Article VII. GREASE
This article shall be known and may be cited as the "City of Tampa
Grease Management Ordinance."
Sec. 26-301. Purpose.
article establishes uniform maintenance and monitoring requirements for
controlling the discharge of grease from food service facilities
discharging into the City's treatment works and for regulation of grease
haulers operating within the City limits.
The objectives of this Ordinance are:
To prevent the introduction of excessive amounts of grease into
Tampa's treatment works.
To prevent clogging or blocking of the City's sewer lines due to
grease build-up causing sanitary sewer overflows onto streets, into
stormwater systems or waterways and into residences and commercial
buildings, resulting in potential liability to the City.
To prevent maintenance and odor problems at wastewater pumping
stations due to grease build-up.
To implement a process to recover costs for any liability
incurred by the City for damage caused by grease blockages resulting in
sanitary sewer overflows.
To establish fees for the recovery of costs resulting from the
program established herein.
To register grease haulers operating within the City of Tampa.
To establish enforcement procedures for violations of this
Sec. 26-302. Applicability
(a) The provisions of this
article shall apply to all food service facilities discharging into the
City's treatment works and to all grease haulers doing business within
the City of Tampa.
Where there is a conflict between this article and the Florida
Building Code - Plumbing, as amended (current edition), the Florida
Building Code - Plumbing, as amended (current edition) shall be
The City of Tampa currently
regulates the improper discharge of grease into water or wastewater
pursuant to the Technical Services Manual, August 1998 edition, on file
in the Office of the City Clerk which has the full force and effect of
an Ordinance pursuant to Section 26-128 of the City of Tampa Code.
Where there is a conflict between this article and the Technical
Services Manual, as amended, this article shall be applicable.
Sec. 26-303. Definitions.
the purposes of this article, certain abbreviations, terms, phrases,
words and their derivatives shall have the following meanings:
means the Director of the Wastewater Department or his or her
service facility or facility
means any business or food service facility which prepares and/or
packages food or beverages for sale or consumption. This
does not apply to private residences.
Food service facilities may include, but are not limited to, food
courts, food manufacturers, food packagers, restaurants, grocery stores,
bakeries, lounges, meat markets, hospitals, hotels, nursing homes,
churches, schools, cafeterias, delicatessens, coffee shops, concession
stands and all other food service facilities not specifically listed
service facility owner or
owner means in the case of individual food service facilities, the
owner or proprietor of the food service facility.
Where the facility is a franchise operation, the owner of the
franchise is the responsible person or entity.
Where the facility is owned by a partnership, corporation, or
other type of business entity, the individual who is authorized to
legally act on behalf of the business entity under Florida State law
shall be the responsible person. Where
two or more food service facilities share a common grease interceptor,
the owner shall be the individual who owns or assumes control of the
grease interceptor or the property on which the grease interceptor is
located. Owner shall also
mean his or her duly authorized representatives, employees or agents.
inspector means a member of the staff of the City's Grease
Management Program, designated by the Director to enforce the City of
Tampa Grease Management Ordinance.
water means all liquid contained in a grease interceptor that lies
below the floating grease layer and above the food solids layer.
means a material either liquid or solid, composed primarily of fats,
oils or grease from animal or vegetable sources.
hauler means a person who collects the contents of a grease
interceptor or trap and transports it to an approved recycling or
interceptor means an interceptor whose rated flow exceeds 50gpm or
has a minimum storage capacity of 750 gallons or more and is a device
located underground and outside of a facility.
It is designed to collect, contain or remove food wastes or
grease from the wastewater while allowing the balance of the liquid
waste to discharge to the wastewater collection system by gravity.
trap means an interceptor whose rated flow is 50gpm or less and is a
device located inside a facility and/or under a sink designed to
collect, contain, or remove food wastes and grease from the wastewater
while allowing the balance of the liquid waste to discharge to the
wastewater collection system by gravity.
of Violation (NOV) means a written notice informing a food service
facility owner or grease hauler that a violation of the City of Tampa
Grease Management Ordinance has occurred.
Registered hauler means
a grease hauler registered with the City of Tampa in accordance with
this article who is authorized to perform inspection, cleaning, and
grease disposal for food service facilities.
mean bathrooms, bathroom fixtures, bathroom groups, hand sinks or other
similar fixtures or facilities.
Works mean any part of the City's wastewater system as defined in
Section 26-117 of the City of Tampa Code.
Sec. 26-304. Authority
(a) Pursuant to Sections 1-14 and 26-5(3)
of the City of Tampa Code, the Director, or his or her designees shall
have the power, duty and responsibility to administer and enforce the
provisions of this article.
