Changing your home’s wastewater system is a big decision. You’ve weighed the pros and cons and have decided that a septic system is right for you. So, the next step is obtaining a septic permit. But how does one obtain a permit? This could be a different process for different areas. Here is a basic layout of what getting a septic permit may look like.

You need to have the site evaluated first. A public health district official should evaluate the site. They will tell you if additional testing of the site is required. Also, a licensed contractor should be contacted. The contractor will inspect the proposed site. They will be able to provide you with an estimate to complete the work. They will also be able to help you determine the best location for the new tank.

The city official may require you to get a Nutrient-Pathogen (NP) evaluation before issuing a permit. Septic systems have the potential to introduce pollutants into the ground. An NP evaluation will help prevent this. An official will take a sample. A science lab will perform tests. This analysis will determine the potential water quality impact of a septic system install. Remember, this is not always necessary.

Once the property has been evaluated and any additional testing completed, the preliminaries are done. It is time to file your permit with your health district. Sometimes, a septic permit is denied because the health department determines that the property is not suitable for a septic system. However, the permit may be granted. Then you are clear to begin installation! Be sure to research your contractor. A licensed contractor must install the system. Once the install is complete, you will need to have the system inspected by the city before it becomes functional.

At Express Septic Pumping, we are a full service company. We can evaluate your property and provide you with a FREE estimate for a septic system install. Our bids will include all inspection costs. Call us today.

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