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Wastewater

Phone: 913-715-8500

11811 S. Sunset Drive, Suite 2500, Olathe, Kansas 66061

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Grease Management: All About Fats, Oils, and Grease

My Government Online (MGO) Electronic Application, Plan Review and Inspection software launched for JCW on MAY 1, 2017.  Please visit www.mygovernmentonline.org and create your customer portal account.

What is FOG?

FOG is a combination of fats, oils, and grease. FOG includes cooking oil, animal fat and lard, grease, butter, tallow, shortening, and margarine which are all used in food processing and in the preparation of food. Kitchen wastes, along with water that has been used to wash kitchen equipment and floors, contain FOG.

Protecting public health and safety is a prime responsibility of Johnson County Wastewater (JCW). Sewer blockages and subsequent sewage spills pose a threat to public health and safety which can be prevented with proper grease management. When FOG or food and wastewater containing FOG are poured down the drain, it cools and solidifies on the walls of the sewer pipes, restricting or clogging the wastewater flow. This can result in a wastewater backup into homes and businesses or discharge to the environment. The most effective way to minimize FOG accumulation in sewers is to prevent the introduction of FOG into the sanitary sewer system in the first place. To realize this goal, JCW has developed the Grease Management Program to regulate food service facilities.

Who Needs a Project Review?

All facilities serving or producing any type of beverage or food are required to have a project review.  The Johnson County Wastewater sanitary sewer system serves most cities in Johnson County and parts of Olathe. Visit aims.jocogov.org and scroll to the bottom of the page to find out if your business is located in the JCW service area. Enter your address in the box and select "GO." At the top of the page in the "Search for:" box will be the address you entered. Click "Go" again. Your sewer provider will be listed in the Utility Information section.​ Complete the applicable Commercial Application with Food/Beverage under the Johnson County Wastewater Permit section at www.mygovernmentonline.org.  In addition to completing the Application, upload the following documents:

  1. Kitchen and plumbing drawings with all equipment and plumbing fixtures clearly shown and labeled
  2. Copy of the menu
  3. Copy of the local Food Service Facility Operator’s driver’s license
  4. Existing interceptor and/or plumbing correction drawings (see Tenant Finish section below)
  5. When an interceptor is required, interceptor installation drawings including sizing calculations (see the Grease Interceptor Design, Inspection, and Operation Requirements page for additional information)

Please choose one from the following project applications listed under the Johnson County Wastewater Permit section on the My Government Online website:

  1. Commercial Application with Food/Beverage Service (New Construction)

    1. Submit all information listed above.
    2. Submit all items required in the Commercial Sanitary Sewer Permit Checklist.
  2. Commercial Application with Food/Beverage Service (Tenant Finish/Remodel) - Existing buildings

    1. Submit all information listed above.
    2. Submit all items required in the Commercial Sanitary Sewer Permit Checklist.
    3. Site Location Property Map and Key Plan (see the Grease Interceptor Design, Inspection, and Operation Requirements page for information)
    4. Adding a grease interceptor – The field verified flow line elevation of the existing plumbing header at the location the grease interceptor outlet connects to existing building plumbing or service line is required to be labeled.  This information shall be provided by the contractor performing the field verification and is required with the first submittal.
    5. Reusing the existing grease interceptor - The grease interceptor must be inspected by Johnson County Wastewater prior to the first permit submittal.  Contact the Permit Group at 913-715-8520 to schedule an inspection by a JCW inspector.  The interceptor must be pumped and cleaned at the time of the inspection by a licensed sanitary disposal contractor (pumper) of your choosing.  The interior plumbing connections to the interceptor must also be inspected at the time the interceptor is inspected.  Running water must be available in the space.  If water is not available, a separate pump out and JCW inspection will be required when water is available.  JCW will provide a list of items found during inspection to be included with the plan submittal for permitting.  NO CORRECTIONS MAY BE PERFORMED UNTIL JCW HAS ISSUED THE PERMIT.
  3. Commercial Application with Food/Beverage Service (Change of Owner) - No change in plumbing or kitchen equipment

