INSTRUCTION TO SEWER CONTRACTORS
SEWER SADDLE INSTALLATION PERMITS
The Los Angeles County Code, Title 20, Utilities, requires that all saddle connections to the main line sewer shall be installed by the County Department of Public Works. The following information is offered to assist the contractor in the saddle installation:
1. After the saddle permit (current permit fee $154) has been obtained from the local Building & Safety Office, the contractor must excavate the sewer trench and expose the upper two-thirds of the barrel of the main line sewer pipe where the saddle is to be applied. The trench shall be adequate in width to accommodate and braced in accordance with Trench Safety Orders of the State of California. No saddles will be installed on any length of pipe which already has an existing branch. If ground water is present, the contractor must provide equipment and labor to keep the trench dry during the installation.
This is a list of City agencies that collect saddle installation fees in lieu of our departmental cashier service.
a. Baldwin Park
b. Diamond Bar
d. Hawaiian Gardens
e. Hidden Hills
i. Palos Verdes Estates
j. San Dimas
k. Santa Fe Springs
l. Temple City
2. The Sewer Maintenance Districts are equipped to install saddles on Vitrified Clay Pipes (VCP) only. Special arrangements will be necessary for saddle installations on plastic pipes. Allow additional time for non-VCP saddle installation.
3. The contractor must give notice 48 hours in advance of the time he will be ready for the saddle to be installed. There will be no installations on Mondays, Fridays, and none after 4:00 PM.
Notice is to be given by telephoning the Dispatcher, Information Technology Division of the Department of Public Works at (626) 458-4357. They, in turn, will contact the sewer maintenance crews for the saddle installations.
When telephoning the notice, the permit should be on hand since the permit number and other information will be required.
4. The contractor will furnish the saddle.
5. The Sewer Maintenance Districts personnel will tap the pipe and install the saddle.
6. The contractor is responsible for all excavations, barricades, lanterns, backfills, and resurfacing.
7. In requesting the saddle installation, the contractor should keep in mind that the excavation must be complete before the County Public Works forces arrive since they cannot wait on the job.
8. The saddle installation is a separate operation from the pipe laying of the house connection; therefore, after the saddle is placed on the main line sewer pipe, the contractor should follow the same procedure established by the Division of Building and Safety as for a house connection to a Tee or Wye Branch.