If I want to buy a property, do I need a “perc” test?
A Feasibility Assessment Record indicating a property is feasible is required before a property may be developed. Once the Feasibility Assessment Record is completed, we will issue a Statement of Feasibility. Some building officials require this letter, before they will issue a building permit or allow a subdivision. Others require an onsite wastewater system construction permit issued by our office before they will issue a building permit for a dwelling or facility.
How do I get a Statement of Feasibility?
The first step is to complete and submit a Site Assessment and Soil Evaluation application. Our office will initiate the creation of a Feasibility Assessment Record (FAR).
What if I just want information relating to any existing records?
A Site Assessment and Soil Evaluation application must be completed and submitted to our office. This will ensure that we provide information on the correct property, and documents to whom this information is released. Written copies of this information may require a GRAMA request.
What is a Feasibility Assessment Record?
A Division created record containing a summary of all relevant feasibility assessment activity findings or studies, whether performed by the Division or a Service Provider, associated with a specific geographic location centered on the soil exploration pit. See the Feasibility Assessment Record Criteria sheet for more details.
Do Statements of Feasibility expire?
Yes. A Statement of Feasibility is only valid for five years. After five years, additional feasibility studies may be required, if rules, regulations, or policies have changed. This is more of an issue with feasibility studies completed more than 10 years ago by uncertified individuals.
When are percolation tests required?
If a Type 1 (usually 0-10 minute per inch (MPI) percolation rate) or Type 5 (usually 61-120 MPI percolation rate) soil is found in the soil exploration pit, a percolation test will be required to qualify which types of onsite wastewater systems may be placed on the property.
When is ground water monitoring required?
If the anticipated maximum groundwater table is within 48 inches of the bottom of an anticipated absorption system, ground water monitoring is required. This process may take up to one year. This is typically required for all properties west of Interstate 15.