Environmental Permits Handbook
Septic System Construction Permit
Any individual or property owner who desires to have a subsurface sewage disposal (septic) system installed on their property or requiring repair to an existing faulty system must get a Septic System Construction Permit.
What Information Must I Provide?
Applicants must submit the following information:
How Will My Application Be Processed?
Completed application forms and application fees should be sent to the Division of Groundwater Protection at the local county office. A detailed review of the application is conducted, and the applicant is notified when the review is complete. The review process generally takes 10 days and must be completed within 45 days of the date the application was submitted.
What Fees Are Required?
What Are My Rights and Responsibilities After the Permit is Approved?
The applicant has the right to proceed with activities outlined in the approved permit. They must notify the Department of any changes to application information. The applicant is responsible for following all applicable state statutes and regulations. The applicant or SSDS installer must notify the Division when a system has been installed so that it can be inspected and approved. Applicants have the right to appeal a permit that has been denied, suspended or revoked.
What Are the Divisions Rights and Responsibilities After the Permit is Approved?
The Division inspects each SSDS installation to ensure that it was installed in accordance with permit conditions and regulatory requirements. The Division has the right to revoke, suspend, or deny the issuance of a permit to any applicant who violates the state statutes or departmental regulations. Any person who violates or fails to comply with the state statutes, rules, or regulations may be subject to civil penalties.
Whom Do I Contact For Applications, Assistance and Other Information?
Applicants may obtain applications and information from the Tennessee Division of Ground Water Protection.
Applicants may refer to the following publications for further information:
TDEC Rule 1200-1-6: Regulations to Govern Subsurface Sewage Disposal Systems
TCA Section 68-221-401..414: Subsurface Sewage Disposal Systems