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Onsite Sewage Programs

FDOH - Putnam Environmental Health Section

Program Description 

Onsite sewage treatment and disposal systems (OSTDS), commonly referred to as septic systems, are a safe and effective means of wastewater disposal for 30 percent of Florida's population. With an estimated 2.6 million systems in operation, Florida represents 12 percent of the United States' septic systems. Properly designed, constructed, and maintained systems protect Florida's ground water which provides 90 percent of Florida's drinking water. Permitting and inspection of OSTDS in Putnam County is handled by the Environmental Health Section at the Florida Department of Health in Putnam County.

Permits for OSTDS fall into two categories: Construction and Operating. Please contact the Environmental Health Section at the Florida Department of Health for information.

Links and Resources 

Environmental Health - Onsite Sewage Program

The above site contains information regarding the Florida Department of Health's Onsite Sewage Program. This site includes links to application forms, publications, maintenance entity and septic search, along with a link to 64E-6 Florida Administrative Code (F.A.C.).

Homebuyer's Guide to Septic Systems: If the home you are buying is on a septic system you should request an inspection and assessment of the system. By law, only a state-licensed septic tank contractor or plumber or a certified environmental health professional can inspect and assess your septic system. The evaluator must provide you a copy of the Department of Health Procedure for Voluntary Inspection and Assessment of Existing Systems and written notice of your right to request an evaluation based on all or part of the standards. Please see the Homebuyer's Guide to Septic Systems flyer for more information on this important topic.