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Wastewater

Phone: 913-715-8500

11811 S. Sunset Drive, Suite 2500, Olathe, Kansas 66061

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Grease Management: All About Fats, Oils, and Grease

Fats, Oils, and Grease

What is FOG?

FOG is a combination of fats, oils, and grease. FOG includes cooking oil, animal fat and lard, grease, butter, tallow, shortening, and margarine which are all used in food processing and in the preparation of food. Kitchen wastes, along with water that has been used to wash kitchen equipment and floors, contain FOG.

Why regulate FOG?

Protecting public health and safety is a prime responsibility of Johnson County Wastewater. Sewer blockages and subsequent sewage spills pose a threat to public health and safety which can be prevented with proper grease management.

When FOG or food and wastewater containing FOG are poured down the drain, it cools and solidifies on the walls of the sewer pipes, restricting or clogging the wastewater flow. This can result in a wastewater backup into homes and businesses or discharge to the environment.

Johnson County Wastewater has determined that the most effective way to minimize FOG accumulation in sewers is to prevent the introduction of FOG into the sanitary sewer system in the first place. To realize this goal, the department has developed a Grease Management Program to regulate food service facilities.

Location Matters

The Johnson County Wastewater sanitary sewer system serves most cities in Johnson County and parts of Olathe. Click here and scroll to the bottom of the page to to find out if your business is located in the Johnson County Wastewater service area. Enter your address in the box and select "GO." At the top of the page in the "Search for:" box will be the address you entered. Click "Go" again. Your sewer provider will be listed in the Utility Information section.

Who Needs a Project Review?

All facilities serving or producing any type of food or beverage are required to have a project review. Submittal must include:

Please see below for further submittal requirements and the Grease Interceptor Design, Inspection, and Operation Requirements page for additional information.

  1. New Building/Construction - Submit all information listed above with a set of complete building plans.
  2. Tenant Finish - adding a grease interceptor In addition to the information listed above, field verify and label the flow line elevation of the existing plumbing header at the location the grease interceptor outlet connects on the plumbing sheet to confirm adequate depth and fall. This information shall be provided by the contractor performing the field verification and is required with the first submittal.
  3. Tenant Finish or Change of Business Ownership - reusing the existing grease interceptor The grease interceptor must be inspected by Johnson County Wastewater prior to the first submittal. Please contact the Permit Group at 913-715-8520 to schedule an appointment. The interceptor must be pumped and cleaned at the time of the inspection by a pumper of your choosing. In addition, the interior plumbing connections to the interceptor must be verified at the same time as the interceptor is empty. Running water (or minimum 10 gallons of water with a 1 gallon bucket) must be available. If water is not available, a separate pump out and inspection will be necessary when water is available. This inspection must be conducted by a Johnson County Wastewater inspector. Johnson County Wastewater will provide a list of items to be corrected with the plan review comments if applicable.
  4. Tenant Finish - decommissioning or removing an existing grease interceptor A Johnson County Wastewater inspection is required to determine the options available to the building owner. Please contact the Permit Group at 913-715-8520 to schedule an appointment. The interceptor must be pumped and cleaned at the time of the inspection. This inspection must be conducted by a Johnson County Wastewater inspector. Johnson County Wastewater will provide the options for permanent or temporary decommissioning to the owner prior to plan submittal. The selected decommissioning option must be indicated on the plan submittal: Temporary Decommission, Abandon in Place or Removal.
  5. Change of Business Ownership - with no grease interceptor Complete and submit all information listed in the first paragraph.
  6. Low Grease Discharge Waiver (LGDW) - A food service facility that qualifies as a low grease generating facility may request a waiver from installing a grease interceptor.  Any food service facility that uses a deep fat fryer, a grill, a wok, a griddle, a counter-top fryer or any other device that uses fats, oils or grease for cooking purposes shall not be considered as low-grease generating or discharging facility and shall not qualify for a waiver. The LGDW permit must be renewed annually and LGDW facilities will be inspected routinely. To be considered, the facility must meet the following criteria:
    1. Serves only ready-to-eat foods with no preparation at the facility, other than warming, including, but not be limited to: scoop-only ice cream shops, sandwich shops, popcorn stands, hot dog rollers, etc.;
    2. Prepares only

         a.    Uncooked or unbaked food or meals that will be taken from the facility and cooked or baked at another location; or

         b.    Baked goods such as, but not limited to, cookies and pretzels;
    3. Does not engage in more than a minimum amount of dish or pot washing;
     

