to the Public
All new septic systems must be permitted through Environmental
Control before construction. The first step in acquiring a permit for
an On-Site Sewer Facility (OSSF) system is to contact a septic installer
that is licensed with the State of Texas. They will be able to assist
you in getting the required paperwork to submit for an OSSF permit.
The following information will be needed in order to submit
- Site plan, site evaluation, and soil analysis results from a Professional
Engineer or Sanitarian showing a facility can be installed on the
property which meets the requirements of the Texas Natural Resources
Conservation Commission's "Construction Standards".
- Legal description of the property, which includes name of the subdivision,
street name, unit number, lot number and block number, or abstract
and tract numbers.
- Map and/or directions to property.
- Type of development such as residential or commercial. If residential,
give number of bedrooms and square feet of living area.
- Signed two year maintenance contract
- An Affidavit to the Public that has been filled out, signed, and
recorded at the County Clerk's office.
A final inspection of the facility is required. At the time of inspection
the installer should have: tanks in place, drain field constructed,
pipe and gravel connected and grouted, houseline connected to tank,
an instrument set up, suitable backfill material on site (if required).
This office must be contacted at least the day before an inspection
After the final inspection and approval of the facility, the owner
of the property will be issued a New Installation Certificate.
A copy of Jefferson County's Order pertaining to maintenance requirements
can be found under Rules and Regulations.
Ongoing service contracts are required for systems that use secondary
treatment, drip irrigation, and surface application disposal. It is
the responsibility of the homeowner to have a service contract for the
life of the system. Initial contracts are for a two-year period. Subsequent
contracts must be renewed 30 days prior to expiration of the current
contract. The contract requires that your maintenance provider perform
a site visit once every 4 months. Failure to hold or renew your contract
can result in legal action against the property owner as allowed by
At a minimum, your contracted maintenance company must:
- Inspect components of the system and note whether or not every component
is working during each site visit;
- Submit a report to the permitting authority and owner at least once
every four months. All test results and maintenance reports shall
be sent to the permitting authority within 14 days after the test
- Install a maintenance tag, or some other form of identification,
on the system at the beginning of each maintenance contract. This
tag shall either be punched or marked at the time of each visit to
provide the owner with a record of the visit.
- Respond to owner complaints.