Private Sewage Disposal     Return to Environmental Health

The Environmental Health Division performs the following functions within the Private Disposal System Program (aka Septic Systems):
  • Reviews proposed private sewage disposal system plans and applications.
  • Ensures the proposed system is of an appropriate type, sized adequately and located on the property to minimize the chance of future problems.
  • Issues permits for private sewage disposal systems that comply with code requirements.
  • Inspects the installation work performed on all private sewage disposal systems to ensure that the system is installed correctly.
  • Investigate complaints about malfunctioning systems, improper modifications and other problems related to private sewage disposal systems.

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Helpful Hints:

  • In order to obtain a building permit you must have an approved water & sewage system permit. It takes at least 24 hours to review and process all private sewage disposal system permits.
  • Periodic pumping and inspection of a systemís tank(s) is essential to preventing premature failure of system.
  • Malfunctioning systems can expose the public to live bacteria and virus that can cause illnesses.
  • Should your septic system begin malfunctioning allowing sewage to come to the ground surface, contact a septic contractor, have the system pumped and evaluated to determine the type of corrective actions that are required. Permits are required for repairs to existing septic systems and those repairs should be done as soon as possible.




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