13.12.235 – Private sewage disposal systems requirements generally

  1. Where a public sanitary sewer is not available under the provisions of this Chapter, the building sanitary sewer shall be connected to a private sewage disposal system complying with the provisions of the section.
  2. Permit and Fee.  No construction shall be permitted for any private sewage disposal system or for any building to be served by a private sewage disposal system, within the City limits, unless a permit for private sewage disposal system has first been obtained from Kane or DuPage Counties.  In addition, no permit will be issued unless the construction is to be done by an Illinois Department of Public Health licensed private sewage disposal system contractor.  All percolation tests and private sewage disposal system plans shall be completed in conformance with Kane or DuPage County regulations, based on location of property and shall conform to City ordinances.  No criteria shall be less stringent than the criteria of the Illinois State Plumbing Code, 225 ILCS 320/1 and the Private Sewage Disposal Licensing Act, 225 ILCS 225/1.  Percolation tests shall be conducted and evaluated under the supervision of a registered professional engineer licensed to practice in Illinois.
  3. Adoption of Code.  There is adopted by the City Council those certain codes, three copies of which have been and are now on file in the Office of the Clerk of the City, which are known as the Illinois State Plumbing Code and the Private Sewage Disposal Licensing Act, the same being hereby adopted and incorporated as fully as if set out at length herein.
  4. Inspections and Cleaning.  All private sewage disposal systems installed and operated within the City limits may be subject to inspection by the City, to determine if the system is functioning properly and which determination shall include, but not be limited to, a finding concerning the following:
    1. Contaminated surface or ground water;
    2. Odorant production;
    3. Depth of sludge in the septic tank;
    4. Clogged seepage field;
    5. Improper draining of the plumbing fixtures as a result of clogged septic tank and/or seepage field;
    6. Contaminated footing drain sump water.

      If, after inspection, it is determined that the private sewage system is not functioning properly, the owner and/or occupant shall be notified in writing to have the necessary work performed to correct the malfunction.  If modifications to the system are required and are allowable, pursuant to the Illinois State Plumbing Code and the Private Sewage Disposal Licensing Act and Code, both as modified herein, said modifications shall be done by a licensed private sewage disposal contractor.  The owner and/or occupant shall be given a reasonable amount of time.  It is the responsibility of the property owner and occupant to have the septic tank cleaned no less than once every five years.  The City may require the property owner to submit a copy of the paid bill for such cleaning and services rendered by a licensed private sewage disposal contractor.  The City may maintain a file system to inform property owners and occupants of the necessity for cleaning the septic tank.

  5. In the event the malfunction cannot be corrected by cleaning and the property is within one hundred (100) feet of an accessible public sewer system, the private system shall be disconnected and connection made to the public sewer system.