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Onsite Sewage Treatment & Disposal System (OSTDS)

Environmental Health

  •  407-742-8606
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    Fax

    407-742-8601
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    Mailing Address

    1 Courthouse Square Suite 1200 Kissimmee, FL 34741 

     

     

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.  The governing authorities for this program are Florida Administrative Code 64E-6 (820.4kb; pdf) and Florida Statute 386.

Forms:
Download the Septic System Applications under the Applications/Forms Tab.

New Septic Systems
Inspection and permitting is required to ensure that the system is:

  • Adequately sized.
  • Made of approved construction materials.
  • Installed at the proper elevation.
  • Installed at the proper depth and distance to the seasonal high water table, drinking water table and surface water.
If building construction has commenced, the system construction permit shall be valid for an additional 90 days beyond the eighteen month expiration date.
--64E-6.003 Permits, (2), Florida Administrative Code

Existing Septic Systems
Inspection and permitting is required for a modification to a home or business to assure that the system is:

Repairs
Inspection and permitting is required for a repair to assure that the system repair design is:
  • Adequately sized
  • Made of approved construction materials
  • Installed at the proper elevation
  • Installed at the proper depth and distance to the seasonal high water table, drinking water table and surface water
Repair permits shall be valid for 90 days from the date of issuance. However, if the system is maintained to not create a sanitary nuisance, a repair permit shall be extended for one 90 day period.” 64E-6.015(5) Permitting and Construction of Repairs, Florida Administrative Code.

Abandonments
Inspection and permitting is required for an abandonment of a septic tank to assure that:
  • The tank is properly pumped out and not able to hold water
  • Crushed and completely filled in and covered with suitable soil
  • Does not cause a sanitary nuisance or a potential hazard
Whenever the use of an onsite sewage treatment and disposal system is discontinued following connection to a sanitary sewer, following condemnation or demolition or removal or destruction, of a building or property, or discontinuing the use of a septic tank and replacement with another septic tank, the system shall be abandoned within 90 days and any further use of the system for any purpose shall be prohibited.” --64E-6.011 Abandonment of Systems, Florida Administrative Code