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Posted on: February 23, 2017

Time of Sale Inspection

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Beginning March 1, 2017, the City of Indianola will be implementing a “Time of Sale Inspection” to comply with a requirement of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (IDNR). The goal of this inspection, which is required only if you are selling your home, is to reduce the flow of clear water into the sanitary sewer system. Inspections allow the City to ensure that private properties have no illegal connections to the sanitary sewer system pursuant to Municipal Code Chapter 97.


By reducing this flow of clear water, peak sanitary sewer flows can be lessened. This reduced flow will decrease the strain put upon the City’s wastewater treatment plant and thus save taxpayers’ money.


This ordinance becomes effective March 1st for all homes being listed for sale.  Homes listed prior to March 1, 2017, but with a closing date after May 1, 2017, must request an inspection. Property owners of single family dwellings, duplexes, and townhomes must request a Time of Sale Inspection before selling their property. The application must be filed with the City of Indianola Water Pollution Control Department within at least 15 working days after listing the property.


Once the application has been filed and inspection fee is paid (cost of $50.00), the seller will set up a time for a representative of the Water Pollution Control Dept. to visit the property. The representative will inspect all the following: sump pump system, interior floor drains, footing drains, yard drains, roof drains and downspouts, catch basins, and parking lot drains.


During the inspection, the department representative will “televise” the service lateral (connection) that runs from the house to the City’s sewer main. Homeowners will be made aware of any defects found, but will not be required to repair anything noted during the “televising” unless an illegal connection was discovered tied into the lateral.


Successful inspections will result in the issuance of a Certificate of Compliance which will be good for two years. The Certificate will be attached to the Groundwater Hazard Statement and presented to the Recorder along with other required transfer documents.


If any connections are found to be in violation of Municipal Code Chapter 97, they will need to be repaired within 90 days to take advantage of the loan or reimbursement from the city. Following repairs, a re-inspection application with the Water Pollution Control Dept. will need to be filed and paid for (cost of $25.00).


For those interested, the entire ordinance can be found here or a physical copy can be obtained at City Hall.


We thank you for your time and consideration. If you have any questions, please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) section on our department’s website by clicking here. However, if you still have questions, please feel free to email rgraves@cityofindianola.com, or call 515-961-9416.

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