On-Site Wastewater Systems

An on-site wastewater system includes the collection, treatment, and disposal of wastewater in single or multiple components. A person owning or controlling a residence, business, or a place of public assembly shall provide an approved wastewater system. Site evaluations, permitting, and inspections are required to insure compliance with the Law and Rules for Sewage Treatment and Disposal Systems.

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  1. Online Application Submittal

To submit a septic tank application, complete an onsite wastewater application below and submit upon completion. Once your application has been received, office personnel will be in contact to confirm receipt of your application and to discuss payment options. 

Onsite Wastewater Application (New)

Onsite Wastewater Application (Repair)

Onsite Wastewater Application (Existing System Use)

Onsite Wastewater Application (Conditional Recertification-Pool, Additions)

When submitting your onsite wastewater application a preliminary site plan is required.  A site plan includes the following: 

  • Lot lines with dimensions shown. 
  • All proposed structures (home, buildings, pool) with the distance measured from two sides of the structure to the property lines or lot corners.
  • Proposed driveways must be identified. 
  • Locations of any existing or proposed well, onsite wastewater systems, or   easements.  
  • Road name must be shown.

RICHMOND COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH FEES 2020-2021

New Onsite Wastewater Systems

  • Residential Improvement Permit $225.00
  • Residential Construction Authorization Permit $125.00
  • Commercial Improvement Permit $250.00
  • Commercial Construction Authorization Permit $150.00
  • Industrial Improvement Permit $350.00
  • Industrial Construction Authorization Permit $250.00
  • Site Revisiting Fee $25.00

**An additional $200 fee will apply to any tract of land requiring more than 8 hours of field work

Existing System Use

  • Re-evaluation (Change from Original plan or System w/ site visit) $100.00
  • Connection to an Existing System Permit $125.00

Repair Permits

  • Repair Permit $100.00
  1. Printable Applications & Rules

To submit a printable septic tank application, download and complete an onsite wastewater onsite application.  After completion, return all documents to Richmond County Health Department at 127 Caroline Street.  

When submitting your onsite wastewater application a preliminary site plan is required.  A site plan includes the following: 

  • Lot lines with dimensions shown. 
  • All proposed structures (home, buildings, pool) with the distance measured from two sides of the structure to the property lines or lot corners.
  • Proposed driveways must be identified. 
  • Locations of any existing or proposed well, onsite wastewater systems, or   easements.  
  • Road name must be shown.

Onsite Wastewater Application (New)

Onsite Wastewater Application (Repair)

Onsite Wastewater Application (Existing System Use)

Onsite Wastewater Application (Conditional Recertification-Pool, Addition)

Onsite Wastewater Rules


  1. Onsite Wastewater Owner Resources

Wastewater records can be viewed online using the onsite wastewater portal. If your record can not be located, you may request a copy from Richmond County Health Department, Environmental Health Section at 910-997-8320. It may be difficult to find the record of older structured homes prior to 1950.  To locate your system, you can also hire a private home inspector, installer, wastewater system operator, or wastewater consultant.

How do I know where my septic is located

Understanding and Protecting Your Septic System


  1. Resources