The environmental staff is qualified to conduct site evaluations for residential and commercial sub-surface sewage disposal systems, provide technical assistance during installation, and perform final inspection of completed systems. Qualified environmentalists also perform existing system evaluations and provide recommendations for repair and upgrades.
Soil Evaluations and Septic Systems
1. Information needed:
- Application (form provided): name, address, phone number, number of bedrooms in home, garbage disposal, basement.
- Drawing (page provided): house location, property lines, easements, utility/water lines, wells, sinkholes, proposed driveways, and any other items that may impact the location the septic system.
2. Site evaluation fee is $200, cash or checks made payable to the Mercer County Health Department.
3. Backhoe pits are required for the evaluation. It is the owner’s responsibility to ensure backhoe pits can be dug at the time of the site evaluation.
1. Septic system installation permit must be purchased before work on the system can begin. The fee is $250, cash or checks made payable to the Mercer County Health Department.
2. A drawing of the proposed system must be presented with permit request.
3. Indoor plumbing permit will not be issued until the septic system permit is obtained.
Final Approval of Septic System
1. 1.Final approval is issued once all components of the system are installed, including but not limited to: lagoon fence and/or backfill and installer’s affidavits.
2. Two inspections are given for each system. If the system cannot be finalized in those two inspections, a $100 fee will be charged for each additional inspection.
3. The certificate of occupancy granted by the Mercer County Building Inspector will not be given until all work is completed on the septic system.
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Soil Evaluation – $200
System Permit – $250
Existing System inspection – $100
Repair Permit – $100
Experimental System Permit – $350