What is a PSL?
Why Should I Fix My PSL?
Compliance Certificate
Buying/Selling Property
Changing Water Meter Size
Courtesy Notice
Exemption Certificate
Time Extension Certificate
$4,500 Refund
Guidelines and Resources
Pautas para Contratistas
Voluntary Compliance

Reschedule Inspection
Cancel Inspection

Check Compliance Status
Compliance Certificate
Exemption Certificate
Time Extension Certificate

Compliance Certificate

A Compliance Certificate must be issued to demonstrate that a private sewer lateral is free of leaks, when one of the three triggers of the East Bay Regional Private Sewer Lateral (PSL) Ordinance applies.

Additionally, a property owner may proactively request a Compliance Certificate even though a Regional PSL Ordinance trigger has not been met.

To request a Compliance Certificate, please select your property and follow the required steps.

What to do when triggering the Regional PSL Ordinance

Follow the links below to view specific guidelines for receiving a Compliance Certificate when hitting the following triggers:

NOTE:During the installation of new gas lines by Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E), some private sewer laterals may have been pierced or completely bored through - known as a cross bore. Underground Service Alert does not typically mark private sewer laterals and as a result, cross bores may go undetected, and if damaged create a potentially hazardous situation. For gas line cross bore information, visit PG&E's website. A review of a closed-circuit television (CCTV) inspection should also include looking for evidence of a cross bore. If you suspect a gas line cross bore, call PG&E at (800) 743-5000. If you suspect a gas leak, warn inhabitants, evacuate the area and call 911 and PG&E at (800) 743-5000.
Disclaimer: EBMUD issues compliance certificates solely on the basis of the performance of the tested sewer lateral in a verification test performed in the presence of EBMUD personnel. The verification test is designed for the sole purpose of determining whether the tested portion of a sewer lateral is free from leaks at the time the test is performed. By issuing this certificate, EBMUD warrants only that the tested portion of the sewer lateral passed a verification test on the date indicated. EBMUD makes no warranty, representation, or guarantee as to the sewer lateral's existing or future condition or its compliance with the legal standards of any other jurisdiction, including building or construction standards without limitation. EBMUD expressly disclaims any and all warranties, both express and implied, as to the sewer lateral's condition or compliance with legal standards and shall bear no liability in connection therewith.

B4. Repair or replace the PSL

Scheduling an Inspection

Please see Scheduling Information for a detailed description of the process to have EBMUD witness your verification test.

Voluntarily Requesting Compliance Certificates

Compliance Certificate may be issued for a property even if the Regional PSL Ordinance has not been triggered. By proactively requesting a Compliance Certificate, property owners benefit by knowing that their lateral is free of leaks. Additionally, property owners will have a Compliance Certificate in hand, limiting the impact of PSL issues on future triggering events (property sales, building or remodeling in excess of $100,000 and changing of water meter size). Compliance Certificate effective periods are shown below.

Please view the guidelines for voluntarily receiving a Compliance Certificate.

Effective Periods for Compliance Certificates

Effective Period Description
7-years:The lateral is not in need of repair, or is repaired if work is needed. The lateral is not completely replaced. The inspection confirms the lateral is free of leaks.
20-years: The lateral is completely replaced. The inspection confirms the lateral is free of leaks.
NOTE: If your property is in Alameda, Albany or Stege Sanitary District (El Cerrito, Kensington, Richmond Annex), and your parcel has a valid and unexpired Compliance Certificate or similar documentation, it is exempt from the Regional PSL Ordinance requirements for the period for which your certificate is valid.