Who Needs One?
What Information Must I Provide?
How Will My Application be Processed?
What Fees are Required?
What are My Responsibilities After the Permit is Issued?
What are the Division's Responsibilities After the Permit is Issued?
Whom do I contact for assistance?
Any individual or property owner who desires to have a subsurface sewage disposal (septic) system installed on their property or requiring repair to an existing faulty system must get a Septic System Construction Permit.
NEW – Apply online for Ground Water Protection Services.
Applicants must submit the following information:
» "Application for Ground Water Protection Services" form (Form CN-0971). The application includes the following information: the landowner name and address, location of the lot or site, size of lot, number of occupants, number of bedrooms, water use amounts, whether there is an excavated basement, whether there are basement plumbing fixtures, whether house and lot are staked, and name of installer (if known).
» A rough sketch of the property lines, house site, well location, spring location, planned driveway and utilities as well as directions to the site.
» Soils maps by a soil scientist (if required) and system design by a licensed engineer for large conventional or alternative systems.
Completed application forms and application fees should be sent to the Division of Groundwater Protection at the local county office. A detailed review of the application is conducted, and the applicant is notified when the review is complete. The review process generally takes 10 days and must be completed within 45 days of the date the application was submitted.
|New Conventional or Large Diameter Gravelless Pipe SSDS Permit||$400 up to 1000 gallons per day design flow
$100 for each additional 1000 gpd flow
|New Conventional or Large Diameter Gravelless Pipe SSDS Construction Inspection||$100|
|New Alternative SSDS Permit||$500 up to 1000 gallons per day design flow
$150 for each additional 1000 gpd flow
|Alternative SSDS Construction Inspection||$200|
|Experimental SSDS Permit||$500|
|Repair Permit||No permit fee|
|Repair Construction Inspection||$100|
The applicant has the right to proceed with activities outlined in the approved permit. They must notify the Department of any changes to application information. The applicant is responsible for following all applicable state statutes and regulations. The applicant or SSDS installer must notify the Division when a system has been installed so that it can be inspected and approved. Applicants have the right to appeal a permit that has been denied, suspended or revoked.
The Division inspects each SSDS installation to ensure that it was installed in accordance with permit conditions and regulatory requirements. The Division has the right to revoke, suspend, or deny the issuance of a permit to any applicant who violates the state statutes or departmental regulations. Any person who violates or fails to comply with the state statutes, rules, or regulations may be subject to civil penalties.
Applicants may obtain applications and information from the Tennessee Division of Water Resources.