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How to Apply for a Septic Permit
IMPORTANT! DO NOT SCRAPE OR DIG IN THE AREA OF THE PROPOSED LATERAL FIELD. CUTTING OR SCRAPING THE SOIL PRIOR TO INSPECTION COULD RENDER THE SITE USELESS FOR ON-SITE WASTE DISPOSAL.
Obtaining a septic permit is the first step towards your new home. These are the steps involved:
1. Be prepared to describe how to get to your site by knowing the names of roads, distances, and directions.
2. Place a cardboard or wooden sign at the side of the road where your driveway will begin. Print your name on the sign.
3. Stake the path of the driveway -- lead us to the home site with a path of stakes.
4. Stake the location and size of the home or mobile home.
5. We will need: a) The full name person requesting the permit; b) The current mailing address of person requesting the permit; c) A daytime phone number where they may be reached; d) The acreage of the lot; e) The number of bedrooms planned; f) Are you planning a basement? g) Are you planning to have basement plumbing?
6. You need to have the soil tested. Contact an Indiana licensed soil scientist to, at your expense, test the soil at your site and prepare a soil survey. There are five soil scientists serving Harrison County:
Jack Coulter, Paoli -- 812-723-2846 or toll free 800-881-0029
Jack Deal, Floyds Knobs -- 812-923-3769
Mark McClain, Fishers -- 765-212-7645 (SOIL)
John Robbins, Jr., Scottsburg -- 812-752-7160
Spencer G. Williams, Scottsburg -- 812-889-3524 or toll free 877-556-1557
7. Contact the septic installer of your choice (click here for a list of certified installers) and have them come lay out the septic system with flags or paint. Health Department personnel need to verify that there is adequate room on the lot for the home, driveway, septic system, outbuildings, etc.
8. You and your septic installer must fill out the 2-page Application for On-Site Sewage Disposal System Permit, available HERE. It must be returned to the Health Department before your septic permit can be issued.
9. Contact Danny Schroeder or Josh Purvis of the Environmental Health section of the Health Department at 738-3237, Option 3, between 8:00 and 9:00 a.m. weekdays. One of them will meet you or your installer at the site. If all is well, they will write up your septic permit. It may be picked up after the permit fee is paid.
THE FEE FOR A SEPTIC PERMIT IS $60.00. IT IS DUE AT THE TIME THE PERMIT IS ISSUED TO YOU.
After you get your septic permit, take it to the Planning and Zoning Commission , at 245 Atwood Street, Suite 215, in Corydon to apply for your building permit. Their phone number is 738-8927.