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Sewage Permits


What do I need to do in order to get a sewage permit? Operational Sewage Permits How do I become a septic installer in Darke County?
 What are the current septic installation requirements? How do I locate a contractor?  How do I become a scavenger or septic hauler?
  Are changes coming to the sewage code?   Sewer Projects Page  How do I become septic service provider?
319 Sewage Grant Project    Sewage Resolution (pdf) Septic Brochure (pdf)


What do I need to do in order to get a sewage permit?


New lots:  The lot must be approved for building before a sewage permit will be issued. See section on Building Lots
 

Existing lots:  Make an appointment for a site inspection.  The 2015 fee for this inspection is $200.00.
            The Health Department determines the type of system to be installed.
            Submit a plot plan to the Health Department of how the septic system will be installed along with the soil evaluation form.
            Either the homeowner  or a Registered Septic Installer (pdf) may perform the installation.

Existing Homes with failing systems: First, it may be necessary to determine why the system is failing to determine what corrective action may be needed.  The Health Department has sewage records for existing systems installed 1953 or after. The Health Department will first determine if there is a permit on file and if the system can be altered.  If the system cannot be altered and you need to install a new system, you may have to start with having the soil tested to determine the type of system to be installed. Or, if not enough area is available to install an on-site system, the Health Department will guide you in applying for a discharging system through the Ohio EPA.  Please contact the sewage program inspector to learn more and the  SEWAGE REPAIR APPLICATION (pdf)

Existing lots with existing system and you are placing a new home or adding onto the existing home: The existing septic system will need to be evaluated to determine if it is adequate for the new home or the addition onto the home.  Please see Home Sale Page


How do I locate a contractor?

Septic systems may only be installed by contractors who are registered with the Health Department as a septic installer. Below is a listing of registered installers.   

List of Installers

However, you may perform the work yourself if you know how to install systems, pass the State Exam, and you submit the required registration information along with the appropriate fee. If interested, please contact Elizabeth Farver at the Darke County Health Department for additional information,
937-548-4196 ext. 233


Operational Sewage Permits

All homeowners who had sewage permits issued after January 1 2007, are included in the Sewage Operational & Maintenance Program of the Darke County General Health District.  This program includes the inspection and operational permitting of systems after they have been installed. The frequency of inspection is dependent upon the type of system. Existing septic systems will be phased into this program. 


How do I become a septic installer in Darke County?


Submit the application to become a Registered Septic Installer.  These applications can be picked up at the Health Department.  The 2015 fee for registration is $175.00, and registration is good for the calendar year.  Along with the application, a copy of the state bond and a copy of the certificate showing passage of the state test must be submitted in order to be approved.

Link to State Exam


How do I become a scavenger or septic hauler in Darke County?


Submit the application and appropriate fee to become a Scavenger.  The 2015 fee is $175.00 plus $15.00 for each truck.  The truck must be inspected before the license will be issued.  Also, all sites of disposal must be approved before waste is permitted to be disposed.  The sites must be inspected and the 2015 fee for inspection is $75.00 per site. For details regarding truck and disposal requirements, contact the Health Department.  These applications can be picked up at the Health Department.  A copy of the state bond and a copy of the certificate showing passage of the state test must be submitted with the application in order to be approved. Registration is good for the calendar year.

Link to state test


How do I become septic service provider in Darke County?

Submit the application, a copy of the state bond, copy of certificate showing passage of state test, and appropriate fee to become a Service Provider.  These applications can be picked up at the Health Department.  The 2015 fee is $175.00.  Registration is good for the calendar year.

Link to state test


What are the current septic installation requirements?

                      Ohio Department of Health Sewage Rule page


Environmental Division Page

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Page last updated: 1/07/2015