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Environmental Division

Phone: 913-715-6900

11811 S. Sunset Drive STE 2700, Olathe, KS 66061

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Commercial Systems

commercial buildingThe Commercial/Industrial On-Site Program issues permits to install and operate non-residential septic systems where property owners are not served by a public wastewater collection system. There are about 400 entities subject to regulation under this program including businesses, government agencies, institutions, and others. Most of the on-site systems consist of a holding tank which has been installed to receive only domestic wastewater. These holding tanks must be pumped on an as-needed basis by a licensed Johnson County sanitary disposal contractor. This domestic wastewater must be disposed of at an approved wastewater treatment plant. In a few cases, commercial/industrial systems involve components more similar to residential systems such as septic tanks and lateral fields.

 
Obtaining Commercial/Industrial Sewage Treatment Permit

All newly constructed commercial or industrial establishments are required to install a holding tank for the disposal of their waste if sewers are not available. The following are required steps to obtain the permit and the subsequent installation of the holding tank.soil profile

In most instances a holding tank will be required for the commercial property.  However, a soil profile analysis may need to be conducted if a conventional system needs to be installed.  A completed Profile Analysis Application and fee must be submitted for the soil profile analysis. A backhoe operator must meet a Johnson County Environmental Health Specialist at the site for the analysis.

When making an application for a permit the following materials must be submitted for review:

  • A completed application (only if a conventional system is required);
  • A design plan drawn by a JCDHE-licensed installer or designer for the installation of the holding tank;
  • A set of floor plans that includes the plans for plumbing;
  • A letter from a JCDHE-licensed sanitary sewage disposal contractor stating that they are contracted to pump the holding tank.

installing tankThe permit to install the holding tank will be issued after the plan review has been completed. The owner/agent will be contacted when the permit is ready. The permit will be available at the Environment Division office once the appropriate fees are paid.

Once the permit has been issued to the owner/agent, the holding tank may be installed. The Environment Division must inspect and approve the final construction and final grade. The appropriate county or city office will be notified by JCDHE once the final grade is approved.

After the final grade has been approved the county or city Building Codes office will be notified and the Operating Permit will be issued.

The Operating Permit must be posted in a conspicuous place for public view.

 
Types of Operating Permits

There are two types of operating permits issued.

Class A permit is issued for private onsite sewage treatment systems that have either the potential to discharge commercial waste or employ twenty (20) or more full-time equivalents per day.

Class B permit is issued for private onsite sewage treatment systems that are used solely for domestic waste and employ less than twenty (20) full-time equivalents.

 
Forms You Need:

  • Soil Profile Analysis (only if a conventional system is required)
  • Application for Commercial/Industrial On-Site Wastewater System

Find these forms and associated fees on the Form and Fees page.

 
Annual Permitting

Permits for the operation of a commercial/industrial on-site system are issued annually. The term of the permit is the calendar year and the Application for Annual Commercial/Industrial On-Site Sewage System Operation Permit must be completed and a fee paid. All permits are renewed at the beginning of the year, and a fee is charged, depending upon the size and type of operations discharging to the on-site system. The fee covers the cost of the annual inspection, enforcement activities, and the tracking of all wastewater to its proper point of disposal.

 
Facility Inspections on Installed Systems

Each year a JCDHE Environmental Health Specialist inspects each of the nearly 400 locations where on-site wastewater systems are permitted for commercial/industrial, institutional, and governmental entities. The purpose of the inspection is fourfold:

  1. To verify that the system is operating properly and not causing public health or environmental problems;
  2. To interview a representative of the permittee’s operations as to any increases in the number of employees, or process changes which might generate more wastewater and necessitate system modifications;
  3. To ascertain the quality of service being provided by the county-licensed sanitary disposal contractors who retrieve the wastewater and provide a current copy of all licensed sanitary disposal contractors, and
  4. To educate the permittee regarding the proper operation of the on-site system, public health and environmental issues, and to provide a copy of the Commercial/Industrial On-Site Sewage Disposal Inspection results.

 
System Failure

A failing system is any on-site sewage treatment system which, for any reason, does not function as designed or as prescribed by the Johnson County Environmental Sanitary Code.

