Sites are evaluated for their suitability to dispose of sewage in a safe and sanitary manner. The evaluation is based on the soil quality, topography of the land, and its intended use. On-site sewage disposal systems are designed, inspected, and monitored, and permits are issued or denied according to State law.
In order to have a piece of property evaluated for septic system suitability in the County the following steps must be followed:
- An application must be submitted to Environmental Health.
- A Site Sketch Plan showing lot dimensions, location of proposed and actual buildings, driveways, swimming pools, etc. must be submitted to Environmental Health.
- A fee of $300 must be paid.
- The property corners and proposed building corners must be properly flagged prior to the evaluation being conducted. Flags will be provided to the applicant.
A septic tank should be checked periodically (every 3-5 years) to see if pumping is needed. This is preventative maintenance since not pumping solids from the septic tank can result in the drain field from being clogged from these solids.
Environmental Health does not do perc tests, which were eliminated in the 1970s as the way of determining suitability for a septic tank system.