The Coastal Health District of Georgia serves the counties of Bryan, Camden, Chatham, Effingham, Glynn, Liberty, Long & McIntosh

On-Site Sewage Management/Septic Tank Permits

Many of our coastal communities are growing very quickly and in areas where county/city water and sewer facilities may not reach. Environmental Health’s job is to make sure that on site-sewage management systems are installed properly and in the right area to minimize health problems related to untreated human sewage. We investigate complaints and inspect repairs made to improperly functioning on-site sewage management systems. We also permit and monitor sewage pump trucks.
On-site Sewage Management Certification- is required for anyone engaged in the construction, repair or pumping of on-site sewage management systems.
The Georgia Department of Public Health Wastewater Rules and Regulations can be found by clicking HERE.
For more information contact your county Environmental Health Office

To Get a Septic Tank Permit
Obtain zoning clearance from your local Building Department or Planning and Zoning office. Submit zoning clearance and a site plan along with the septic tank permit application to your county Environmental Health Office.

Subdivision Development/Review
Development has become a growing business along the coast. To develop a subdivision using individual septic tanks and/or wells you need to contact your local Building Department or Planning and Zoning office. Environmental Health will need to review your plans and also collect appropriate fees. Contact your individual county Environmental Health Office for process requirements.

Study Guides
Study guides are available for individuals seeking certification to install, inspect, pump septic tanks, maintain or repair on-site sewage management systems. Click HERE for more information.

Be Septic Smart

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Simple tips for homeowners:

EPA’s SepticSmart program educates homeowners about proper septic system care and maintenance all year long. In addition, it serves as an online resource for industry practitioners, local governments and community organizations, providing access to tools to educate clients and residents.

For information on how to properly maintain your septic system, visit www.epa.gov/septicsmart.