Permit Portal

NEW – Wastewater Permit Application Process Updates

Customers seeking a wastewater 
permit can now submit a building permit application prior to defining the final building footprint by incorporating a Building Envelope on the preliminary site plan associated with the building permit application. Builders are encouraged to identify a Building Envelope large enough to cover multiple potential building plans (including deck, stairs, etc.). To learn more about the updated wastewater permit process and permit options available to customers, please see the links below:

Onsite Wastewater Program

The Onsite Wastewater Program is responsible for all permitting and inspecting activities that require a septic tank system for wastewater disposal while offering technical assistance to those designing septic and wastewater systems. For commercial systems, please visit Wastewater Management webpage.

What is a septic tank system?

A "septic tank system" is a subsurface wastewater system consisting of a settling tank and a subsurface disposal field. Septic systems are used when sewage treatment plants are not accessible. They safely treat and dispose of wastewaters produced in the bathroom, kitchen and laundry. These wastewaters may contain disease-causing germs and pollutants that must be treated to protect human health and the environment. 

  • Do you need assistance with applying for a permit?
  • Do you need to schedule a system installation inspection?
  • Is your wastewater system malfunctioning and you need a repair permit issued?

Please contact Environmental Services support staff at 919-856-7400.

Please click on the links below for information on:

Do you have additional questions or need technical support regarding residential onsite wastewater systems and design? 

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