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Onsite Sewage and Disposal

Florida Department of Health in Washington County

Program Description

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.

Permits for OSTDS fall into two categories: Construction and Operating. Please contact the Environmental Health Section at the Florida Department of Health in Washington County for information.

Please submit the following forms along with a legal description of the property where the system will be installed that includes the property dimensions and a floor plan showing the outside dimensions of the structure.  Non-residential establishments shall submit a floor plan drawn to scale showing the square footage of the establishment, all plumbing drains and fixture types, and any other features necessary to determine the composition and quantity of wastewater to be generated.

An approved Land Use Certificate (obtained from Washington County Building Department) will need to be submitted with all new and existing onsite treatment systems applications.  This form will not be needed for repair applications.


Environmental Health - Onsite Sewage Program

The above site contains information regarding the Florida Department of Health's Onsite Sewage Program, along with a link to 64E-6 Florida Administrative Code (F.A.C.).