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Information for Septic System Owners and Buyers

Contact the Statewide Headquarters of the Onsite Sewage Program

  •  850-245-4250



    Mailing Address

    Bureau of Environmental Health, Onsite Sewage Programs 

    4052 Bald Cypress Way, Bin A-08 

    Tallahassee, FL 32399-1710 


For Septic System Owners 

If you are like most property owners, you might not think much about the sewage that goes down your drains. But if you own a car and understand the importance of preventative maintenance (like changing your oil), you will understand how maintaining your septic system saves money and prevents headaches. See below for guides on septic system maintenance.

2020 Septic System Owner's Guide (pdf<2mb, opens in new window)
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Caring For Your Septic System Fact Sheet – Brochure (pdf<2mb, opens in new window)


For Homebuyers 

If the home you are buying is on a septic system, you should request a voluntary inspection and assessment of the system. See more details below.

Homebuyer's Guide to Septic Systems (pdf<2mb, opens in new window)