Septic Systems: permitting, re-certifications and how to care for your system.

Septic systems- also known as individual onsite waste water disposal systems are permitted and inspected by TCHD in accordance with Regulation #12 Wastewater Disposal. Below is information for permits for new systems, re- certification of an existing system and how to care for your septic system. Septic systems are used by homes that are not able to connect to municipal wastewater treatment (sewer) systems.

New Septic Systems:

A permit for a new system will be issued once the following items are received and approved:

  1. copy of the soil percolation test results
  2. a plot map of the property showing property lines, where home and septic tank will be located and where well will be located  if applicable (must have 100 foot radius protection)
  3. copy of the septic system design completed by a certified septic system designer
  4. completed application
  5. pay applicable fee

Applications and fees.

Property Map Requirements, Perc Testers, Septic System Designers, Well Drillers


Septic system re-certifications are often required by mortgage lenders during real estate transactions. The following items are required before an inspection will be scheduled:

  1. provide evidence from a septic pumping company that your tank has been pumped with in the last 5 years
  2. complete the Application for Re-certification for Well/Septic System
  3. pay applicable  fee

Existing systems:

Read A Homeowner’s guide to Septic Systems published by the Environmental Protection Agency for information on how to care for your system.

How Your Septic System Woks

How To Care For Your Septic System

How Your Septic System Can Affect Nearby Water Sources


The Tooele County Health Department held an informational meeting on the recent septic system density study conducted in the Tooele Valley (Erda) area.  The meeting was held on Tuesday, May 10, at 7:00 PM  at the Tooele County Health Department (TCHD).  The public was invited to come and learn about the details in the Septic Tank Density Study performed by Hansen, Allen, and Luce Engineering Firm and ask questions or provide comment.  Click on the attachment below to view the study presentation.  For further information, contact the TCHD Environmental Office at 435-277-2440 or email our office at

Click here to view the study Tooele County – Septic Density Study – FINAL (00000002)

Call (435) 277-2440 or email us at if you have questions or to see if we have record of where your septic system is located.




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Tooele County Health Department

151 North Main Street
Tooele, Utah 84074
(435) 277-2300

Monday-Thursday 8am - 6pm
Friday 8 am to noon
Closed holidays.

920 East Wendover Boulevard, Wendover Utah 84083
P.O Box 554
Call (435)277-2326 or 277-2327 for available services and hours.

To report an emergency after hours call (435) 882-5600.