"Monitoring and Inspection" is also known as "Evaluation of Existing Septic System (EES)".
- Basic septic systems with a tank and a gravity-fed drainfield must be inspected at least once every three years. These systems are called conventional gravity septic systems.
- Other types of septic systems must be inspected at least once a year. Pump to gravity, pressurized septic systems, sand filters, mounds, aerobic treatment units and other proprietary devices are in this category. These types of systems have pumps and other mechanical or electrical parts, and they need to be inspected more often than gravity systems.
- All food service establishments such as restaurants must have annual septic system inspections.
- The septic system is a residential system serving a single family residence or duplex on property you own.
- You successfully complete a County-approved septic system training and certification program. Training includes Septics 101 & 201. Septics 101 covers the basics of septic system operation and maintenance. Septics 201 covers a step by step inspection of the septic system and reporting the results. It includes conventional gravity septic systems, pressure distribution systems, sand filter systems, and mound systems. Other system types such as aerobic treatment units, biofilters, drip irrigation and all systems with proprietary devices are ineligible for homeowner inspections and must be evaluated by a professional at the frequency required in state code.
- Submission of the $10.00 Homeowner Authorization Fee.
- Your system is a conventional gravity septic system, pump to conventional gravity, pressure distribution system, sand filter system, or mound system.
- There is an adequate record of the systems location on file at Jefferson County Environmental Health.
- You will need to submit a report of your inspection activities to the County within 30 days of the septic system inspection, pay the report submittal fee and also ensure that needed maintenance service or repairs to the system are accomplished.
- In general, community and commercial septic systems must be inspected by a professional in Jefferson County. Authorized homeowners connected to a community septic system may inspect their own individual septic tank (and pump chamber if applicable) unless a maintenance contract or Homeowners Association Agreement requires a professional inspection.
- At the time of sale of property or transfer of title an inspection by a professional is required to be on file in compliance with the required inspection frequency.
- At the time of application for a building permit or other governmental actions such as land divisions, conditional use permit, boundary line adjustment, an inspection by a professional, compliant with the required frequency, must be on file. An inspection that involves more than a standard monitoring inspection may be needed for some building projects.
See list of individuals certified to complete the inspections can be found at: Certified Professionals.
For Homeowners interested in becoming authorized to complete Monitoring Inspections on their own septic systems info can be found at: Resources for Homeowners.