Pursuant to Chapter 9 - (Collapse CH 9) of the City of Tampa Code and Chapter 162,
Florida Statutes, the Director or his or her designees, such as GMP
inspectors, shall have full authority and be designated as code
Sec. 26-305. Facility inspections.
Pursuant to Section 1-16 of the City of Tampa Code, each
facility shall allow the Director or his or her designee's the right
of entry upon real property for the purpose of inspection, observation,
records examination, measurement, and sampling in accordance with the
provisions of this article.
The GMP inspector shall inspect food service facilities on
either an unannounced or scheduled basis to verify continued compliance
with the requirements of this article.
The GMP inspector shall inspect all grease traps or interceptors,
plumbing connections, the logbook and file, other pertinent data or take
samples as necessary. The GMP inspector shall record all observations in
a written report. Any
deficiencies shall be noted, including but not limited to:
a. Failure to properly
maintain the grease interceptor or trap in accordance with the
provisions of this article.
b. Failure to report changes in
operations, or wastewater constituents and characteristics.
c. Failure to maintain logs, files,
records or access for inspection or monitoring activities.
d. Inability of existing grease
interceptor or trap to prevent discharge of grease into the City's
e. Any other inconsistency
with or violation of this article.
The GMP inspector shall inspect any repairs, replacements or
other deficiencies and shall provide written notice of compliance or
noncompliance. In the event
of continuing noncompliance, re-inspections will be performed.
Sec. 26-306. Grease
traps and interceptors.
Required. Any food
service facility that intends to erect, install, enlarge, alter, repair,
remove, convert or replace any grease trap or interceptor is required by
Section 5-105 "Permits" of the City of Tampa Code to make
application to the building official and obtain the required permit.
The facility shall submit with its permit application the
appropriate design criteria in accordance with the Florida Building Code
- Plumbing, as amended (current edition).
All food service facilities are required to have a grease
interceptor or trap properly installed in accordance with any and all
applicable requirements of the Florida Building Code - Plumbing, as
amended (current edition).
facilities. On or after
the effective date of the City of Tampa Grease Management Ordinance,
food service facilities which are newly proposed or constructed, or
existing food service facilities which will be expanded or renovated to
include a food service facility, where such a food service facility did
not previously exist, shall be required to install a grease interceptor
or trap according to the requirements of the Florida Building Code -
Plumbing, as amended (current edition) and to operate and maintain the
grease interceptor or trap according to the requirements contained in
Food service facilities existing prior to the date of the City of
Tampa Grease Management Ordinance shall be permitted to operate and
maintain existing grease interceptors or traps provided their grease
interceptors or traps are in good operating condition.
City may require an existing facility to install a new grease
interceptor or trap that complies with the requirements of the Florida
Building Code - Plumbing, as amended (current edition) or to modify or
repair any noncompliant plumbing or existing grease interceptor or trap
when any one or more of the following conditions exist:
The facility is found to be contributing grease in quantities
sufficient to cause line stoppages or necessitate increased maintenance
on the wastewater collection system.
Grease concentrations exceed 400 mg/l on wastewater effluent as
determined by sampling performed by the GMP inspector.
The facility does not have a grease interceptor or trap.
The facility has an irreparable or defective grease interceptor
Remodeling of the food preparation or kitchen waste plumbing
system is performed which requires a plumbing permit to be issued by the
City of Tampa.
The facility is sold or undergoes a change of ownership.
The facility does not have plumbing connections to a grease
interceptor or trap in compliance with the requirements of this article.
interceptors or traps shall be installed in accordance with Florida
Building Code - Plumbing, as amended (current edition). Wastewater from
sanitary facilities shall not be introduced into the grease interceptor
or trap under any circumstances.
Each food service facility shall maintain a bound logbook in
which a record of all interceptor maintenance is entered.
Maintenance information shall include, but not be limited to,
date and time of the maintenance, estimated gallonage removed from
interceptor or trap, any defects in the grease interceptor or trap,
details of any repairs required and dates of repair completion, changes
in operations, or wastewater constituents and characteristics, receipts
from grease haulers, plumbers, parts suppliers, etc., and any other
records pertaining to the interceptor.
This logbook shall be made available for review upon request.
Records shall be maintained for a period of three years.
Each facility shall provide, upon request of the GMP Inspector
within 10 days, drawings of sufficient detail to depict the plumbing
layout of the facility.