Site Location Map and Property Lines:

  1. Go to http://maps.jocogov.org/ims/
  2. Enter the address in the “search for location” box above the map.
  3. Check the following “Layers” only:  
    1. “Parcel Outlines” – under “Parcels”
    2. “Building Footprints”- under “Planimetrics”
    3. “JCW Sewer Lines” – under “Utilities”
  4. In the upper right hand corner find ‘Satellite’ with a drop down arrow, change the base map to “Google Map.”  Due to clarity issues, do not use a satellite base map.  
  5. Select the “Print” option.  A window with the selected view will appear in a pop up.
  6. In the pop up, move the map around and zoom in/out as required to show the following:
    1. The entire building
    2. The entire lot
    3. The nearest cross streets with labels
    4. The sanitary sewer main]
  7. Print or save the image and add to the requested drawing sheet.
  8. If a key plan is required, show all tenant spaces within the building and indicate which space this tenant will occupy.

Annual Operating Permit Renewal

All grease interceptor operating permits expire and must be renewed annually. Facilities currently permitted by Johnson County Wastewater will receive a notice prior to permit expiration with renewal materials and instructions. 

Permits are valid only for the year in which they are issued. There are no provisions for the proration of a license or refunding the licensing fees.

Grease Interceptor Pumping Variances

Interceptor Pumping and Cleaning is required at a minimum of once every 90 days for most establishments. A variance may be considered if you believe your interceptor requires less frequent pumping.

The following must be completed in order for Johnson County Wastewater to consider a pumping variance request:

Once the application and fees have been submitted, the operator must have the interceptor pumped and cleaned while Johnson County Wastewater is present to begin the variance process. Please call Johnson County Wastewater's Environmental Compliance Manager at 913-715-6937 to schedule an inspection.

Common Interceptor Forms

Grease Management: Best Management Practices

Prevention is Best

Protecting public health and safety is a primary responsibility of Johnson County Wastewater. Sewer blockages and subsequent sewage spills pose a threat to public health and safety that can be prevented when food service facilities follow the Best Management Practices (BMPs) presented here.

Johnson County Wastewater has determined that the most effective way to minimize Fats, Oils, and Grease (FOG) accumulation in sewers is to prevent the introduction of FOG into the sanitary sewer system in the first place. Follow these tips to help control and minimize the introduction of FOG into sanitary sewers:

  • Post "No Grease" signs above sinks and on the front of dishwashers and/or floor sinks.
  • Wipe pots, pans, dishware, and work areas with paper towels prior to washing, and dispose the paper towels in the trash.
  • Dispose food waste directly into the trash. Garbage grinders/disposals are prohibited.
  • Use absorbents or other materials, like paper towels, to pick up spills before mopping the floor, then dispose of the towels in the trash.
  • Collect cooking oil waste and store in drums or barrels for recycling.
  • Keep grease emulsifying agents out of the sink and drain.

Documents

Grease Management: Interceptor Design, Inspection, and Operation Requirements

The following are requirements for new grease interceptors installed at food service facilities:

Design

  1. The grease interceptor must be of sufficient size to provide a 30 minute detention of the peak wastewater flow. The minimum size for a grease interceptor is 1,000 gallons. The maximum size is 2,000 gallons. The interceptor location must allow for pumping and inspection access. Indoor grease interceptors or grease traps are not permitted in new facilities.
  2. An engineer shall submit grease interceptor sizing calculations on plans and indicate sizing method used (see ​​Interceptor Sizing information below).
  3. The vent line from the sample port riser on the interceptor outlet must be connected to the building waste vent piping.
  4. Grease Waste Fixtures:
    • Garbage disposals or grinders are prohibited in new food service facilities.
    • The following plumbing fixtures (if applicable) MUST NOT be connected to a grease interceptor:
      • Handwashing sinks
      • Drains receiving condensate only
      • Bar sinks not receiving significant quantities of grease
    • The following plumbing fixtures (if applicable) MUST be connected to a grease interceptor:
      • Low temperature chemical (e.g., chlorine) sanitizing dishwasher
      • High temperature (greater than or equal to 180°F) sanitizing dishwashers which must have a cold water solenoid-operated valve or similar device that mixes cold water with the discharged hot water from the machine
      • Three (3) compartment sinks
      • Mop sinks
      • Floor drains in kitchen areas
      • Wok drains

