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How to apply for a septic permit:

Permits are issued by your local Health Department. You can obtain one personally, or through your contractor or Septic Installer.

If you install an aerobic systems you are personally involved in running an active waste treatment plant and the local authorities want to make certain that you understand the maintenance steps you will need to perform to keep your plant operating effectively.

The typical application package will include the results of the professional engineer's site evaluation, a property plan showing location of the proposed dwelling, driveway, sewage lines, tanks, and absorption field, and any ponds, tanks or adjacent lakes.

Download your permit forms here:

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Permit Acceptance or Modification

Your local permitting agency will review your permit and determine if the proposed design meets local codes and regulations. If not, the application will be disappoved and you will be notified about any required design changes. In some instances you may be required to change from a proposed conventional system to an aerobic system. In these instances you will be required to resubmit your application. An additional application fee may also be required.

Septic System Construction

Once the septic construction permit has been issued, construction may begin. Usually the regulating authority will require that all or part of the construction be performed by a certified septic contractor. Typically your system will need to pass three separate inspections: before construction begins, after the absorption field has been excavated but before it has been covered over, and at least 5 days before the completed system is to be placed into operation.