Developing an Onsite Wastewater System
Statement of Feasibility
In order to develop a raw (undeveloped) property, a Statement of Feasibility is required. To initiate the process to obtain this document, the applicant will complete an Onsite Wastewater System Application. Our office will conduct a GIS assessment, a records search, a site assessment, and a soil evaluation. We will also oversee required percolation tests and ground water monitoring. Based on the feasibility studies, if the property meets the legal requirements, we will issue a Statement of Feasibility allowing development on the property.
More information regarding Feasibility Assessment criteria can be found here.
The inspector must assess the construction to insure proper excavation and installation of a onsite wastewater system. It must meet the requirements of the approved plan and be in compliance with the Rule R317-4. Of primary concern is whether the septic tank and drain field/deep trench have been sized and located properly for health and safety. The excavation cannot be back-filled until the health inspector has given final approval.
Existing Onsite Wastewater Systems
Locating an Existing Septic System
If you need help locating an existing septic tank, please submit an Onsite Wastewater System Application. When we receive this application, we can search our records and provide any information that we have regarding the system on your property.
More information on locating an existing septic system can be found here.
Connecting to the Sewer
Municipal and state laws require that if a property is within 300 feet of a public sewer, the city or county may require sewer connection of any occupied buildings on the property.
Abandoning an Existing Septic System
To properly abandon a septic system, you must notify the health department within 72 hours prior to any excavation or construction. Then the septic tank must be pumped and removed or crushed in place and void filled or completely filled with earth sand or gravel.
When connecting to the sanitary sewer the building sewer must bypass the septic tank and slope at ¼ inch per foot to the municipal or district sewer main. A clean out within two feet of the foundation is generally required by the building code.