Examples of Local Septic Tank Ordinances
South Carolina Examples
- Isle of Palms, South Carolina - This ordinance requires septic tank inspections prior to sale of real estate interest. It also requires septic tank access manholes for new septic tank installations and established a city-sponsored homeowner information program.
- Folly Beach, South Carolina - In this 2005 ordinance, Folly Beach required baseline inspections of septic tanks whenever property is sold, renovated, or up for a change in occupancy.
Ordinances Developed by Communities in the Southeastern U.S.
- Berkeley Lake, Georgia - This town requires septic tank inspections every five years, a repair deadline of 90 days, and centrally-maintained records (See Chapter 58, Septic Systems).
- Nags Head, North Carolina - This city’s voluntary Septic Health Initiative includes education, inspection and pumping (at no cost to property owners), water quality monitoring, and a decentralized management plan.
- Southern Shores, North Carolina - This town’s ordinance sets a limit on the number of bedrooms and occupants for the design adequacy of the septic system.
Ordinances Developed by Communities in Other Regions
- Washtenaw County, Michigan - This town requires inspection at time of property transfer.
- Aitkin County, Minnesota (pdf) - This ordinance covers the permitting of new systems and the inspection of existing systems.
- State of Massachusetts Guidance for the inspection of On-site Sewage Disposal Systems - This document is intended to provide guidance to both the homeowner and the inspector for evaluating the adequacy of existing on-site sewage disposal systems.
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