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Septic Tanks in South Carolina

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


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