​​Interceptor Sizing

A grease interceptor must provide a 30 minute peak hydraulic detention time as determined by the plumbing fixtures or piping connected to the interceptor. The following table is used to size grease interceptors in the Johnson County Wastewater sanitary sewer service area:

Chart

Method 1

All kitchen drains must be plumbed to the grease interceptor. When using the table above, only use sinks and dish machines in the calculation. Floor drains and mop sinks do not produce a sufficient quantity of water to be added to the calculation, but must be plumbed to the interceptor.

For dish machines, multiply the result by a factor of 0.3 to compensate for the time that the machine is not discharging wastewater.

The interceptor is sized using the drainage gallons per minute multiplied by a 30 minute detention time.

Example: For a two (2) inch drain discharging to a grease interceptor from a three (3) compartment sink and a 2.5 inch drain from a dish machine discharging to the grease interceptor, the calculation is as follows:

22.5 gpm x 30 minute detention time = 675 gallons for the three (3) compartment sink

30 gpm x 30 minute detention time = 900 gallons x 0.3 factor = 300 gallons for the dish machine

675 gallons + 300 gallons = 975 gallons for the interceptor. Round up to 1,000 gallons

Method 2

The pipe diameter after the last grease waste fixture is used to determine the size of the grease interceptor. Pipe shall be installed at one (1) percent slope maximum. Pipe slope shall be indicated on interior plumbing drawings.

Example: For a 4 inch line downstream from the three (3) compartment sink and the dish machine discharging to the grease interceptor, the calculation is as follows:

45 gpm x 30 minute detention time = 1,350 gallons for the interceptor. Round up to 1,500 gallons.

The minimum size for a grease interceptor is 1,000 gallons and 2,000 gallons is the maximum size.

If a larger capacity is needed, grease interceptors shall be connected in series and must be approved by Johnson County Wastewater.

Grease Interceptor Detail

See Commercial Permit Site Plan Example for grease interceptor installation details [pdf]  [dwg zip file]

Please modify the detail to reflect the required volume and piping arrangement for the project.

Inspections

  • Interior Piping
    • Johnson County Wastewater shall inspect the interior plumbing fixtures that are attached to the interceptor before the plumbing is covered. Please call Johnson County Wastewater's Permit Group at 913-715-8520 to schedule an inspection of the interior plumbing before the piping is covered.
  • Interceptor
    • Johnson County Wastewater shall inspect the installed interceptor and exterior piping prior to backfilling and after inspection of the interior piping. Please call Johnson County Wastewater's Permit Group at 913-715-8520 to schedule an inspection.

Operating Permit

Prior to discharging wastewater to a grease interceptor, a food service facility shall obtain their grease interceptor operating permit from Johnson County Wastewater. This permit will be issued after all construction is complete and Johnson County Wastewater has determined that the interceptor and facility complies with the Johnson County Code of Resolutions:

Please call Johnson County Wastewater's Environmental Compliance Manager at 913-715-6920 two (2) weeks prior to opening to schedule a site visit which is required for permit issuance.

All food service facilities in the State of Kansas MUST also obtain a food service license from the Kansas Department of Agriculture (KDA) at 785-296-5600 before opening.

Permitting: Commercial

Effective 11/1/2015, ALL Commercial Permit Applications must be completed online

New Commercial Building Construction

To acquire a building permit for a new commercial building (including multi-unit residential) in Johnson County Wastewater’s service area, a Sanitary Sewer Connection Permit must first be issued to the property owner from Johnson County Wastewater. Project plans should be submitted to Johnson County Wastewater at the same time they are submitted to the city for building permitting.

The following documents are provided to guide the property owner, building owner, engineer, contractors, and other interested parties through the Commercial Building Sanitary Sewer Connection permitting processes and to identify the requirements for the Johnson County Wastewater Permit Site Plan and other project drawings.

Once all required documents are provided to the department, please allow up to 14 calendar days to receive initial review comments. Please allow up to seven (7) calendar days to receive comments for all subsequent reviews until permit issuance. Reviews are completed as quickly as possible in the order in which they are received.

