Time of Transfer Information

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As of July 1, 2009, A building where a person resides, congregates, or is employed that is served by a private sewage disposal system shall have the sewage disposal system serving the building inspected prior to any transfer of ownership of the building. 

This page will help guide you through this process.

The inspections must be done by an inspector certified by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.  A current list of certified inspectors is available at the DNR website at: http://www.iowadnr.gov/Environmental-Protection/Water-Quality/Certification/Time-of-Transfer-Inspectors

There are times when an inspection is not required due to an authorized exemption.  Your Attorney should advise you whether these exemptions apply to your situation.  Click HERE to see a list of exemptions.

Some exemptions require forms or agreements that must be signed prior to the transfer of the property.  Click HERE for a Binding Agreement form that is used when weather prohibits the inspection from being preformed. 

There are also transfers where the seller and the buyer know that there will need to be a new septic system installed because there is no legal system serving the building.  Click HERE for a form to be used for a transfer where a new system is going to be installed. 

Some sites have buildings that are going to be demolished by a new owner.  Click HERE for a form to be used for a transfer where the building is going to be removed or demolished. 

Click here for the current Groundwater Hazard Statement, the form required to be filed with the Recorder's Office with the Time of Transfer Inspection statement or the Binding Agreement mentioned above if exempt. 

Click here for the Groundwater Hazard Statement form instructions. 

NOTE: in order for a septic system to be abandoned, you must: 1) have the tank pumped by a licensed tank pumper, AND ALSO 2) remove the tank OR collapse and fill the tank in place. 

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