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How do I apply for an On-Site Wastewater Improvement Permit?

  • Provide a site plan drawn to scale (1″ = 50′) showing the location of any/ all structures proposed on the property; lot dimensions; driveway location; any proposed well location.
  • If the applicant is not the current property owner, a signed and dated letter from the current property owner is required giving permission for the applicant to apply for an Improvement Permit.
  • Property Accessibility (Clearing the Lot) — An Environmental Health Specialist must have access and clearance enough to determine (be able to see) the location of property lines, and the proposed structure(s) and driveway in relation to property lines.
  • Expiration Date for Permits – This is a two (2) step process because often before buying property, individuals want to ascertain that construction and use of a septic system can be permitted on the property.  First, application is made to Public Health to conduct a site/soil evaluation of the property with at least some general idea of what the buyer or property owner plans to construct.  If something other than a single family residence is proposed, then Public Health will need to know more details in order to estimate the daily amount of waste water a septic system must have capacity to support.  After analysis of the available space and soil characteristics, a general determination can be made with this information as to whether or not an Improvement Permit (1st step) can be issued specific to this parcel of land.  The second (2nd) step, securing an Authorization to Construct can proceed when the owner can provide a detailed site plan and specifics as to how the proposed structure(s) will be used.  Normally, an Improvement Permit and Construction Authorization specific to a parcel of land states the expiration as five (5) years from the date of issue.
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