To determine which application is needed for a septic permit, the applicant must know in which ETJ, or extraterritorial jurisdiction, the site resides.

Please note: You should never disturb soil on the property until permits are approved.

  • Additions to Structures (swimming pools, garages, decks, storage buildings, etc.)

  • Recorded Lots in Municipalities

  • Recorded Lots in Wake County's Jurisdiction

  • Relocation Permits in Municipalities

  • Relocation Permits in Wake County's Jurisdiction

  • Unrecorded Lots in Municipalities

  • Unrecorded Lots in Wake County's Jurisdiction

  • Verifications

 

Additions to Structures In The Planning Jurisdiction of a Municipality

For those applicants who wish to add a swimming pool, garage, deck or non-bedroom room onto an existing structure, it may be necessary to locate the septic system to prevent damage to it.

  1. Submit a site plan showing:

    1. all corners and dimensions of the property to scale (1"=40, 50, 60, 100 ft.)

    2. the corners and dimensions of the proposed structure and all existing structures

    3. location of the driveway (and other proposed structures)

    4. two distances from opposing property lines to the proposed structure

  2. Submit the application package to the Wake County Environmental Services staff in Suite 101 of the Wake County Office Building (336 Fayetteville St. entrance)

  3. Complete an Improvement Permit Application (Septic System Application) for each site plan.

  4. Pay fees for the septic/well permits.

  5. Post the orange sign to help the staff locate the property.

  6. Stake and flag the corners of the structure and lot corners as indicated in the application package.

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Addition to Structures in the Planning Jurisdiction of Wake County

  1. Submit a complete site plan.

  2. Submit a Building Permit Application for each site plan to the Wake County Permitting Office staff in Suite 101 of the Wake County Office Building (336 Fayetteville St. entrance).

  3. Pay fees for the septic/well permits.

  4. Post the orange sign to help the staff locate the property.

  5. Stake and flag the corners of the structure and lot corners as indicated in the application package.

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New Construction on Recorded Lots in the Planning Jurisdiction of a Municipality

The applicant must first go to the zoning office in the city or town that has jurisdiction for the property and obtain zoning approval for the proposal. The municipal government office should sign and stamp the application to indicate that it meets its zoning requirements.

  1. The applicant must submit the zoning approved package to Wake County Environmental Services at Suite 101 of the Wake County Office Building (336 Fayetteville St. entrance). The site plan must include:

    1. all corners and dimensions of the property to scale (1"=40, 50, 60, 100 ft.)

    2. the corners and dimensions of the proposed structure

    3. location of the driveway (and other proposed structures)

    4. two distances from opposing property lines to the proposed structure

  2. Complete an Improvement Permit Application (Septic System Application) for each site plan.

  3. Pay fees for the septic/well permits.

  4. Post the orange sign to help the staff locate the property.

  5. Stake and flag the corners of the structure and lot corners as indicated in the application package.

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New Construction on Recorded Lots in Wake County's Jurisdiction

  1. Submit a complete site plan.

  2. Submit the application package to the Wake County Permitting Office in Suite 101 of the Wake County Office Building (336 Fayetteville St. entrance)

  3. Complete a Building Permit Application for each site plan.

  4. Pay fees for the septic/well permits.

  5. Post the orange sign to help the staff locate the property.

  6. Stake and flag the corners of the structure and lot corners as indicated in the application package.

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Relocation Permits in Municipalities

The applicant must first go to the zoning in the city or town that has jurisdiction for the property and obtain zoning approval for the proposal. The municipal government office should sign and stamp the application to indicate that it meets its zoning requirements.

  1. The applicant must submit the zoning approved package to Wake County Environmental Service at Suite 101 of the Wake County Office Building (336 Fayetteville St. entrance). The site plan must include:

    1. all corners and dimensions of the property to scale (1"=40, 50, 60, 100 ft.)

    2. the corners and dimensions of the proposed structure

    3. location of the driveway (and other proposed structures)

    4. two distances from opposing property lines to the proposed structure

  2. Complete an Improvement Permit Application (Septic System Application) for each site plan.

  3. Pay fees for the septic/well permits.

  4. Post the orange sign to help the staff locate the property.

  5. Stake and flag the corners of the structure and lot corners as indicated in the application package.

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Relocation Permits in Wake County's Jurisdiction

  1. Submit a complete site plan.

  2. Submit the application package to the Wake County Permitting Office in Suite 101 of the Wake County Office Building (336 Fayetteville St. entrance).

  3. Complete a Manufactured/Mobile Home Application for each site plan.

  4. Pay fees for the septic/well permits.

  5. Post the orange sign to help the staff locate the property.

  6. Stake and flag the corners of the structure and lot corners as indicated in the application package.

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Unrecorded Lots in Municipalities

  1. Applicant must submit a site plan to Environmental Services in Suite 101 of the Wake County Office Building (336 Fayetteville St. entrance). The site plan must include:

    1. all corners and dimensions of the property to scale (1"=40, 50, 60, 100 ft.)

    2. the corners and dimensions of the proposed structure

    3. location of the driveway (and other proposed structures)

    4. two distances from opposing property lines to the proposed structure

  2. Complete an Improvement Permit Application (Septic System Application) for each site plan.

  3. Pay fee for the septic/well permits.

  4. Post the orange sign to help the staff locate the property.

  5. Stake and flag the corners of the structure and lot corners as indicated in the application package.

  6. If approved, the property should be surveyed.

  7. Mylar maps should be brought to Environmental Services for signature.

  8. Maps may be recorded at the Register of Deeds Office.

  9. Once recorded, a final site plan of the lot will be returned to Environmental Services for final approval.

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Unrecorded Lots in Wake County's Jurisdiction

The applicant begins the process in the city or town which has jurisdiction for the property. Cities have jurisdiction for up to a mile outside of their city limits.

  1. Submit a site plan signed and stamped by the zoning office of jurisdiction of the property to Environmental Services Suite 101 of the Wake County Office Building (336 Fayetteville St. entrance) showing the following information:

    1. all corners and dimensions of the property to scale (1"= 40, 50, 60, 100 ft.)

    2. the corners and dimensions of the proposed structure

    3. location of the driveway (and other proposed structures)

    4. two distances from opposing property lines to the proposed structure

  2. Submit the application to the Wake County Permitting Office in Suite 101of the Wake County Office Building (336 Fayetteville St. entrance).

  3. Complete an Improvement Permit Application (Septic System Application) for each site plan.

  4. Pay fees for the septic well permits.

  5. Post the orange sign to help staff locate the property.

  6. Stake and flag the corners of the structure an lot corners as indicated in the application package.

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1 + 1 Verifications

A 1+1 verification is required to protect the original system and maintain repair area as designed on the original permit. (1+1)

If an application is submitted for an unrecorded lot which has an existing structure and septic system on that same parcel of land, Environmental Services will have to verify that enough land remains with the existing structure for the system, and for repair. Systems may not cross property lines, regardless of ownership. If an existing parcel is greater than 10 acres, verification is not required.

The Zoning Department in the property's ETJ makes the determination whether a verification is required.

 

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