Operation Permit

The Operation Permit is issued when the Environmental Health Specialist completes a final system inspection and determines that all the conditions of the Improvement Permit, the Construction Authorization, and installed system is in compliance with the Laws and Rules for Sewage Treatment and Disposal Systems. The issuance of the Operation Permit is required prior to release of the Certificate of Occupancy (CO) by the building inspector.

The Operation Permit includes the conditions for system performance, operation, maintenance, monitoring, and reporting. Some septic systems such as low pressure pipes, peat filters, fixed media filters, and other pretreatment systems require contracts between the owner and a certified subsurface operator and/or wastewater operator to maintain and operate the system for as long as the use of the system is required.

Noncompliance of these requirements can results in permit suspension or revocation or other legal remedies as specified in the Rules.

An Operation Permit shall be valid and remain in effect for a system provided:
  • The use of the facility remains unchanged
  • The quantity and quality of the wastewater is unchanged
  • No malfunction is found
  • The conditions of the Operation Permit are complied with, and the Operation Permit has not expired
Operation Permits for Type V and VI systems (Pretreatment) are valid for a period of 60 months. Renewal applications are required six months prior to the expiration.