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Septic Permits

Prior to construction or re-construction of an on-site wastewater treatment and disposal system (septics), the owner is required to obtain a permit from the Environmental Health Office. The size of a system is determined by State Code based on factors such as soil type and the number of bedrooms in the house. In all cases a soil test known as a percolation test is needed to determine the length of drainfield. Tank size is determined by the number of bedrooms. All systems must receive prior approval and inspection before the system is completely installed.

On-Site wastewater treatment and disposal systems are a very common treatment option in the United States. About one-fourth of the total population is served by onsite wastewater systems, and about one-third of new construction employs this type of treatment. A conservative estimate is that anywhere from 10 to 30 percent of onsite systems are failing annually. Nationwide, this represents over 2.5 million malfunctions, resulting in more then 700 million gallons of improperly treated wastewater being discharged each day. Clean Water Act goals are not being met partly because of improperly operating onsite wastewater systems. New technologies are being applied to onsite systems, resulting in higher treatment levels, greater reliability, and more flexibility than ever before. The EPA has finally conceded that septic systems are viable, permanent solutions to wastewater treatment and disposal. Key to the success of a septic system is the analysis before installation and proper care of the system once in place. Both Carroll and Crawford Counties have enacted a Septic Contractor License program in an attempt to better educate those contractors installing systems, and to provide an enforcement tool in the event a contractor refuses to follow the regulations pertaining to septics.

Carroll County Ordinance #3 Environmental Health 
Iowa DNR Wastewater/Septic Web Site
EPA Small and Rural Wastewater Systems
National On-Site Wastewater Recycling Association
National Small Flows Clearing House

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    Environmental Health

    608 N. Court St. Suite B
    Carroll, Iowa 51401

    We are located downstairs from the Department of Human Services Office off Court St. OR next to the Carroll County Public Health/Home Care Aide Service/Veteran’s Affairs office off the alley between Court St. and Clark St. The alley entrance is ADA compliant.

    Phone: 712-792-9532
    Cell: 712-830-1018
    Fax: 712-792-9537

    Office Hours:
    Monday - Friday
    8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

    Our work often means we are not always in the office.  Please call before traveling to the office in Carroll.

    Carey Kersey

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    Septic System Permit Application

    Note: The Application form above is fill and print. You may fill out the form on-line, but you must print it, sign it and send it in to the address on the form.

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