Q. Who is responsible for repair of the sewer line?
A. Property owners are responsible for their side sewer (the sewer that runs from the street or alley to the house), while the City is responsible for the main line sewer that runs down the center of the street or alley. A permit is required in order to do work on a side sewer. Property owners can perform their own work on any part of the sewer line that is on their property, but the portion located in the City right-of-way must be repaired by a contractor who is bonded to work in the right-of-way. For more information on repairing a side sewer or to obtain a permit to work on one, contact the Engineering Dept. at (503)338-5173.
Q. Can I remove a tree in the right -of-way in front of my house? Do I need a permit?
A. Removal of trees located in the right-of-way must be approved by the City prior to removal. The Engineering Department coordinates the requests with a professional arborist to determine if the removal of the tree is the best action to take. This work does require a permit and must be performed by a contractor bonded to work in the City right-of-way. If a property owner is removing a tree on their private property, a permit is not required as long as the tree remains on private property during the course of it's removal. For more information, contact the Engineering Dept. at (503)338-5173.
Q. How do I find my property lines? Who do I talk to about a property line dispute?
A. The Engineering department can give you an approximate measurement from the curb to your front property line. To find your side property lines, a measurement can be obtained from the closest side street. This is an approximate measurement. Call The Engineering Dept. at (503)338-5173 for more information. The only way to find out exactly where the property lines are is to have a survey done. Property line disputes between neighbors are a civil matter in which the City is not involved. Property owners need to contact a private attorney to resolve disputes.
Q. What is a street vacation? How do I get a street vacation?
A. A street vacation is when an unused or unneeded street, alley or other public right-of-way becomes private property. The adjoining property owners can file a petition with the Engineering Department to consider vacating a street. After reviewing the request, a recommdation is submitted to the City Council for approval. For more information call Cindy at (503)338-5173.