Can a city make a homeowner pay for a change in city code? 5 Answers as of August 16, 2011Our city is inspecting sump pump connections to ensure that they are not dumping into the city's drainage system. The previous code allowed builders to do this, so can the city make the homeowner pay when the previous code allowed for this construction to occur?
Frances R. Johnson | Frances R. Johnson
I can't answer this without looking at the laws for the particular city in which this situation is occurring; each city has different laws. I suggest calling an property attorney where you live (should be able to find by calling your local bar association).
Answer Applies to: Colorado
Law Office of Neal L. Weinstein | Neal L. Weinstein
Probably. This is a problem for most sewer treatment facilities that costs the taxpayers millions of dollars, as the sump pumps force the city to treat rain water for no reason, and this means bigger waste water facilities, more chemicals, more employees, more pollution, etc. Most public health and safety issues can be forced upon you. I am sure that in spite of a previous code inspector allowing it, it was not legal on the books.
Answer Applies to: Maine