(e) Grease interceptors. Grease
interceptors shall be designed and installed in accordance with the
Florida Building Code - Plumbing, as amended (current edition) and shall
be operated and maintained as follows:
and maintenance. Each
food service facility shall be responsible for the costs of pumping,
cleaning, and maintaining its grease interceptor.
All food service facilities that have grease interceptors shall
utilize a registered grease hauler.
Pumping services shall include the complete removal of all
contents, including floating materials, gray water, bottom sludge, and
solids from the interceptor. Grease interceptor cleaning shall include scraping excessive
solids from the walls, floors, baffles, and all piping.
shall be the responsibility of the grease hauler to inspect an
interceptor during, or immediately after the pumping procedure to ensure
that the interceptor is clean and that all fittings and fixtures inside
the interceptor are in working condition and functioning properly.
If the interceptor is not functioning properly, the grease hauler
shall notify the owner in writing.
The notice shall include a sufficient description of the
pumping frequency. Each
food service facility shall have its grease interceptor pumped according
to the following criteria:
a. When the settled solids layer exceeds
the invert of the outlet pipe (typically eight inches in depth), or;
b. When the total volume of captured
grease and solid material displaces more than twenty-five percent (25%)
of the capacity of the interceptor, or;
c. When the interceptor is not retaining or capturing oils
Grease interceptors shall be inspected by a GMP inspector as
necessary to assure compliance with this article.
removed from each grease interceptor shall be disposed of at a facility
permitted to receive such wastes. Grease,
solid materials, or gray water removed from interceptors shall not be
returned to any grease interceptor, private sewer line or to any portion
of the City's treatment works, except for food service facilities that
use a two compartment pump truck where the compartments are fully
separate with their own valve system, so there is no cross contamination
between the gray water with the solids and grease. With this type of
equipment, gray water may be re-introduced back into the interceptor as
long as the wastewater effluent grease concentrations do not exceed 400
Grease traps shall be installed in accordance with the
Florida Building Code - Plumbing, as amended, (current edition) and
shall meet the following criteria:
Flow control device. Grease
traps shall be equipped with a device to control the rate of flow
through the unit. The rate of flow shall not exceed the manufacturers rated
capacity recommended in gallons per minute for the unit.
Each food service facility is responsible for maintaining
appropriate flow control devices.
The flow-control device and the grease trap shall be vented
in accordance with the Florida Building Code - Plumbing, as amended
(current edition). The vent
shall terminate not less than six inches above the flood-rim level or in
accordance with the manufacturer's instructions. Each
food service facility is responsible for maintaining appropriate venting
of the grease trap.
Cleaning and maintenance.
Each food service facility shall be solely responsible for
the cost of grease trap cleaning and maintenance.
Each facility may contract with a registered grease hauler or it
may develop a written protocol and perform its own grease trap cleaning
and maintenance procedures. Cleaning and maintenance must be performed
when the total volume of captured grease and solid material displaces
more than twenty-five percent (25%) of the total volume of the grease
trap. Each facility shall
determine the frequency at which their grease trap shall be cleaned, but
all grease traps shall be opened, inspected, cleaned, and maintained at
a minimum of once per week.
traps shall be inspected by a GMP inspector as necessary to assure
compliance with this article and to assure proper cleaning and
maintenance is being performed.
Disposal. Grease and
solid materials removed from a grease trap shall be removed by a
registered grease hauler unless the grease is in a solid, dry form,
mixed with an oil absorbent in an enclosed bag or container, and does
not exceed five (5) pounds.
Any chemicals, enzymes, emulsifiers, live bacteria or other
grease cutters or additives, used for the purpose of grease reduction
shall, be approved by the GMP inspector prior to their addition to
grease interceptors or traps. Applicable
information concerning the composition, frequency of use and mode of
action of the proposed additive shall be sent to the City together with
a written statement outlining the proposed use of the additive(s). The
City may request a sampling port installed by the food service facility
at the facility's expense to demonstrate the additive will work. The
City, upon evaluation of all of the information received,
shall permit or deny the use of the
additive in writing. Permission to use additives may be withdrawn by the
City at any time.
grease removal devices or technologies. Alternative
devices and technologies such as automatic grease removal systems shall
be subject to written permission by the Director prior to installation.
Permission to use the device shall be based on demonstrated and
proven removal efficiencies and reliability of operation.
The City may permit these types of devices depending on
manufacturer's specifications on a case-by-case basis.
The food service facility may be required to furnish analytical
data demonstrating grease removal effectiveness, or perform effluent
monitoring. Permission to
use alternative devices and technologies may be withdrawn by the City at
Sec. 26-307. Grease
interceptor and trap enforcement.