 
Remediation of the Problem

When JCDHE becomes aware of a commercial/industrial failing on-site system through the annual inspection process or via complaint, a number of steps ensue to correct the problem. They are as follows:

  1. An initial visit is made to the location to assess and document the situation and gather all pertinent information – who, what, when, where, how.
  2. The responsible permit holder and/or landlord is contacted, advised of the problem, a solution is outlined, and cooperation is solicited for resolution.
  3. When cooperation is gained and a repair is specified, a JCDHE-licensed designer or designer/installer is contacted by the applicant to begin the system repair process.
  4. If the system is an on-site sewage treatment system that includes a septic tank and lateral field or a new holding tank, major work may be necessary to correct the problem. If this is the case the steps specified for obtaining a soil profile analysis and ultimately a new permit will be followed. The installer must submit a copy of the drawing of the proposed system and an application for the permit before the permit is issued.
  5. If the repair is classified as a minor repair, a minor repair permit is issued, specific conditions for the repair and its operation are made.
  6. Final construction and final grade inspections are made regardless of the type of repair done.

 

Contractor/Installer Licensing

JCDHE licenses installers and designers of private sewage treatment systems regulated under the Johnson County Environmental Sanitary Code, as well as the sanitary disposal contractors, also known as pumpers, who clean the treatment systems and transport the sewage to the disposal site. Following are the environmental code regulations for these professionals and the applications necessary for initial licensing and renewal.

Installers and Designers

A valid installer license must be issued to any person who installs or engages in the installation or repair of a private sewage treatment system. Employees of an installer who has a valid license are not required to be separately licensed. Licensed installers may, without separate license, design conventional and shallow in-ground systems that are pumped or gravity fed, but no others.

On-Site sewage treatment system designerA valid designer license must be issued to any person who conducts or performs design services for any private sewage treatment system regulated under the Johnson County Environmental Sanitary Code. Employees of a designer who has a valid license are not required to be separately licensed.  A designer license is required for the design of any alternative system such as mound, low pressure pipe, or other permitted alternative system. A licensed professional engineer will be considered licensed to perform the services of designer.

Installer licenses expire on December 31 of each year and must be renewed annually on or before January 15 of the following year.

Designer licenses are valid for a term of two years, running concurrently with the calendar year and expire on December 31 of each succeeding calendar year. Licenses may be renewed on or before January 15 of any succeeding year.

All fees for either license are due at the time of application of license or renewal.

The applicant will be required to demonstrate adequate knowledge of the regulations pertaining to private sewage treatment systems and general engineering principles pertaining to such systems. Actual experience, education, or professional licensing of the applicant may be considered in the granting or denial of an application, including prior revocations or disciplinary action.

Application requirements include attendance at an appropriate training workshop and satisfactory completion of a written examination. The workshop shall be conducted or sponsored by JCDHE or other recognized governmental, educational, or professional institution. The written exam shall be administered by the Environment Division and cover subjects related to public health concerns, sewage treatment techniques, standards for design or construction or installation of sewage treatment systems, sewage treatment theory, and/or hydraulics. Any applicant who fails to satisfactorily complete the written examination may retake the exam after thirty days.

Every person licensed as an installer or designer must obtain a minimum of three hours of approved continuation training each calendar year. No license will be renewed without submission of a certification of the training to the Director of JCDHE. The training must be directly related to the knowledge requirements necessary for issuance of the license under Chapter 2, Section 3 of the Johnson County Environmental Sanitary Code. Attendance of any workshop conducted, sponsored or approved by JCDHE or any applicable professional association will meet this training requirement.

The licensed installer must have and maintain insurance for liability and workmanship in amounts and forms as designated by the administering agency. A copy of the certificate of insurance must be filed with the agency. The licensed installer may also be required to be bonded.

A license may be revoked for failure to comply with the Johnson County Environmental Sanitary Code. The revocation procedure will comply with the provisions of Chapter I of the code.

Forms:

  • Experience Questionnaire for Installer Licensing
  • Experience Questionnaire for Designer Licensing

Find these forms and associated fees on the Forms and Fees page.

 
Sanitary Disposal Contractors (Pumpers)

on-site sewage treatment system pumperA valid sanitary disposal contractor license is required to engage in the pumping or cleaning of a private sewage treatment system or the transport of sewage to a disposal site. Employees of a sanitary disposal contractor who has a valid license are not required to be separately licensed. The license shall also designate the vehicles to be used by the licensee.