    1. Kitchen and plumbing drawings with all equipment and plumbing fixtures clearly shown and labeled
    2. Copy of the menu
    3. Copy of the local Food Service Facility Operator’s driver’s license
    4. Site Location Property Map and Key Plan (see the Grease Interceptor Design, Inspection, and Operation Requirements page for information)
    5. Reusing the existing grease interceptor - The grease interceptor must be inspected by Johnson County Wastewater prior to the first permit submittal.  Contact the Permit Group at 913-715-8520 to schedule an inspection by a JCW inspector.  The interceptor must be pumped and cleaned at the time of the inspection by a licensed sanitary disposal contractor (pumper) of your choosing.  The interior plumbing connections to the interceptor must also be inspected at the time the interceptor is inspected.  Running water must be available in the space.  If water is not available, a separate pump out and JCW inspection will be required when water is available.  JCW will provide a list of items found during inspection to be included with the plan submittal for permitting.  NO CORRECTIONS MAY BE PERFORMED UNTIL JCW HAS ISSUED THE PERMIT.
  4. Commercial Application with Food/Beverage Service (with a Common Interceptor) - Serve multiple tenant spaces. 

    1. Both building owners and tenants use this application for all spaces with access to the common interceptor.
    2. Submit all information listed above.
    3. Submit all items required in the Commercial Sanitary Sewer Permit Checklist.
    4. Adding a grease interceptor – The field verified flow line elevation of the existing plumbing header at the location the grease interceptor outlet connects to existing building plumbing or service line is required to be labeled.  This information shall be provided by the contractor performing the field verification and is required with the first submittal.
    5. Reusing the existing grease interceptor - The grease interceptor must be inspected by Johnson County Wastewater prior to the first permit submittal.  Contact the Permit Group at 913-715-8520 to schedule an inspection by a JCW inspector.  The interceptor must be pumped and cleaned at the time of the inspection by a licensed sanitary disposal contractor (pumper) of your choosing.  The interior plumbing connections to the interceptor must also be inspected at the time the interceptor is inspected.  Running water must be available in the space.  If water is not available, a separate pump out and JCW inspection will be required when water is available.  JCW will provide a list of items found during inspection to be included with the plan submittal for permitting.  NO CORRECTIONS MAY BE PERFORMED UNTIL JCW HAS ISSUED THE PERMIT.

Low Grease Discharge Waiver (LGDW) 

A food service facility may request a waiver from installing a grease interceptor. To be considered, the facility must meet the following criteria:

  1. Serves only ready-to-eat foods with no preparation at the facility, other than warming, including, but not be limited to: scoop-only ice cream shops, sandwich shops, popcorn stands, hot dog rollers, etc.
  2. Prepares only uncooked or unbaked food or meals that will be taken from the facility and cooked or baked at another location; or baked goods such as, but not limited to, cookies and pretzels.

The LGDW permit must be renewed annually and LGDW facilities will be inspected routinely.

Common Interceptor 

A Common or Shared Interceptor is a single interceptor that could serve multiple Food or Beverage facilities in one building.  The interceptor and piping shall be sized during the initial permitting process.  The Building owner and tenant shall submit the JCW Commercial Application with Food/Beverage Service (with a Common Interceptor) as indicated above. The information from the application will be incorporated into legal documents prepared by JCW. Both the building owner and tenant will renew the documents annually.

Annual Operating Permit Renewal

Each facility will receive an Operating Permit with Commercial Permit issuance.  The Operating Permits for all grease interceptors and facilities operating under low grease discharge waivers expire on April 15th each year and must be renewed annually.  Facilities currently permitted by Johnson County Wastewater will receive a notice prior to permit expiration with renewal materials and instructions. 

Permits are valid only for the year in which they are issued.  There are no provisions for the proration of a license or refunding the licensing fees.

Grease Interceptor Pumping Variances

Interceptor pumping and cleaning is required at a minimum of once every 90 days for most establishments. A variance may be considered if you believe your interceptor requires less frequent pumping by completing the following steps. 

Once the application and fees have been submitted, the operator must have the interceptor pumped and cleaned while Johnson County Wastewater is present to begin the variance process.  Please call the Johnson County Wastewater Environmental Compliance Managers at 913-715-8520 to schedule an inspection.