Septic and Sewage Systems
Our goals: Reduce the risk of infectious diseases transmitted by improperly or inadequately treated sewage.
How we achieve our goals: Permitting, site evaluation, system design, installation inspections, operational inspections, soil surveys (disposal and replacement areas), lot splits, and subdivision review.
Please use the helpful links below as resources for household sewage treatment systems.
Who can do soil testing or evaluation work?
A soil evaluator or scientist who meets the Ohio Administrative Code Rule 3701-29-07 which requires individuals certified by the Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) or have an equivalent certification approved by the director of the Ohio Department of Health can do soils work. You can find a list of Ohio’s soil evaluators and scientists by clicking here.
Why do I need the property's soil evaluated?
Soil test results are used to determine the type and size of system needed for a specific house or building design on the property. It is a required part of designing the new system by identifying appropriate areas to be used for siting the system and future replacement areas.
Who can design a sewage system?
A designer must be capable of reviewing the soil evaluation, site conditions, information provided by the homeowner, and the rules to facilitate the choice of an appropriate, site specific STS and complete the STS design in compliance with paragraph (B) of the Ohio administrative Code Rule 3701-2-10. The system designer can be the soil evaluator / scientist, system installer, builder or the homeowner. There is no statewide list of system designers. It is recommended to work with your soil evaluator / soil scientist, system installer or our sanitarians for contacts of possible local system designers. For a list of system designers, please click here.
How do I contact Zoning and Building offices?
If the property is in the unincorporated parts of Madison County, contact the Madison County Building and Zoning Office at 1 N. Main Street, London, Ohio 43140, Phone: (740) 852-2833, Monday thru Friday from 8am to 4pm. If you are in a village or in London’s city limit’s, you will need to contact the local building and zoning officials listed on their websites:
Mount Sterling http://www.mtsterling.org/Zoning.html
Plain City https://www.plain-city.com/planning---zoningWest Jefferson www.westjeffersonohio.gov/building-zoning
Who do I contact with sewage system questions?
Contact any of our MCPH sanitarians with your questions or concerns. Landon McKenzie, RS, is our sanitarian overseeing the sewage treatment systems permits and inspection program can be reached at 740-852-3065 ext. 1518 Monday thru Friday from 8:30am to 4:30pm or by email firstname.lastname@example.org. If Landon is not available, one of our other sanitarians will assist you.
When do I need a permit to install a sewage system?
A permit is required for all new homes and businesses not connected to a public sanitary sewer system.
A permit is also required when an existing home’s system being altered or replaced. This includes replacing the leach lines, adding additional components such as a dozing tank, lift station, sand filter, additional leach lines to the existing system, or distribution box /switch box between leach fields or lines.
No permit is required to add or replace risers and a secure lid to the tank, replace pumps or motors of the existing system, or to uncover the access opening of the tank prior to pumping the tank.
Who can install a sewage system?
For a list of installers who work in Madison County, please click here.