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Video Assistance Program

The City of Santa Barbara's Video Assistance Program (VAP) was establish to assist property owners with the first stage of the Sewer Lateral Inspection Program (SLIP) process. VAP participants will receive assistance up to $300 towards the inspection of their private sewer lateral by a City Contractor for City Initiated SLIP cases.

VAP Eligibility

  • The VAP program is available to City Initiated SLIP cases only. SLIP cases triggered by Private Lateral Sewer Discharge, Building Permits, or those properties identified as a Commercial, Industrial, or Common Interest Development (3 or more dwelling units) do not qualify
  • VAP participants must have an accessible cleanout. Cleanouts are typically located in the front of the house and the pipe is usually topped with a black plastic cap. Review our Sewer Lateral Responsibility Graphic for guidance
  • Please note that acceptance into the VAP is on a first come first service basis and applications must be submitted 20 days from the date of the "Request for Sewer Lateral Inspection" letter
  • Participants will receive up to $300 in assistance to have their sewer lateral video inspected by a City Contractor and submitted to the City via Forward Lateral (web based software for Sewer Lateral Videos). Additional cost must be covered by the property owner

Steps to Apply and Participate

  • Locate your cleanout
  • Submit a VAP application to the Sewer Lateral Inspection Program (application will be linked July 2021)
  • Once application is received, SLIP staff will contact you to arrange a site visit to verify cleanout accessibility and program eligibility
  • Once the cleanout is located, SLIP staff will coordinate inspection with City Contractor
  • Contractor will conduct inspection then upload the Video and Inspection Form to Forward Lateral. Once the information is uploaded property owners can follow the process via Forward Lateral

After the Inspection

  • A Certificate of Compliance stating no further actions are needed or a Repair Letter will be issued based on the condition of your lateral
  • Review the Residential Property SLIP Procedure step-by-step guide to understand what to do following your inspection


Last Updated: Jun 2, 2021
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