Grease Ordinance FAQ

How much will it cost me if my establishment fails inspection and needs to be re-inspected?

There will be no charge if it passes the re-inspection.  If the re-inspection fails, it will be $61 dollars each hour the inspectors need to work the re-inspection.

What happens if I am in noncompliance and choose to do nothing?

The Director of the Wastewater Department or his or her designee can take any enforcement action or a combination of actions against a noncompliant person including but not limited to referral to the City's Code Enforcement Board for civil remedies available in Chapter 9 of the City of Tampa Code, criminal prosecution, request for injunctive relief, and/or request to pursue civil lawsuits to recover costs and/or damages.

What size grease trap do I need for my establishment?

View our online worksheet for assistance.

What type of grease trap or interceptor will satisfy requirements for Grease Management Ordinance?

The City cannot advocate a brand name.  Grease Traps and or Interceptors that are approved by the Plumbing and Drainage Institute are required.

What will a grease trap cost my business?

The average install for a small grease trap (0-100 gallons) is between $250 and $1500.  The average cost for the installation of a new grease trap (750 to 1500 gallons) is between $4000 and $8500.

How often should a grease interceptor be pumped out?

Each facility shall have its grease interceptor pumped according to the following criteria:

  • When the settled solids layer exceeds the invert of the outlet pipe (typically eight inches in depth), or;
  • When the total volume of captured grease and solid material displaces more than twenty-five percent (25%) of the capacity of the interceptor, or;  
  • When the interceptor is not retaining or capturing oils and greases.

How often should a grease trap be pumped out and who will pay for it?

Each 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.

How often will my grease interceptor or grease trap be inspected by a Grease Management Inspector?

It will be inspected as necessary to assure compliance with this Ordinance.

Where can I see a list of definitions used on this website?

How does sewer blockages effect the Sewer Systems?

You can read an informative pamphlet on How a Sewer Blockage Effects a Sewer System in PDF format.

What are suggestions for how to comply with the Grease Management Ordinance?

  1. Increasing the frequency of service from a licensed grease hauler.
  2. Increasing the size of the existing grease trap and/or interceptors service unit.
  3. Replacing the existing grease traps and/or interceptors unit.
  4. Utilization of alternative technology to achieve compliance.
  5. Installing multiple grease traps and/or interceptors to achieve compliance.

Where can I view the Florida Plumbing Code?

You can view the Plumbing Code here.