(a) Whenever the GMP
inspector determines that a grease interceptor or trap is in need of
pumping, repairs, maintenance, or replacement, enforcement shall be as
Notice of Violation (NOV).
The GMP inspector conducting the inspection shall immediately
notify the food service facility owner that a violation exists and issue
the owner a NOV stating the nature of the violation.
Re-inspection. If a
grease interceptor or trap has to be re-inspected because of
deficiencies found during a previous inspection, and all of the
deficiencies have been corrected, there shall be no charge for the
re-inspection. If all of
the deficiencies have not been corrected, a re-inspection fee shall be
charged to the food service facility.
fees. Fees for any
sampling and analysis of wastewater discharges deemed necessary for the
protection of the treatment works shall be charged to the food service
facility owner in the amount per sampling event.
and cleaning. A
violation involving the lack of proper cleaning and maintenance of a
grease trap shall require the food service facility owner to clean out
the trap(s) within twenty-four (24) hours of the NOV.
If interceptor pumping frequency is not being met, the owner
shall be required to have the interceptor pumped out within seventy-two
(72) hours of the NOV.
and Replacement. The
food service facility owner shall be responsible for the cost and
scheduling of all repairs to or replacement of its grease interceptor(s)
or trap(s). Repairs and
replacements required by a GMP inspector shall be completed within a
reasonable time as established in written guidelines prepared by the
Director. The time for
corrective action shall commence on the date of receipt of the NOV.
Written guidelines shall include provisions for time extensions
if the owner responds with an acceptable plan for rectifying the
(6) Noncompliance. If the food service facility owner continues to violate the
provisions set forth in this article, or fails to initiate or complete
corrective action in response to a NOV, or a City approved plan to
rectify a violation, the Director may pursue one or more of the
following options at the Director's sole discretion:
Pump the grease interceptor and seek reimbursement of the costs
from the food service facility owner.
Assess further inspection fees as provided.
Terminate sanitary sewer service as provided in Section 26-52 of
the City of Tampa Code.
Refer any violation by any food service facility or, its owner
for enforcement for any or all applicable remedies.
hauler registration. Any
person, firm, or business desirous of collecting, pumping, or hauling
grease interceptor or trap wastes from businesses located within the
City limits shall be required to register with the City.
It shall be unlawful for any grease hauler to clean or pump out
grease interceptors or traps within the City limits without being
shall be effective for a period of three years. The registration
required by the City shall be in addition to any other permits,
registrations, or occupational licenses required by federal, state, and
local agencies having lawful jurisdiction.
The registration is not transferable.
The Director shall issue stickers to all City of Tampa registered
grease haulers. The
stickers shall be displayed in a visible location on all vehicles used
to clean interceptors or traps.
To register with the City, a grease hauler shall submit a
completed application form to the Director. The Director shall approve, deny, or approve with conditions
all applications by written notice within forty-five (45) calendar days
of the City's receipt of the completed application form. The grease
hauler shall be registered prior to providing grease hauling services
within the City limits.
The application shall require, but not be limited to, the
List of all trucks or vehicles used to clean interceptors or
traps, which include vehicle make, model, year, identification number,
color, tank capacity, proof of insurance, and tag number.
List of all drivers or personnel used to clean interceptors or
traps, including proof of valid driver's licenses.
List of all disposal sites.
Information Update. Registered
grease haulers shall update application information annually from date
of issuance of registration.
renewal. An application
for registration renewal shall be submitted on the appropriate renewal
form at least forty-five (45) calendar days prior to the expiration date
of the existing registration by each applicant wishing to provide grease
hauling services in the City limits
accident, spill, or other discharge of grease, solids or gray water,
which occurs within the City, shall be reported to the City of Tampa
Wastewater Department by the grease hauler as soon as possible but not
longer than twenty-four (24) hours after the incident.
The grease hauler shall comply with all procedures and reporting
requirements contained in federal, state and local regulations.
The grease hauler shall be responsible for all clean-up
procedures and costs.
keeping. Grease haulers shall retain and make available for
inspection and copying, all records related to grease interceptor or
trap pumping and grease disposal. A
City of Tampa grease hauler manifest or approved form shall be required
to be signed by the grease hauler certifying the accuracy of the
information on the manifest. The manifest shall
include, but not be limited to, name, location, date and time of the facility serviced, estimated
gallonage removed from interceptor or trap,
disposal times, dates, locations, and amounts.
