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The Florida Department of Health works to protect, promote & improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county & community efforts.
- Program Transfer
- FAQ - Permitting
- Technical Review and Advisory Panel (TRAP)
- Rule Promulgation
- Report Unlawful Septic Contracting
- Septic Tank Contractor Enforcements
- Septic Tank Contractors
- Florida Water Management Inventory Project
- OSTDS Statistics
- Staff Directory
- Information for Septic System Owners and Buyers
Contact the Statewide Headquarters of the Onsite Sewage Program
NOTE: Effective July 1, 2021, DEP is responsible for implementing the Florida Statutes and regulations applicable to OSTDS. Under Florida's Clean Waterways Act of 2020, the county health department offices will continue to do the permitting and inspection for septic tanks; please continue to work with them for all of your permitting-related needs. Please email DEP with questions about ALL Forms, mailing addresses, and anything else related to the program.
For more information on COVID-19 and onsite sewage see: Onsite Sewage and COVID-19.
Onsite sewage treatment and disposal systems (OSTDS), commonly referred to as septic systems, are a safe and effective means of wastewater disposal for 30 percent of Florida’s population. With an estimated 2.6 million systems in operation, Florida represents 12 percent of the United States’ septic systems. Properly designed, constructed, and maintained systems protect Florida’s ground water which provides 90 percent of Florida’s drinking water. Permitting and inspection of OSTDS is handled by the Environmental Health Section of the Florida Department of Health in each county. If you have a question or concern about an issue that is located entirely within one county, versus statewide, please contact your Local County Health Department directly for the most prompt response.
For the Public
- *NEW* Information for Septic System Owners and Buyers
- How do I get a Construction Permit?
- What is the status of my permit?
- Springs Protection and Basin Management Action Plans (BMAPs)
- Find a Contractor
- Find a Maintenance Entity By County (50 kb pdf)
- Find a Maintenance Entity By Product Type (50 kb pdf)
- Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) - Benefits of Onsite Systems
- Sewer vs. Onsite White Paper (15 kb pdf)
- Changes to Rule 64E-6, F.A.C
- Report on Alternative Methods for the Treatment and Disposal of Septage (pdf <1mb)
- Land Application Prohibition Joint Letter
- 2008 Report on Range of Costs to Implement a Mandatory Statewide 5-year Septic Tank Inspection Program
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