prior to review for approval. The application shall apply to all grease traps located at the same facility having the same street address and operated by the same owner and/or management (referred to as "user"). Each grease trap shall be identified by a unique identifier selected and noted in the application by the user. The commissioner shall review completed applications for approval within 30 days of receipt.


    Permit conditions may include, but are not limited to, the following:


    Permit duration;


    Permit fee;


    Permit non-transfer;


    Frequency of inspection;


    Pretreatment requirements;


    Maintenance requirements;


    Limitations on time or rate of discharge;


    Compliance schedules;


    Requirements for maintenance of records and submission of reports;


    Statement of permission to the commissioner and other duly authorized employees of the city, to enter upon the user's property without prior notification for the purposes of inspection, observation, photography, records examination and copying, measurement, sampling or testing; and/or;


    Other conditions deemed necessary by the commissioner to ensure compliance with this article or other applicable ordinances, laws, or regulations.


    Denial of permit. If a permit for a location is denied, the applicant will be notified within 60 calendar days of the commissioner's determination to deny the application.


    Notification. The applicant will be advised in writing of the specific cause for the denial.


    Process. An applicant who is denied a permit under this article shall have the right to appeal such denial to the mayor. The appeal shall be filed within three business days after the notice of denial is received.


    Replacement of an existing grease trap shall be subject to the standards applicable to new installation of a grease trap set out in this section, unless otherwise approved by the commissioner pursuant to other authority set out in Part 154 of the Code.

(Ord. No. 2001-5, § II, 1-23-01; Ord. No. 2003-90, § 1(Exh. A), 9-10-03)