Tenant Finish, Building Expansion, or Change of Use for Commercial Buildings

For building expansions or tenant finish of existing building space(s) occurs, Johnson County Wastewater requires the property owner and/or tenant to complete an application and submit construction plans for review by Johnson County Wastewater. A Johnson County Wastewater permit is required in all locations where a new water utility meter is installed, the water utility meter size is increasing, and for food service facilities. The documents included on this page are provided to guide the property owner, building owner, engineer, contractors, and tenant through the permitting process and to identify the requirements for Johnson County Wastewater's Commercial Permit Site Plan and other project drawings. Once all required documents are provided to Johnson County Wastewater, please allow 14 calendar days to receive initial review comments. Please allow seven (7) calendar days to receive comments for all subsequent reviews until permit issuance. Reviews are completed as quickly as possible in the order in which they are received.

Commercial Project Fees - Fee Change is Effective January 1, 2017

Effective Jan. 1, 2014, sewer connection fees are based on the water meter size for each building or tenant space as issued by the water utility (e.g. WaterOne, City of Olathe, BPU, et al). The Johnson County Wastewater connection fee schedule applies and customers are required to obtain a sewer connection permit for all new water meters or when a water meter size increases. Fees are due to Johnson County Wastewater at the time the meter or meter size change permit is issued by the water utility. Fees for meter size increases will be calculated as the difference in fee between the existing meter and the new meter. The $220 Johnson County Wastewater permit fee, the $440 commercial review fee, additional special inspection fees, and/or grease permit fees continue to be charged for permits as applicable.

Connection Fees: The 2017 connection fee schedule by meter size is as follows. This schedule does not include the $220 permit fee, special inspection fees, or grease permit fees. Please contact a Johnson County Wastewater Commercial Plan Reviewer at 913-715-8520 to discuss meter fees when the meter is larger than two (2) inches and the size is required to accommodate water-in-product or cooling tower makeup water.

METER SIZE                             CHARGES

5/8"                                           $4,400

3/4"                                           $6,600

1"                                              $11,000

1.5"                                           $22,000

2"                                              $35,200

3"                                              $66,000

4"                                              $110,000

6"                                              $220,000

Commercial Plan Review Process

Commercial Permit Process Guide

Commercial Sewer Permit Application Status

Here you may view the review status page for a specific project. Submittal history and required project information status may also be monitored. Select the project name from the dropdown menu then select the “Check Status” link. If you are unable to find the project in the list, please call Johnson County Wastewater's Permit Group at 913-715-8520. Note: If another window pops up asking to accept the security on this website, please select “Yes.”

Commercial Sanitary Sewer Permit Checklist

This is a guide for submitting project information for commercial building and tenant finish projects to Johnson County Wastewater for review. Please note the additional checklist items for projects which include food and/or beverage service.

Commercial Sanitary Sewer Permit with Main Project Checklist  

Please see the document Johnson County Wastewater's Procedures for Privately Financed Gravity Sewer Main Extension for commercial building projects where a new main extension is needed to serve the commercial project site in question. Paragraph Q includes requirements for sewer connection permit issuance for commercial projects when main extension projects are necessary. The Main Extension review and the Commercial Sewer Permit review process are two separate processes that may proceed in parallel.

To monitor the progress of the sewer main extension project, access the Sewer Project Status page. Submittal history and the status of required project information can be monitored. Select the project name from the dropdown menu then select the “Check Status” link. If you are unable to find the project in the list, please call Johnson County Wastewater's Permit Group at 913-715-8520.

Commercial Sanitary Sewer Permit On-Line Application **New**

A completed application is required for all commercial building (including tenant finish) projects in Johnson County Wastewater’s service area. The application is formatted for on-line completion and submittal. Complete all required fields, print a hard copy to submit with the plans (and other information) and select the “Submit” button at the bottom of the page. Please contact JCW’s Permit Group at 913-715-8520 with questions.

This is the first step in applying for a sanitary sewer commercial permit. The document provides information about the applicant, project team, and other project details for permitting to Johnson County Wastewater.

Permit Execution Requirements

Johnson County Wastewater permits shall be issued to the Property Owner. The Property Owner may sign the permit or may authorize another individual to pick up and sign the permit on the Owner’s behalf. The Owner must provide the company name(s) and individual’s name(s) for permitting. The individual authorized to execute the permit is responsible for providing a copy of the permit and all associated documentation to the Owner.
 
