Septic Permitting Information

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Onsite Waste Water Treatment Systems (better known as Septic Systems) Permitting Page

Permits for a new septic system or to renovate the soil treatment part of an existing septic system are required from Health & Sanitation Services.

The process of obtaining a permit begins with the On-line septic permitting application. This Permit application is filled out on-line and filed with Health & Sanitation Services accompanied with the proper fee. The fee schedule for Septic Permits is normally $200 if a percolation test is required, or $125 if no percolation test is required. (NOTE: fee change as of 7/1/12)

The next step in the permit process is to prepare for a percolation (perc) test (if required). The Perc Test Help Sheet gives you information needed to prepare the site properly for an accurate test result. Once the site is prepared, you can schedule an appointment with the Sanitarian to conduct the test

The results of the perc test will give the Sanitarian the necessary information to issue a permit for your new system.

Click here for the current Health & Sanitation Ordinance The Boone County ordinance incorporates the State of Iowa Chapter 69 regulations for septic system without additional restrictions.

Contractors Reference Lists are available by clicking on the links below.  These lists are not recommendations, but a referral list of contractors who attend training sponsored by the Health & Sanitation Department and are familiar with the Boone County permitting process and procedures. 


   Click HERE for the 2017 Contractors Reference List.