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Onsite Sewage

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Onsite sewage treatment and disposal systems (OSTDS), commonly referred to as septic systems, are a safe and effective means of wastewater disposal for 30 percent of Florida’s population.  With an estimated 2.6 million systems in operation, Florida represents 12 percent of the United States’ septic systems.  Properly designed, constructed, and maintained systems protect Florida’s ground water which provides 90 percent of Florida’s drinking water.

OSTDS also provides for regulation of

  • Installation of new OSTDS
  • Repairs made to OSTDS
  • Existing System Verifications
  • Companies that service OSTDS
  • Temporary Toilet or Holding Tank Servicing Companies
  • Annual Operating Permits of Certain OSTDS
  • Abandonments of Existing Septic Systems
  • Managed Septic System Program

Only Registered Septic Tank Contractors or Licensed Plumbers are permitted to work on OSTDS.  Permits must be obtained from the local health department to install or make repairs to these systems.  A homeowner may make repairs only on his personally occupied residence after a permit has been issued.

These systems are usually Septic Tanks, Aerobic Treatment Systems, or special Performance Based Treatment Systems that are used for homes and small residential units, or small commercial or industrial sites which only produce domestic or commercial type wastes.

Commercial systems producing more than 5000 gpd are regulated by the Department of Environmental Protection.


Florida Department of Health - Forms/Applications

Florida Department of Health Onsite Sewage web page

Florida Statutes

Florida Administrative Code