Waste water, or sewage, is the spent water of a home, business or population. In many rural areas, the sewage is treated by means of a septic tank followed by a network of piping, gravel and soil known as an on-site sewage system. The Environmental Health Division is responsible for evaluating proposed building sites and issuing construction permits for sewage systems.
The Environmental Health Division plays a vital role in the planning of building sites. No municipality, township or other governing body shall issue a building permit for a premises requiring a sewage system before obtaining permission from the Health Officer.
The following program areas related to sewage systems are administered by the Environmental Health Division:
- Raw Land/Building Site Evaluations
- Replacement/Repair Sewage System Evaluations
- Sewage System Permitting
- Existing Sewage System Inspections
- Sewage System Installer Licensing
- Licensed Septic Installers updated 3/5/19
- Alternative Technology
If you have any specific questions regarding these services, or have an environmental health concern, please contact your nearest office location. Immediate concerns should be directed to (906) 482-7382, Monday thru Friday, 8:00am to 4:00pm (EST). Information on fees for environmental health services can be found in the Environmental Health Fee Schedule.