Ordinance Amending Title 8 (Solid Waste), Title 12 (Stormwater), Title 13 (Water and Sewer), and Title 15 (Plumbing Code) of the Municipal Code


SCH Number
Public Agency
City of San Luis Obispo
Document Title
Ordinance Amending Title 8 (Solid Waste), Title 12 (Stormwater), Title 13 (Water and Sewer), and Title 15 (Plumbing Code) of the Municipal Code
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
The proposed modifications and additions to multiple titles within the City’s municipal code aim to address various issues such as 1) solid waste management, 2) stormwater quality, 3) water and sewer services, and 4) plumbing code related to grease control devices. In Title 8, concerning Health and Safety, revisions focus on regulating access to trash bins and complying with California State law AB1276 regarding single use foodware accessories and condiments. Title 12 revisions center on stormwater quality management and discharge control, aligning with California State regulations and addressing private property drainage maintenance disputes. Title 13 revisions cover water and sewer services, with updates reflecting California State water conservation regulations, cross-connection control, and concerns related to theft and unauthorized use of utility infrastructure. Sewer revisions target controlling Sanitary Sewer Overflows (SSOs) through improvements to the sewer lateral programs, and managing Fats, Oils, and Grease (FOG) discharge. Title 15 revisions pertain to building and construction codes, including minor additions to plumbing standards to accommodate updated sizing calculations for grease control devices. Overall, these proposed revisions seek to enhance public health and safety, environmental protection, and regulatory compliance within the City’s municipal code. They address emerging challenges and ensure alignment with state laws and regulations governing various aspects of municipal services and infrastructure.

Contact Information

Shawna Scott
Agency Name
City of San Luis Obispo
Job Title
Special Projects Manager
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency / Project Applicant


San Luis Obispo
San Luis Obispo
Cross Streets

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
15301, 15303, 15307, 15308, 15309, and 15321 (see below)
Reasons for Exemption
Categorical Exemptions. 15301 (Existing Facilities); 15303 (New Construction or Conversion of Small Structures); 15307 (Actions by Regulatory Agencies for Protection of Natural Resources); 15308 (Actions by Regulatory Agencies for Protection of the Environment); 15309 (Inspections); and 15321 (Enforcement Actions by Regulatory Agencies). The proposed ordinance revisions are exempt from environmental review per California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) Statute (Public Resources Code Section 21000, et seq.) and State CEQA Guidelines (14 Cal. Code Regs. 15000 et seq.) because the ordinance revisions are within certain classes of projects that have been determined not to have a significant effect on the environment. The proposed ordinance revisions and additions qualify for exemptions as follows: Section 15301 (Existing Facilities) because the operation, repair, maintenance, and minor alteration of existing water and sewer infrastructure and accessory equipment would involve negligible or no expansion of existing use. Section 15303 (New Construction or Conversion of Small Structures) because the new structures and accessory equipment (such as sewer laterals, manholes, backflow devices, pre-treatment devices, flow monitoring devices, and sub-meters) are small and would only require minor modifications. Sections 15307 (Actions by Regulatory Agencies for Protection of Natural Resources) and 15308 (Actions by Regulatory Agencies for Protection of the Environment) because the solid waste, recycled water, irrigation, water conservation, and groundwater management-related ordinance revisions are proposed consistent with State laws to assure the maintenance, restoration, or enhancement of a natural resource (including, but not limited to surface and groundwater resources and land resources related to reductions in landfill waste) and the ordinance revisions are proposed to assure the maintenance, restoration, enhancement, and protection of the environment and include procedures for the protection of the environment, including but not limited to the protection of water quality, the avoidance and minimization of sewage overflows and spills, the avoidance and reduction of litter adversely impacting water quality and surrounding land, and reductions in landfill solid waste. Section 15309 (Inspections) and 15321 (Enforcement Actions by Regulatory Agencies) because the ordinance revisions include clarified procedures and requirements for inspections and enforcement procedures and actions.
County Clerk
San Luis Obispo


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