Licenses expire on December 31 of each year and must be renewed annually on or before January 15 of any following year. All required license fees are due at the time of application.

Licensed sanitary disposal contractors must comply with the following performance requirements:

  • When cleaning a septic tank, a licensed contractor must remove the liquid, sludge, and scum, leaving no more than three inches depth of sewage.
  • All equipment must be maintained so as to ensure that no spillage of sewage will occur during transportation, and that his employees are not subjected to undue health hazards. All sewage must be transported in an enclosed tank.
  • Sewage must be transported only in vehicles approved for that purpose by JCDHE. Each vehicle must be inspected prior to issuance or renewal of a license to a sanitary disposal contractor. The vehicle must be kept in good working condition and both the name of the licensee and the sanitary disposal contractor license number are to be clearly displayed on both sides of the vehicle in bold letters not less than five inches in height.
  • Disposal of collected sewage may only take place at a site designated by JCDHE. A report stating the dates, sources, volume, and disposal site of each load or partial load of sewage or waste transported during the preceding calendar month must be submitted to the JCDHE Director, or her designee, not later than the 10th day of each month. This report must be on a form furnished by JCDHE. It must contain the signature of the person submitting the report and must bear the signature(s) of the responsible person operating the disposal site for each load or partial load received at the site from the contractor.
  • Prior to the issuance or renewal of a license the applicant will be required to demonstrate adequate knowledge of the regulations pertaining to sanitary disposal contractors. The administering authority may consider prior conduct of the applicant in localities not subject to the Johnson County Environmental Sanitary Code in the granting or renewal of a license as well as any prior violations to the Code.
  • The license holder must comply with any applicable federal, state, and local regulations or law including, but not limited to, those set forth now or hereafter adopted in Standards for the Use or Disposal of Sewage Sludge, volume 58, number 32, page 9388, of the Federal Register, February 19, 1993, as amended.

 A license may be revoked for failure to comply with the Johnson County Environmental Sanitary Code.

Forms:

Find application and associated fee on the Forms and Fees page.

 

Decommissioning Tanks

Any septic tank that is not being used must have the sewage removed by a licensed sanitary disposal contractor. The top cover of the septic tank must be removed and crushed into the septic tank. The septic tank is then filled with sand, gravel, earth, concrete or other approved material. The Environment Division recommends that sand or gravel be used.

The septic tank must be inspected by an Environmental Health Specialist prior to its being covered with soil. There is an application that must be submitted with the required fee prior to the inspection of the decommissioned tank.

More Information

Plugging Cisterns, Cesspools, Septic Tanks, and Other Holes
(Publication from the Kansas State University Agricultural Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension Office)

Failing Systems

A failing system is any private sewage treatment system which, for any reason, does not function as designed or as prescribed by the Johnson County Environmental Sanitary Code.

What are the signs of trouble?

  • Foul odors in your home or yard tell you that your system is not working well.failing system
  • Slow or backed up drains may be caused by a clog in the house pipes, septic tank, soil absorption field, or roof vent for your sewer line.
  • Wet spongy ground or lush plant growth may indicate a leaky septic tank or failing soil absorption field.
  • Repeated intestinal illnesses in your family may occur if your water is contaminated by poorly treated wastewater. Have your drinking water tested annually for coliform bacteria and nitrates (for water wells or other private drinking source).
  • Algal blooms and excessive weed growth in nearby ponds or lakes can be caused by poorly treated wastewater discharging from septic systems.

File an online report of a failing sewage treatment system on this site.

Repair and Corrections

Any private sewage treatment system that is being repaired or replaced shall have plans and specifications submitted to and reviewed by the Environment Division of the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment (JCDHE). No repairs or corrections shall be performed without a permit and inspection as required by the Code. All repairs/replacements must be performed by an installer who has a current license with JCDHE. A list of licensed installers is available on this site. 

What's Involved?

failing systemThe county becomes aware of private systems in need of repair when the homeowner calls with concerns about their system, or when a concerned citizen calls and reports the problem confidentially. Either way, once the report is received, an initial visit is made to assess the situation and to gather all pertinent information. Once it is determined that a repair or replacement of the system is necessary, the homeowner will need to apply and pay for a soil profile. A letter will follow with recommendations regarding the repair/replacement. Before the repair or replacement begins, the homeowner will need to apply for a permit and a licensed installer must submit a drawing of the proposed replacement or repair. The homeowner will be notified when the permit is ready to be issued. There is a fee for the permit. Both a final construction and final grade inspection will must be completed and approved by JCDHE.

