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Become a Qualified SLIP Sewer Lateral Inspector

Who can perform Sewer Lateral Plumbing Inspections and prepare its Report?

In accordance with Santa Barbara Municipal Code Section 14.46.050 all Sewer Lateral Inspection Reports must be prepared by a licensed plumber. Licensed plumbers are those plumbers holding an appropriate license for the type of work being performed from the California Contractors State License Board.

How can a Licensed Plumber or Company get into the Santa Barbara SLIP's Plumbing Contractor List?

Licensed plumbers working independently or representatives of a plumbing contractor company will be required to attend the Annual City of Santa Barbara SLIP Certification Program. The certification program will be updated every year and attendance is required if independent plumbing contractor or company wants to hold its spot or be included in the Santa Barbara SLIP's Plumbing Contractor List. The Annual Certification Program is offered two times a year, at the beginning and towards the middle of the calendar year. Be attentive for announcements through our website, mail and e-mail

The content of the certification program will include:

  • Review of the scope and intent of the City of Santa Barbara's Sewer Lateral Inspection Program; 

  • Review of the City of Santa Barbara Sewer Lateral Inspection Form;

  • Direction on how to complete the City of Santa Barbara Sewer Lateral Inspection Form; 

  • Specifications for the video inspection, including the requirements for speed of travel of the camera in the lateral, and quality requirements;

  • Direction on what is expected for inspection of the property to ensure outdoor drains are not connected to sewer;

  • Direction on checking for backwater valve or need thereof.

Important note on subcontractors: Licensed plumbers contractors or companies may employ subcontractors to do the actual video inspection of the sewer line, but all reports must be signed by the Certified Licensed Plumber.

To see the Current Santa Barbara SLIP's Plumbing Contractor List, click here.

Last Updated: Sep 18, 2020
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