I can’t find my septic tank, can you help me?
We can perform a records search. Some useful information may be available.
Prior to 1959, requirements for onsite wastewater disposal were essentially non-existent or not enforced. Most homeowners installed wastewater drainage systems to their homes with the advent of plumbed potable water. For much of Davis County, this process began in the 1940’s.
From 1959 to 1974, the Utah Department of Health issued permits for new construction. Limited records are available from this time period. They are in paper form and sorted by city. We may be able to manually search through these records and attempt to match it to your property. Many of the addresses were listed vaguely, e.g. “x miles east of highway 89 in north Layton”. It was during this period that the county’s three sewer districts were created.
From 1975 to 2005, the Davis County Health Department issued permits for new construction. Limited records are available from this time period. The majority of these systems (99%) were connected to sewer as the county’s three sewer districts expanded. During this time period, all onsite wastewater systems were considered to be temporary only, until connection to sewer could be made. Record keeping was consistent with that philosophy.
From 2006 to the present, the Davis County Health Department has issued permits for the installation of any Onsite Wastewater System, the repair of Malfunctioning or Failing Systems, or the alteration of any existing Onsite Wastewater System. Detailed records should be available.
Can anybody else help me find my septic tank?
Some service providers and permitted septic pumpers will locate septic tanks. Their fees typically range from $80 to $300 for the location and exposure of a septic tank. Most will charge a higher fee if the tank is deeper than two feet. We maintain a list of State Certified Service Providers and Permitted Pumpers List.
If I am buying a home with a septic system, should I have it inspected?
Yes. The property may have a malfunctioning or failing system or an unapproved system. The owner of the property will be legally responsible for any required repairs or compliance. These costs can range from hundreds to tens of thousands of dollars. We highly recommend that potential buyers hire a State Certified Service Providers to perform an Onsite Wastewater System Review.
What if I just want information relating to any existing records?
An OWS Review application must be completed and submitted to our office. This will ensure that we provide information on the correct property, and documents to whom this information is released. Written copies of this information may require a GRAMA request.
What is a Malfunctioning or Failing System?
An Onsite Wastewater System that is not functioning in compliance with the Board of Health Wastewater Regulation and includes, but is not limited to, the following: systems that cause an illicit discharge to the waters of the state; systems that cause backflow into any portion of a building drainage system; systems that have overflow from any of their components; leaking or damaged tanks; systems discharging effluent that does not comply with applicable effluent discharge standards; absorption systems that have failed or filled in by solids, or are otherwise non-existent; absorption systems that seep or flow to the surface of the ground or through saturation into waters of the state.
What is an Unapproved System?
Any system installed or altered without a permit is an Unapproved System and we may not have any records of the system location or components.