Why all the Fuss?

The mission of the Environment Division is to assist in the protection of the health, welfare and environment of the community through programs and activities that monitor, control, and/or eliminate harmful and potentially harmful environmental factors. Sewage is potentially very harmful if it is not treated properly.

 

Pumper/Installer Lists

JCDHE licenses installers and designers of private sewage treatment systems regulated under the Johnson County Environmental Sanitary Code, as well as the sanitary disposal contractors, also known as pumpers, who clean the treatment systems and transport the sewage to the disposal site. These professionals are licensed annually.  Each year the lists on this site are populated as licenses are issued.

JCDHE does not endorse any particular on-site sewage professional.

Licensed Sanitary Disposal Contractors (Pumpers)

In areas of Johnson County covered by the Code, to engage in the pumping or cleaning of a private sewage treatment system or transport sewage to a disposal site, a person is required to be licensed by JCDHE. The companies and individuals listed below have met that requirment.

Company Grease Sewage Phone Number
Truninger Brothers Septic Tank Pumping X X 816-540-5673
Clean Right Septic & Sewer Service X X 913-677-3207
Quality Plumbing Inc X X 816-472-4994
Darling International X   913-321-9328
Reddi Services Inc X X 913-287-5005
K Jett Services, LLC X X 816-769-3900
Ralph Smith Septic Tank Service   X 913-724-9793
Swift Construction dba CEI X   816-221-0006
Honey-Wagon/K-Mel Industries X X 913-764-1234
Honey Bee Septic Service   X 785-841-0399
A-1 Sewer & Septic Service, Inc X X 913-631-5201
Express Septic X X 913-287-2280
Haz-Mat Response, Inc.   X 913-782-5151
Bill's Septic   X 913-755-4082
American Waste Systems Inc.   X 816-966-1161
Gerken Rent-All   X 913-294-3783
Dailey Septic Service   X 913-856-7550
W.E.S. Septic Service   X 913-755-2100
Gotta-Go LLC   X 785-241-1242
Madden Rental   X 785-242-2894
Liquid Environmental Solutions X   913-573-1939
Brooks Grease Service X   816-550-8446
Healy Biosiesel, Inc. X  

620-545-7800

Digger Jim X X 913-683-0404

Licensed Pumpers for Portable Toilets

Company Name Phone Number
Clean Right Septic & Sewer Service 913-677-3207
Sanitary Portables 816-537-5623
Deffenbaugh Industries/Johnny on the Spot 913-631-6500
Best Portable Toilets Inc. 816-348-7700
Quick Stop Portable Toilets 816-407-1157
Gerkan Rent-All 913-294-3783
American Waste Systems Inc. 816-966-1161
Dailey Septic Service 913-856-7550
Cyclone, Inc 816-453-1484
Madden Rental 785-242-2894

 

Licensed Septic Installers

In areas of Johnson County covered by the Code, to install a new private sewage treatment system or make repairs to an existing system, a person is required to be licensed by JCDHE. The companies and individuals listed below have that requirement.

These approved licensed installers can design conventional systems. Some licensed installers are also licensed designers. These installers are indicated in the list. Licensed designers are persons licensed through examination to design alternative systems such as mound, low pressure pipe or other permitted alternative system.