By authorizing another individual to execute the permit on the Owner’s behalf, the Owner acknowledges the following understanding in addition to all conditions of the permit:
The Owner understands and acknowledges that connection fees assessed pursuant to the Johnson County Wastewater Sewer Use Code (the Code); are assigned based on the water meter size and use of the building as it is designed at permit issuance and when a new meter or existing meter size is changed by the water utility or if the use, expansion or modification to the building occurs for tenant finish, the plans must be submitted to Johnson County Wastewater for review. Based upon that review, a Modified Use Permit may be required that could result in the assessment of additional connection fees.  Upon completion of the review process, the Owner remains responsible for the payment of any additional connection fees associated with the Modified Use Permit and satisfaction of any conditions contained in the permit.
 
The Owner further understands and acknowledges that if a Modified Use Permit is not obtained and additional connection fees paid prior to the issuance of a City or County Occupancy Permit, the additional permit fees are considered delinquent and shall be assessed and collected (plus interest) in the manner provided by the Code and applicable Kansas law.

Commercial Sanitary Sewer Permit Site Plan Requirements 

Here is an outline of drawing requirements for the Commercial Sanitary Sewer Permit Site Plan. The permit site plan is required for any permit that includes exterior sewer piping and associated appurtenances. It becomes part of the issued permit and a record of the installation.

Commercial Permit Site Plan Example [pdf]  [dwg zip file]

Service Line Design & Construction Standards - Version 2011 

This document includes the Johnson County Wastewater design and installation requirements and material specifications for sanitary sewer service lines and appurtenances.

Standard Detail Sheet  [pdf]  [dwg zip file]

The detail sheet includes:

  • cleanout
  • tee orientation and riser
  • manhole base section
  • standard embedments
  • reinforced concrete encasement
  • standard pre-cast manhole (eccentric and shallow-type)
  • saddle
  • concrete collar
  • impervious ditch check
  • flexible wall connection
  • concrete manhole adapter
  • casing pipe and end seal

Prohibited Discharge Statement

This is a list of materials and chemicals prohibited from being discharged into the sanitary sewer system. The Prohibited Discharge Statement shall be completed, signed, and the original Prohibited Discharge Statement returned to Johnson County Wastewater by the property owner or tenant for permit issuance.

Wash Bay Application

To be completed by a Kansas P.E. and returned to Johnson County Wastewater (along with the standard application and other required submittal items) for review of areas used for washing vehicles, other equipment, or other items. Please note that an exterior basin with an orifice on the discharge is required for all wash bays. Instructions for completing the application and providing additional information (including orifice basin design and sand-oil interceptor sizing) are included in the application.

Public Pool Permit Checklist

This provides guidance for submitting site and orifice basin design information for public swimming pools . Only sand filter backwash and saltwater discharges are accepted from a pool to the sanitary sewer. These pool discharges to the sanitary sewer shall be limited by an orifice located in a basin located outside of the building.  The JCW Public Pool Form must be completed and submitted for all pools. 

Orifice and Basin Detail  [pdf]  [dwg zip file]

(for wash bays and public swimming pools) .

Grease Interceptor

Please visit Grease Interceptor Design, Inspection, and Operation Requirements for more information.

Grease Interceptor Detail  [pdf]  [dwg zip file]

Sand-Oil Interceptor

Design calculations (utilizing the sizing table) shall be completed and sealed by a Kansas P.E. and returned to Johnson County Wastewater for areas with floor drains in vehicle accessible areas. Please see the interceptor detail [pdf] [dwg zip file] . Also see the Wash Bay Application for areas to be used for wash down.

Johnson County Code of Regulations for Sanitary Sewer Use - 2003 Edition

This provides definitions, permit requirements, pretreatment requirements, enforcement remedies, and other regulations for the use of the sanitary sewer system in the Johnson County Wastewater service area. Sanitary sewer connection and modified use permit information is included in the code.