These records shall remain available for a period of at least
three (3) years. The
failure to provide information to the City within ten (10) days of a
written request is a violation of this article.
haulers shall permit the City to inspect grease hauler's registered
Wastes removed from each grease interceptor or trap shall be
disposed of at a grease disposal facility permitted to receive such
wastes. Grease, solid
materials, or gray water removed from interceptors or traps shall not be
returned to any grease interceptor, trap, private sewer line, or to any
portion of the City's treatment works, except for food service
facilities that use a two compartment pump truck where the compartments
are fully separate with their own valve system, so there is no cross
contamination between the gray water with the solids and grease. With
this type of equipment, gray water may be re-introduced back into the
interceptor as long as the wastewater effluent grease concentrations do
not exceed 400 mg/l.
Grease hauler enforcement. Enforcement
actions against grease haulers in violation of this article shall be as
Notice of violation (NOV).
A NOV will be issued to any grease hauler who is found to be in
non‑compliance with this article.
Response to this NOV must be received by the City within ten (10)
calendar days of its receipt by the grease hauler. The grease hauler
will be required to describe how the violation occurred, verification
that the violation has been corrected, and shall provide assurance that
steps will be taken to prevent the re‑occurrence of the violation.
Any registration issued pursuant to the provisions of this
article may be modified, suspended or revoked in whole or in part during
its term for cause shown including, but not limited to any one of the
Falsification of any information,
Discharging any grease, liquid, or solid waste into a non‑authorized location, or
Failing to comply with this article.
Sec. 26-309. Fees
Fees associated with this article will be established pursuant to the
provisions of Section 26-31 of the City of Tampa Code.
or Inspection warrant. The
Director, through the City Attorney, may seek to obtain a search or
inspection warrant from the appropriate authority to gain access to a
facility for the purposes of inspection and monitoring if such lawful
entry under Section 26-305(a) of this article has been denied by the
Referral to Code Enforcement Board. The Director may enforce
the violation of any provision of this Ordinance against an owner or
grease hauler, pursuant to and in the manner provided by Chapter 9 + (Expand CH 9) of
the City of Tampa Code and the provisions of Chapter 162, Florida
and other relief. The
Mayor, through the City Attorney, may file a petition in the name of the
City in the Circuit Court of the County or such other courts as may have
jurisdiction seeking the issuance of an injunction, damages, or other
appropriate relief to enforce the provisions of this article or other
applicable law or regulation.
of damages. When the discharge from a food service facility causes an
obstruction, damage, or any other impairment to the treatment works, or
causes any expense, fine, penalty, or damage of whatever character or
nature to the City, the Director shall invoice the owner for same
incurred by the City. If
the invoice is not paid, the Director shall notify the City Attorney to
take such actions as shall be appropriate to seek reimbursement.
remedies provided for in this Ordinance are not mutually exclusive.
The Director may take any, all, or any combination of these
actions against a noncompliant person.
of revocation or denial of grease hauler registration. Any
revocation or denial of grease hauler registration may be appealed in
accordance with Section 1-19 of the City of Tampa Code.
The appellate officer designated to hear these matters shall be
the Administrator of Public Works & Utilities Services.
The grease hauler shall have fifteen (15) days from receipt of
written notice of denial or revocation of the registration to file an
appeal. Failure of the grease hauler to file an appeal within the
fifteen (15) day time limit shall constitute acceptance of the decision
to deny or revoke the registration.
Sec. 26-311. Additional
to City property. Pursuant
to Section 1-21 of the City of Tampa Code, it is unlawful for any person
to maliciously, willfully or negligently, break, damage, destroy,
deface, tamper with, or remove any city property.
(b) Falsifying information.
Any person who knowingly makes any false statements, representation, or
certification in any application, record, report, plan, or other
document filed or required to be maintained pursuant to this article, or
who falsifies, tampers with or knowingly renders inaccurate any
monitoring device or method required under this article, shall, upon
conviction, be subject to a penalty in an amount not to exceed $500.00,
or by imprisonment for not more than sixty (60) days, or by both.
Each day on which a violation shall occur or continue shall be
deemed a separate and distinct offense.
That should any part of the Ordinance be declared invalid by a
court of competent jurisdiction, then the remaining parts hereof shall
not in any way be affected by such a determination as to the invalid
ordinances or parts of ordinances in conflict herewith are hereby
repealed to the extent of any conflict.
Section 4. That
this ordinance shall take effect immediately upon becoming law.
AND ORDAINED BY THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF TAMPA, FLORIDA ON NOVEMBER
EFFECTIVE NOVEMBER 21, 2006