Is a septic evaluation required to sell my property?
There is no state law or county ordinance requiring any private onsite wastewater treatment system (POWTS) to be evaluated before the sale of any property. However, it is often a requirement of the lending institution that will hold the mortgage for the buyer. The lending institution often resells the mortgage on the secondary market and a passing evaluation is usually required for a lending institution outside of the area to be interested in the mortgage.

In addition, often the new buyer will make an evaluation a condition of the purchase even if there is no lending institution. An evaluation provides some assurances that the system will not fail immediately after purchase. Replacing a failing POWTS is expensive.

Currently, there is no state law or county ordinance establishing the procedures to evaluate a system for the sale of property or establishing credentials for those qualified / able to evaluate systems in this situation.

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1. Are there any funds or grants available to help pay for replacing my failed system?
2. How do I get a sanitary permit to install a septic system for a new residence?
3. Is a septic evaluation required to sell my property?
4. Is maintenance required on my septic system?
5. What can I do to keep my septic system (mound, conventional, in-ground pressure or at-grade) working?
6. What can I plant or place over my septic system?
7. What do I need to do if I have a failing system that must be replaced?