septic tank malfunctionThe Wastewater Management Program offers technical assistance to those designing septic and wastewater systems. Different types of septic systems have different maintenance requirements. For this reason, state rules have specific maintenance requirements for a number of these systems.

Do you own a septic system and have questions about maintenance? The Septic System Owner's Guide answers typical questions about septic systems, pumping schedules and recommended Maintenance Schedules. The Wake County Homeowner Septic System Maintenance Guide contains additional septic system information for homeowners.

Did you receive a postcard or letter from the Wake County Department of Environmental Services regarding inspection of your system? The Operation and Maintenance Requirements page contains additional information including monitoring forms and inspection templates.

Please click on the links below for additional information on the following topics:

Permitting questions? Please visit the Wake County Permit Portal.

Need help with the online permitting process? Please contact Environmental Services support staff at 919-856-7400 and select Option 8 to speak directly to a Plans and Permit Technician.

Do you have additional questions and need technical assistance regarding:

  • Engineered Option Permit
  • Soil Scientist Option Permit
  • Engineered Flow Reduction Permit
  • Accessory Structure Permit
  • Repair Permits

Please contact the Wastewater Information Specialist,, 919-856-7434