Permitting: Industrial Pretreatment

Pretreatment Forms

Three types of permits or authorizations are available for wastewater disposal to the sanitary sewer system. The appropriate permit or authorization for your wastewater disposal is determined by an evaluation of duration of the disposal, the significance of the disposal upon the sanitary sewage collection system or receiving wastewater treatment plant, applicability to Johnson County's Prohibited Discharge Standards and/or the industrial wastewater discharge categorical standards established in the Code of Federal Regulations (40 CFR 403 through 471).

A Special Wastewater Disposal Authorization (SWD) is issued to industries having a need to dispose of wastewater generated from non-routine activities or unforeseen events.

  • The disposal of this wastewater is typically a one-time event.
  • A Special Wastewater Disposal Request must be submitted.
  • If approved, a Letter of Authorization with disposal conditions specific to the event will be issued.
  • A SWD is valid for one year from the date of issuance.
  • Upon completion of the discharge event, the applicant must submit a letter summarizing the event.
  • There is a fee charged for a Special Wastewater Disposal Authorization.

A Long-Term Wastewater Disposal Authorization is similar to a SWD.

  • The disposal will occur over an extended period of time.
  • The disposal activity:
    • will not have a significant impact upon the sanitary sewage collection system and/or the receiving wastewater treatment plant.
    • does not fall under a categorical standard specified in the Code of Federal Regulations.
    • does not warrant wastewater monitoring by the control authority.
  • Long-Term Authorizations are non-expiring, unless
    • the wastewater flow and/or characteristics change significantly or
    • the discharge is subsequently determined by the control authority to present a concern to the collection system or treatment plant.
  • Upon termination of the discharge, the industry must submit a Letter of Notification.
  • There is currently no charge for a Long-Term Discharge Authorization.

An Industrial Wastewater Discharge Permit (IWD) has stipulations which are different from those outlined in the previous authorizations.

  • An IWD is issued when:
    • an industry has been determined to fall under one or more of the categories specified in the Code of Federal Regulations.
    • the wastewater discharge has been determined to have the potential of significantly impacting the sanitary sewage collection system and/or wastewater treatment plant, or
    • is otherwise deemed necessary by the control authority.
  • An Application for an Industrial Wastewater Discharge Permit must be submitted.
  • A Signature Authorization Form must be submitted along with the application.
  • A draft permit with requirements specific to the industry's wastewater discharge, including wastewater monitoring and reporting requirements, will be sent to the industry for review and comment.
  • The final permit will be issued 30 days following the issuance of the draft permit.
  • An IWD is valid for five (5) years from the date of issuance. Then it must be renewed.
  • There is a fee charged for an Industrial Wastewater Discharge Permit.

Permitting: Residential

*Effective June 1, 2015* 

JCW will inspect to ensure all ground and storm water sumps are located a minimum of 3 feet away from floor drains.  Floor drains shall not be provided for the purpose of accepting flow from a sump pit.  JCW inspection of the completed sump and floor drain installation is required for final approval of the connection.

Effective Jan. 1, 2014, sewer connection fees are no longer based on Equivalent Dwelling Units (EDUs) calculated by square footage and business activity type. Instead, the fees are based on the water meter size for each building or space as issued by the water utility (e.g. WaterOne, City of Olathe, BPU, et al).

Why the change? This change in methodology was approved on March 15, 2012, by the Johnson County Board of Commissioners and makes Johnson County Wastewater's policy consistent with industry best practices and standards.

How does this change affect me? The policy affects information required for residential permit issuance and the order of submissions during the commercial permit application process. In addition, for commercial permit projects, the modified use fee portion of permits associated with tenant finish or building addition projects no longer applies.

The Johnson County Wastewater connection fee schedule does apply and customers are required to obtain a Sewer Connection Permit for all new water meters or when a water meter size increases. Fees are due to Johnson County Wastewater at the time the meter or meter size change permit is issued by the water utility. Fees for meter size increases are calculated as the difference in fee between the existing meter and the new meter. The $200 Johnson County Wastewater permit fee, the $400 commercial review fee, additional special inspection fees, and/or grease permit fees continue to be charged for permits as applicable.

Effective Jan. 1, 2014, sewer connection fees are no longer be based on Equivalent Dwelling Units (EDUs) calculated by square footage and business activity type. Instead, the fees are based on the water meter size for each building or space as issued by the water utility (e.g. WaterOne, City of Olathe, BPU, et al).