Company Name Licensed Designer Maintenance Provider Phone Number
Crosby Plumbing     913-441-5800
K & M Construction General Contractor     913-208-5466
B & D Contracting, LLC     913-796-6474
Allen Construction LLC X X 913-238-6421
Kenneth L. Sloan Construction     913-915-0447
L-J Backhoe Service     785-883-4132
John Kunkel X   913-226-7180
Wiedenmann Inc/Glen Barge     816-322-1125
Brown's Construction X X 913-980-6180
Davis Excavating, LLC     913-927-0077
Kinney's Plumbing     913-782-2840
Honey Bee Septic Service LLC     785-841-0399
Thomas Brothers X   816-223-0501
Galamba Construction, Inc.     816-225-6441
Conner Construction     913-285-0315
Dailey Construction & Septic Service   X 816-590-0799
Ted Row, Inc.     816-223-9666
Markley Ditching LLC     785-842-5524
Prime Construction Inc.     785-925-1168
Wray Backhoe     785-255-4536
A-1 Sewer & Septic Service     913-631-5201
Beemer Construction Co.     816-229-2266
Glanville Construction, LLC     913-796-6644
The Septic Guy LLC X X 913-908-3338
Bonner Springs Septic Service     913-208-9715
Clisso Company Inc.     913-915-5169
Honey Wagon\K-Mel Industries     913-764-1234
Bill's Septic Service     913-755-4082
RPHT Inc.     913-948-4364
Residential Sewage Treatment X X 816-966-8885
Hammonds Construction Inc.     913-485-5495
Mark Enright/Hart Plumbing     785-893-4174
Jake Chadwick Excavating     913-980-6419 or 913-406-4544
Quality Septic & Sewer/Mark Shepard X X 913-980-6886
Crystal Trenching Co.     913-677-1233
Walt Johnston     913-585-1477
Blake Excavating     913-915-0199
3 Brothers Landscaping     913-709-9971
Blankenship Excavating    

913-709-5733

Hammons Construction, Inc.     913-710-2275
Morris Excavation     785-550-8351

 

Resale Inspections

resale inspectionsA resale inspection is a procedure performed by a JCDHE Environmental Health Specialist to determine the functional status of a private sewage treatment system. It involves inspection of the indoor plumbing, the functional components of the system, lot site conditions, and a historical file review.

A resale inspection, performed prior to buying a property, can help you avoid expensive problems later. The functional status of a treatment system can be determined at the time of the inspection and can tell you if minor or major repairs are needed, as well as any recommended upgrades to the system.

If you are selling or refinancing your home, it is advisable to schedule a resale inspection. This should be done as far in advance of the closing date as possible to allow enough time to make any required repairs.

The Johnson County Environmental Sanitary Code requires that an inspection be performed within the first 60 days after a property is purchased, if the property is located in an area covered by the Code. All areas of Johnson County are covered except Overland Park, and within the city limits of De Soto, Gardner, and Edgerton.

Applying for a Resale Inspection

Before the process can be started, the application and current fee must be submitted to the Environment Division office. After the application and current fee have been submitted, the JCDHE Environmental Health Specialist contacts the applicant to set a time and date for the inspection. It is the applicant's responsibility to contact a licensed Johnson County Sanitary Disposal Contractor to pump out the septic tank. A list of Sanitary Disposal Contractors, also called pumpers, is located on this site.

Form You Need

  • Application for a Private Sewage System Resale Inspection

Find this form and the associated fee on the Forms and Fees page.

Preparing for the Inspection

The septic tank must be pumped out so that Environmental Health Specialist can make a thorough examination of the structural integrity of the tank and the components of the private sewage treatment system and ascertain its condition. The septic tank's condition will be noted in a report provided to you.

The main opening to the septic tank must be uncovered and available for pumping and inspection prior to the Environmental Health Specialist's arrival to the site.

Scheduling the Inspection

The Environmental Health Specialist schedules on a first-come-first-served basis. Generally, an inspection must be requested 8 hours in advance via application and fee submittal. As other inspections may already be scheduled, this advance notice helps to eliminate scheduling conflicts. The Environment Division's office hours are 8 am - 5 pm, Monday through Friday.

The applicant or a representative of the property must be available to provide access to the house so that the Environmental Health Specialist can examine all interior drain lines and water fixtures to ensure correct plumbing to the private sewage treatment system. Also, the Environmental Health Specialist can explain how the treatment system works and how to properly maintain it.

A resale inspection can usually be completed in one and one-half hours. The report of the results is usually available within 48 hours.

What If a Problem is Found

At the time of the inspection, the Environmental Health Specialist will explain their findings and a report will be sent to the applicant as soon as it is completed. If there are any repairs that need to be made, a proper permit must be issued by JCDHE and all repairs must be completed in compliance with the Johnson County Environmental Sanitary Code. Any work that is done to the private sewage treatment system must be done by a JCDHE-licensed installer. A list of licensed installer is available on this site.

Buyer/Seller Requirements

The requirements for buyers and sellers of residential property served by a private sewage treatment system are outlined in the Johnson County Environmental Sanitary Code. Here is a summary.Exchange of house keys

Buyers may order and pay for a resale inspection on the property. A recording fee for the System Use Permit is included with the application fee. If the buyer DOES purchase the property, the System Use Permit will be mailed to the address provided on the application.

