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Review of Plans and Specifications

Engineering plans and specifications for proposed construction, installation, or modification of wastewater disposal systems, treatment works, sewerage systems or common sewers must be submitted to DEQ for review and approval prior to construction, except where exempted. This is required by Oregon Revised Statute 468B.055. OAR 340-052-0015 details plan submittal requirements. OAR 340-052 Appendix A and Appendix B contain requirements for gravity sewerage systems and sewerage pumping stations, respectively. 

DEQ may exempt from submittal of plans minor modifications to existing facilities where the change will not significantly affect the operation of the treatment or disposal system. A complete description of proposed minor modifications must be submitted for DEQ’s consideration. Exemptions will be approved in writing on a case-by-case basis. Please note that DEQ approval is not required for in kind replacement of equipment or accessories such as thermostats, switches, elements, motors, or fittings. In-kind replacement does not involve the replacement of main portions of the electrical, structural, plumbing, or mechanical system. Please contact DEQ if you have any questions about your proposed project. 

Submitting wastewater reports and plans for approval

Please send the following to the DEQ engineer who is assigned to the area of your project (see the list of engineers below)
  • Plans, specifications and reports. Note: electronic versions are acceptable. 
  • Land Use Compatibility Statement, or LUCS, signed by the local land use authority. Note: A LUCS which is part of a submittal for approval of plans and specifications should check the box for "Wastewater/Sewer Construction Plan/Specifications" in subsection 1D, and check "Other" in subsection 1E. Electronic versions are acceptable.  
  • Payment of DEQ Technical Activities Fee in OAR 340-045 Table 70 F (current up to Nov. 1, 2022), Fee Tables 70A-H (Effective Nov. 1, 2022). DEQ can invoice the system owner if that is the owner’s preference.
  • Plans for a common sewer expansion must be accompanied by a statement from the treatment works owner that they agree to provide sewer service and have sewerage system and treatment capacity to do so.
DEQ wastewater plan review contacts
Eastern Region
Baker, Crook, Deschutes, Gilliam, Grant, Harney, Hood River, Jefferson, Klamath, Lake, Malheur, Morrow, Sherman, Umatilla, Union, Wallowa, Wasco, and Wheeler counties

Justin Sterger
475 NE Bellevue Drive, Suite 110
Bend, OR 97701

Northwest Region

Clackamas, Clatsop, Columbia, Multnomah, Tillamook, and Washington counties

Michael Pinney, PE
700 NE Multnomah Ave. Suite 600
Portland OR 97232

Western Region
Benton, Coos, Curry, Douglas, Jackson, Josephine, Lane, Lincoln, Linn, Marion, Polk and Yamhill counties

Jonathan Gasik, MS, PE
(Douglas County and south) 
221 Stewart Ave., Suite 201
Medford, OR 97501

Timothy C. McFetridge, PE
(Lane County and north)
4026 Fairview Industrial Dr.
Salem, OR 97302