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Septic System Permitting

Florida Department of Health in Columbia County Environmental Health

  •   386-758-1058
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    Mailing Address

    217 NE Franklin Street 

    Lake City, FL 32055

New System Permitting 

A new septic system permit costs $425. This fee includes: the permit application fee, a detailed site evaluation and soil analysis to determine placement and sizing of the system, system construction specifications, and the installation and final connection inspections to ensure the septic system meets all applicable State Codes and required setbacks.

The owner of a property, or the owner's authorized agent (someone the property owner designates in writing) may apply for the system permit. Documents required to apply for the permit are:
  • a signed "Zoning and Flood Plain Notification" form
  • a detailed site plan showing all features of the property being developed, including all structures on the property, drainage features, proposed well and septic system locations, and distances to property lines, easements, and surface water bodies (if applicable).
  • a document showing property ownership, such as a property tax ID or a contract for deed or sale of the property.
  • an interior floor plan of the residence or building to be constructed or placed on the property, showing number of bedrooms, exterior dimensions of the structure and total heated and cooled square footage of the structure.

Repairs to Existing Systems 

A repair permit must be issued before a failed septic system can be repaired. This permit fee is $300. This fee includes: the permit application fee, a detailed site evaluation and soil analysis to determine placement and sizing of the replacement drainfield, system construction specifications, and the installation and final connection inspections to ensure the septic system meets all applicable State Codes and required setbacks.

A repair permit must be issued before a failed septic system can be repaired. This permit fee is $300. This fee includes: the permit application fee, a detailed site evaluation and soil analysis to determine placement and sizing of the replacement drainfield, system construction specifications, and the installation and final connection inspections to ensure the septic system meets all applicable State Codes and required setbacks.
  • a "pumpout certification letter" from a licensed septic tank pumper showing size and structural condition of the septic tank(s).
  • a detailed site plan showing all existing features of the property, including all structures on the property, drainage features, existing well and septic system locations, and distances to property lines, easements, and surface water bodies, if applicable.
  • a document showing property ownership, such as a property tax ID or a contract for deed or sale of the property.
  • an interior floor plan of the residence or building the failed septic system serves, showing number of bedrooms, exterior dimensions of the structure and total heated and cooled square footage of the structure.

Modification of Existing Systems 

When some types of building additions are constructed, such as adding a bedroom to an existing house, purchasing a larger mobile home, or addition of office space or changes in business practices, an existing septic system may no longer be able to process the increased amount of wastewater produced. The septic system must be modified, and a modification permit must be obtained. This permit fee is $320. This fee includes: the permit application fee, a detailed site evaluation and soil analysis to determine placement and sizing of the increased drainfield and new septic tank (if applicable), system construction specifications, and the installation and final connection inspections to ensure the septic system meets all applicable State Codes and required setbacks.

The owner of a property, or the owner's authorized agent (someone the property owner designates in writing) may apply for the system permit. Documents required to apply for the permit are:
  • a "pumpout certification letter" from a licensed septic tank pumper showing size and structural condition of the septic tank(s).
  • a detailed site plan showing all existing features of the property, including all structures on the property, drainage features, existing well and septic system locations, and distances to property lines, easements, and surface water bodies (if applicable).
  • a document showing property ownership, such as a property tax ID or a contract for deed or sale of the property.
  • an interior floor plan of the residence or building the existing septic system serves, showing number of bedrooms, exterior dimensions of the structure and total heated and cooled square footage of the structure, and a diagram of the addition to be built onto the existing building (if applicable).

For more information about the function of traditional or advanced wastewater treatment systems, or for any questions about caring for your septic system, contact us at (386) 758-1058.