City of Upper Arlington, Ohio

Fats, Oils and Grease (FOG)

The Fats Oils & Grease (FOG) Reduction Program was implemented by the City of Upper Arlington Public Service Department in order to monitor and reduce the amount of FOG that enters the City’s sanitary sewer system. The FOG program works to prevent sanitary sewer overflows (SSO), sewage spills, and sewer back-ups.

In accordance with City Ordinance 931.16(A), all establishments with grease interceptors and/or grease traps are required to report to the City of Upper Arlington Public Service Department in January and July of each year. The City of Upper Arlington obtains the list of required establishments from Franklin County Public Health, which includes any and all food service establishments (FSE) within UA city boundaries, regardless of whether they claim to prepare or serve FOG containing food/drink or not. The list of licensed food facilities in Upper Arlington is updated semi-annually by Franklin Countpipe cloggedy Public Health. Establishments that fail to report timely will be found in violation of City Ordinance 931.99 and subject to a fine of not more than one hundred fifty dollars ($150.00); each day's violation shall constitute a separate offense.

During routine cleaning & inspection of the City’s sanitary sewer lines, the Upper Arlington Public Service Department can identify which sanitary service area, and usually the specific building or neighborhood, grease is coming from. If grease blockages are occurring frequently in a certain area, the Public Service Department will notify the establishments in the area by providing a written order, describing the action that is needed and specifying when the corrective action must be completed. Establishments that fail to take corrective action by the time specified in the written order will be found in violation of City Ordinance 931.99 and subject to a fine of no more than $150.00; each day's violation shall constitute a separate offense.

More details about reporting cleaning and maintenance of grease interceptors & grease traps can be found on our Frequently Asked Questions page.

How to Report/Submit Cleaning Records

Cleaning records are required to be tracked and submitted for each grease trap and grease interceptor separately. The grease trap cleaning log & grease interceptor cleaning log should be updated after each cleaning. The most up-to-date logs must be submitted during each reporting period.

To submit cleaning/maintenance records, please click here.

If you have any questions about submitting your cleaning records, please contact the Public Service Department at 614-583-5350.

Additional information is available in the City of Upper Arlington Code of Ordinances:

Section 931.13 – Discharge of Harmful Substances into Sewers

Section 931.15 – Application, Administration and Enforcement of Columbus Sewer Usage Ordinances

Section 931.16 – Maintenance of Interceptors

Section 931.99 - Penalty

How Grease Blockages in the Sewer Occur

Sanitary sewers are designed and installed with sufficient diameter to carry the normal waste discharges from a residence or business. However, when fats, oils, and grease (FOG) are discharged to the sewer untreated, they cool and accumulate on the sidewalls of the sewer pipes, creating a layer of build-up diminishing the pipe's diameter. As this build-up accumulates, it restricts the flow and causes blockages in the sewer, back-ups on private property, and/or overflowing manholes.

The images below represent what happens when a sanitary sewer overflow occurs due the obstruction of sewer pipelines from fats, oils and greases. 


Associated Documents

Best Management Plan
Grease Interceptor Cleaning Report Form
Grease Trap Cleaning Report Form
Grease Interceptor Mechanics
Grease Trap Mechanics


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