Western UP Health Department

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PLEASE NOTE: Our field season is now over & will resume in the Spring of 2023. However, we will be accepting applications throughout the winter months and will schedule appointments in the order in which received. If you have a well or septic emergency, contact our office directly.

After a site evaluation deems a parcel suitable for a new or replacement sewage system, the next step is to apply for a septic system permit. Once a complete application has been submitted, approved, and the appropriate fees paid, construction of the system can begin.

After a septic system is completed, the installer will contact the health department to initiate a final inspection. A sanitarian will visit the site and inspect the installation of the system, assuring that it was installed according to the permit requirements. After the system has been given final approval by a sanitarian, an approved tag is provided and the system can then be covered.

Below are resources to assist you in applying for a septic permit:


Onsite Sewage Program Fee Schedule

Residential Sewage Permit Application

Superior Environmental Health Code

Superior Environmental Health Code Technical Manual

Variance Request Form

Affidavit & As-Build Drawing