Sellers may order and pay for a resale inspection on their property. The buyer of the property will still be responsible for paying a recording fee and obtaining a System Use Permit once the property ownership has transferred.

New Owners

If a person purchases a property served by a private sewage treatment system located in an area covered by the Code, they must apply for a System Use Permit within 60 days.  Upon payment of the appropriate fee and scheduling a licensed disposal contractor to pump the tank, the treatment system will be inspected by an Environmental Health Specialist. Once approved, a System Use Permit will be issued to the new property owner once the sale transaction is final.

 

Residential Systems

Approximately 23% of all homes in the United States are served by private sewage treatment systems. There are approximately 9,000 private sewage treatment systems in Johnson County. The Residential On-Site Program issues permits for private sewage treatment systems where property owners are not served by a public wastewater collection system. This program oversees the construction of new private treatment systems and the repair or replacement of existing systems.

Sewage Treatment System Design

Private sewage treatment systems typically consist of two parts, the two-compartment septic tank and the soil absorption area or lateral field. The septic tank receives and provides primary treatment for the raw sewage. Primary treatment in the septic tank is the separation of liquids and solids. Three distinct layers are formed in the septic tank: the scum layer, sludge layer, and clear layer. More information.

Obtaining Installation Permit

Obtaining a permit to install a private sewage treatment system is a multi-step process involving applications, fees soil analysis, and inspections.

Application and Fee

A completed Soil Profile Analysis application and the current fee must be submitted by the lot owner or their authorized representative to start the permit process.  The application can be found under OnSite Forms in the left border of this page, titled Soil Profile Analysis.  The current fee can be found on the the Forms and Fees page.

Soil Profile Analysis

Once the  application and fee have been submitted, the soil profile analysis is performed by an Environmental Health Specialist on each lot prior to the design and construction of the private sewage treatment system. The purpose of the analysis is to determine the suitability of the soil for absorption and treatment of the effluent. The soil is analyzed to a depth of five feet. The properties of the soil, such as texture and structure, are determined as well as the depth of ground water, seasonal water table or bedrock.

A completed application, along with the fee, must be submitted by the lot owner or authorized representative before the analysis can be scheduled. The applicant is responsible for hiring a backhoe operator who will schedule the time of the analysis with the Environment Division and meet the environmental health specialist at the site. It is recommended that the homeowner and/or builder attend the meeting on site. The backhoe operator will dig as many pits as necessary, in appropriate locations, in order to find the best soil conditions on the existing lot. Soil samples are obtained from the pits for analysis and future reference, and the pits are backfilled by the backhoe operator.

The applicant will receive a letter containing the results of the analysis and stating the options for the type of private sewage treatment system that can be permitted for that particular lot.

Plan Review

When applying for a private sewage treatment system installation permit, a second application and fee must be submitted to our office.  This application is for the Installation Permit.  The application can be found under OnSite Forms in the right border of this page, titled New/Reconstructed Private System.  The fee can be found in the OnSite section of the Forms and Fees page.  Along with the application and fee, the following materials must be submitted for review:

  • A completed installation application, including the site address,
  • One set of house plans, and
  • A design plan for the treatment system

The design plan for the private sewage treatment system must be prepared by a installer or designer licensed by JCDHE or a licensed engineer. The design plan shall be drawn to scale, no greater than one inch equal to fifty feet (1" = 50'), and shall include, but not be limited to, the following information:

  • Location of the soil profile pits,
  • Size of lot, dimensions, and relative location of proposed or existing structures,
  • Proposed location of the treatment system, and
  • Proposed location of a replacement area for the system, consisting of at least 5,000 square feet.

The plan review will be conducted by an environmental health specialist.. The time required for the plan review will vary according to the type of sewage treatment system that has been designed. Most plan reviews can be completed within five days.

Permit for Installation

The permit to install a private sewage treatment system is issued after the plan review has been completed. The permit is approved by an Environmental Health Specialist prior to issuance to the homeowner or authorized representative.

The permit will contain the site address and specifications regarding the size and installation requirements for the private sewage treatment system. Additional specifications and requirements for the installation of private sewage treatment systems are included in the Johnson County Environmental Sanitary Code (Code).