Residential Sewer Connection Permit

To acquire a building permit for a single-family residential building or for a multi-unit residential building, where each unit in the building has a separate connection point provided on the sanitary sewer main, a Sanitary Sewer Connection Permit must first be issued to the property owner from Johnson County Wastewater. Existing residential buildings connecting to the sanitary sewer from a septic system or holding tank must also obtain a Sanitary Sewer Connection Permit.

The following information is required for issuance of a Residential Sanitary Sewer Connection Permit:

  • Correct building address
  • Correct legal description of property including: lot number, subdivision name, and plat number or, if the property is not platted, the full boundary description
  • Name, address, phone number, and email address of the property owner
  • Name, address, phone number, and email address of the builder
  • Names, addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses of the interior and exterior plumbers
  • Effective Jan. 1, 2014, when applying for a sewer permit, Johnson County Wastewater needs to know the size of the water meter as issued by the water utility.
  • Copy of the plot plan showing the entire lot, the building, and the proposed routing of the building service line under any of the following conditions as applicable: septic to sewer, more than one building on the lot connecting to sanitary sewer, large lots that require more than 100 feet of service line on the lot to serve the building, or for lots that are to either be split, combined with another lot, or platted

Connection Fees: The 2017 connection fee schedule by meter size is as follows. This schedule does not include the $220 permit fee, special inspection fees, or grease permit fees.

METER SIZE

CHARGES

    5/8"

    $4,400

    3/4"

    $6,600

    1"

    $11,000

Once all required documents are provided to Johnson County Wastewater, please allow one (1) business day for preparation of the Residential Sanitary Sewer Connection Permit. Please see Service Line Design and Construction Standards for information regarding the service line requirements.

Service Line Repairs are addressed at the bottom of this page.

Online Single Family Residential Permit Application

This application is for a Single Family Residential Permit in a platted subdivision. If the lot is not platted, please call Johnson County Wastewater's Permit Group at 913-715-8520 to request the permit. Please select the "Submit" button at the bottom of the application page to submit your application. You will be notified by email when your application is processed.

Residential Sanitary Sewer Connection Permit Checklist

This is to be used if you decide to request a Residential Sanitary Sewer Connection Permit. Simply call Johnson County Wastewater's Permit Group at 913-715-8520, and be sure to provide them with the information listed in this checklist.

Permit Execution Requirements

Johnson County Wastewater permits shall be issued to the Property Owner. The Property Owner may sign the permit or may authorize another individual to pick up and sign the permit on the Owner’s behalf. The Owner must provide the company name(s) and individual’s name(s) for permitting. The individual authorized to execute the permit is responsible for providing a copy of the permit and all associated documentation to the Owner.
 
By authorizing another individual to execute the permit on the Owner’s behalf, the Owner acknowledges the following understanding in addition to all conditions of the permit:
The Owner understands and acknowledges that connection fees assessed pursuant to the Johnson County Wastewater Sewer Use Code (the Code); are assigned based on the water meter size and use of the building as it is designed at permit issuance and when a new meter or existing meter size is changed by the water utility or if the use, expansion or modification to the building occurs for tenant finish, the plans must be submitted to Johnson County Wastewater for review. Based upon that review, a Modified Use Permit may be required that could result in the assessment of additional connection fees.  Upon completion of the review process, the Owner remains responsible for the payment of any additional connection fees associated with the Modified Use Permit and satisfaction of any conditions contained in the permit.
 
The Owner further understands and acknowledges that if a Modified Use Permit is not obtained and additional connection fees paid prior to the issuance of a City or County Occupancy Permit, the additional permit fees are considered delinquent and shall be assessed and collected (plus interest) in the manner provided by the Code and applicable Kansas law.

Service Line Design & Construction Standards - Version 2011

This is a list of Johnson County Wastewater's design and installation requirements and material specifications for sanitary sewer service lines and appurtenances.

Johnson County Wastewater's Standard Detail Sheet

The detail sheet includes cleanout, tee orientation and riser, manhole base section, standard embedments, reinforced concrete encasement, standard pre-cast manhole (eccentric and shallow-type), saddle, concrete collar, impervious ditch check, flexible wall connection, concrete manhole adapter, casing pipe and end seal, etc.

Johnson County Wastewater's Code of Regulations for Sanitary Sewer Use - 2003 Edition

This provides definitions, permit requirements, pretreatment requirements, enforcement remedies and other regulations for the use of the sanitary sewer system in the Johnson County Wastewater service area. Sanitary sewer connection and modified use permit information can be found in the Code.

