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Septic Regulations in Alabama

According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), approximately one out of every four homes in the country is situated in rural or suburban areas that lack access to a centralized sewer system, relying instead on septic systems. In Alabama, these systems are referred to as onsite sewage systems.


Licensing and Regulatory Measures

The Alabama Department of Public Health’s Division of Community Environmental Protection (CEP) oversees the regulation of onsite sewage systems in the state. Collaborating with county health departments and the Onsite Wastewater Management Board, the CEP ensures compliance with applicable guidelines.

In Alabama, both state and county laws mandate obtaining a permit before installing a septic system for residential properties. Additionally, a permit is necessary for conducting any repairs on existing septic systems. The cost of these permits varies, with residential permits being the least expensive. Permits for commercial, industrial, or multi-use buildings or premises carry higher fees. Naturally, the cost of a permit for septic tank repairs is lower than that of setting up a new septic tank.

Installation and Maintenance of Septic Systems

The installation process for a septic system in Alabama begins with a soil test, which is typically performed by engineers. Following that, the state or local authorities conduct inspections. The construction and installation of septic systems must be carried out by registered and licensed septic system contractors. Upon completion, the work undergoes thorough inspection to ensure compliance with all regulations.

Contacting the Alabama Department of Health

Environmental Services
Soil and Onsite Sewage Branch
Alabama Department of Public Health
The RSA Tower
201 Monroe Street, Suite 1250
Phone: (334) 206-5373
Fax: (334) 206-5788

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