The permit applicant will be contacted when the permit is ready. A permit fee must be paid at the time the permit is issued. House plans that were submitted for the plan review will be returned, and the applicant will receive two copies of the permit, one to post and one to submit to the appropriate building permitting agency.

Forms You Need

  • Soil Profile Analysis
  • Application to Install a New Private Sewage Treatment System or Significant Alterations to Existing System

Find both of these forms and the associated fees on the Forms and Fees page.

Finding a Sewage Treatment Professional

JCDHE licenses the individuals who design and install private on-site sewage treatment systems in the areas of Johnson County served by the Johnson County Environmental Sanitary Code.  JCDHE also licenses the disposal contractors, also known as pumpers, who pump and clean septic tanks and transport sewage to disposal sites. The licenses are renewed annually. These individuals are listed on this site for the convenience of system owners. JCDHE does not endorse any particular individual or company.

Resale of Property Containing a Sewage Treatment System

Another benefit of our program is the resale inspection. This is an inspection of the existing private sewage treatment system serving a residential property, which is required to be completed prior to a property being bought or sold. The buyer or seller may request the inspections. Find details of the program here.

 

Septic Systems

septic tankThe On-Site Sewage Treatment Systems Program protects the health and environment of Johnson County citizens by ensuring that on-site septic systems are properly designed and operated. The program inspects new residential and commercial on-site septic systems, existing commercial systems, and existing residential systems subject to property transactions. The program also investigates complaints about malfunctioning on-site septic systems.

Designers, Installers, and Pumpers

JCDHE licenses the individuals who design and install private on-site sewage treatment systems in the areas of Johnson County served by the Johnson County Environmental Sanitary Code.  JCDHE also licenses the disposal contractors, also known as pumpers, who pump and clean septic tanks and transport sewage to disposal sites. The licenses are renewed annually. These individuals are listed on this site for the convenience of system owners.  JCDHE does not endorse any particular individual or company.

Residential Systems

Approximately 23% of all homes in the United States are served by private sewage treatment systems. There are approximately 9,000 private sewage treatment systems in Johnson County. The Residential On-Site Program issues permits for private sewage treatment systems where property owners are not served by a public wastewater collection system.

A copy of the Johnson County Environmental Sanitary Code can be found on our Forms and Fees page

Resale Inspections

Another benefit of our program is the resale inspection. This is an inspection of the existing private sewage treatment system serving a residential property, which is required to be completed prior to a property being bought or sold. The buyer or seller may request the inspections.

Commercial/Industrial Systems

The Commercial/Industrial On-Site Program issues permits to install and operate non-residential septic systems where property owners are not served by a public wastewater collection system. There are about 400 entities subject to regulations under this program including businesses, government agencies, institutions, and others.

Maintaining Your System

Care of the septic system:

  • Have your tank pumped, by a licensed pumper, based on the size of the tank and the number of people in your home
  • After your initial pumping, work with the pumper to determine how often your tank should be pumped (usually every 3 to 5 years)
  • NEVER enter the septic tank as there could be dangerous gases
  • Inspect your lateral field and septic system area regularly
  • If repairs are needed, contact a licensed installer.  A permit from JCDHE will be required in most cases
  • Contact JCDHE prior to any building additions, fencing, decking, exterior buildings or alterations to your property

Conserve water:

  • Use your garbage disposal sparingly
  • Spread out water usage during the day
  • Spread out laudry during the week
  • Repair leaky faucets and valves
  • Use water conservation fixtures

Do not put these items down the drain or toilet:

  • Wet wipes- even flushable 
  • Bones
  • Motor oil
  • Pesticides
  • Poisons
  • Solvents
  • Tampons
  • Condoms
  • Degreasers
  • Chemicals
  • Paint
  • Sand
  • Glass
  • Metal
  • Kitty litter
  • Egg shells
  • Fats, Oils or Grease
  • Coffee grounds

Landscaping:

  • Do not park equipment or vehicles such as cars or motorhomes on the lateral field
  • Do not allow livestock onto the lateral field
  • Do not plant trees or vegetables on the lateral field
  • Direct downspouts and rainwater away from the lateral field

Upcoming Events

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October 8, 2016 | 8:00 am to 11:30 am

Household Hazardous Waste & Electronic Recycling Event

November 9, 2016 | 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Solid Waste Management Committee Meeting