Service Line Repairs

Under the Johnson County Sewer Use Code, service line repairs are required to be inspected by Johnson County Wastewater to verify the repair work has been completed in accordance with Johnson County Wastewater's Service Line Design and Construction Standards – Version 2011. There are no fees for repair inspections. Please call Johnson County Wastewater's Permit Group at 913-715-8520 to request the inspection or for additional information about repair requirements.

RESIDENTIAL – PUBLIC STREET RESTORATION PILOT PROGRAM

I. Introduction

Homeowners are responsible for the repair/replacement of their private service line from the home’s connection to the point of connection on the public sanitary sewer main. The service line sometimes runs under paved public streets in public street right-of-way. The cost for replacement of a private sanitary sewer service line serving a single family residential property can be substantial and including the cost of public street restoration can make the repair even more costly.

To mitigate public street restoration expense, the Johnson County Board of County Commissioners approved a pilot street restoration reimbursement program in March 2016 which allows reimbursement of up to $5,000 per single family residential property for restoration of the paved public street in the public street right-of-way. The program is administered by Johnson County Wastewater and is subject to the homeowner meeting specific application and qualification requirements. All private service line repairs must meet Johnson County Wastewater inspection standards and all street repairs must meet City permit and inspection standards.

Homeowners would be informed by a plumbing company or by Johnson County Wastewater if the issue is with their private street line and whether or not it will require street restoration and therefore, would qualify for reimbursement.

The reimbursement may be subject to federal or state income tax and participants are advised to consult with their tax advisers.

II. Applicant Requirements for Repair with Public Street Restoration Permit

  1. Applicant (may be Owner or someone authorized to represent the Owner(s)) must complete the Johnson County Wastewater Single Family Residential Repair with Public Street Restoration Online Application.
  2. Submit the application.
  3. 1. Johnson County Wastewater will contact the Owner or Owner’s representative once the application is received.

NOTE: This Pilot Program does not apply to restoration of Private streets.

III. Eligibility

Applicants must meet the following requirements in order to be eligible for reimbursement consideration:

  1. The property must be connected to and served by a sanitary sewer district that is operated by and under the jurisdiction of Johnson County Wastewater;
  2. Property is currently and/or regularly occupied exclusively for single-family residential uses;
  3. The building service line for the property runs under a paved public street;
  4. Confirmation from Johnson County Wastewater that CIPP (Cured-In-Place-Pipe) Lining or Pipe Bursting cannot be utilized;
  5. First come, first served.  Reimbursement is dependent upon funds remaining in the Street Restoration Fund for reimbursement.  Once the reserved fund ($500,000) is depleted, no additional reimbursements will be available.

IV. Applicant Permit Issuance Requirements

  1. None. Johnson County Wastewater does not require the issuance of a permit for this program but confirmation that the repairs will include restoration of the paved public street is required prior to reimbursement.

V. Property Owner Reimbursement Requirement

To qualify for reimbursement of street restoration repairs, the following documentation must be provided to Johnson County Wastewater:

  1. Signed Street Restoration Agreement.
    The Street Restoration Agreement (provided by Johnson County Wastewater) must be signed by all record Owners of the subject property and returned to Johnson County Wastewater prior to reimbursement of street repair costs. The addresses of all record Owners must be included on the Agreement.
  2. An executed W9 form (provided by Johnson County Wastewater) must be received from each Owner.
  3. A Johnson County Wastewater approved building service line repair inspection form.
  4. A City (or other applicable public entity if not a City) approved street restoration inspection form.
  5. A detailed statement (itemized estimate or paid invoice) or copy of the contract between the Owner(s) and the plumber or contractor that was hired to perform the work indicating the nature and extent of building service line repairs to be completed, the anticipated cost of such building service line repairs and the anticipated cost of restoring the public street.
  6. Johnson County Wastewater may request additional information from the property owner as may reasonably be necessary to review and determine if reimbursement of street restoration costs is qualified for and should be approved under the Pilot Program.

Service Line Design & Construction Standards - Version 2011

This is a list of Johnson County Wastewater's design and installation requirements and material specifications for sanitary sewer service lines and appurtenances.