Septic, Sewage, and Well Applications

Obtaining Private Sector Services.

Effective August 11, 2019

Owners were previously required to submit onsite sewage system evaluations and designs from properly licensed private sector individuals for applications that are for:

  • A non-residential sewage system.
  • A system that will use over 1,000 gallons per day.
  • An alternative system.
  • An onsite sewage system design that requires a professional engineer.
  • Certification letters.
  • Voluntary upgrades permits.
  • Subdivision reviews.
  • Properties that are not intended to serve as the owner(s)’ principal place of residence.

Beginning August 11, 2019, all applications for onsite sewage systems and/or private wells must be accompanied by supporting work from a private sector consultant who is properly licensed to do such work through the Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation (DPOR). Only owners that submit a petition for services and meet i) means testing requirements (household income does not exceed 100% of federal poverty guidelines), or ii) a hardship contained in the Virginia Department of Health’s Hardship Guidelines, will be eligible to receive evaluation and design services from the Virginia Department of Health.

Poverty Guidelines

Persons in Household 100% Federal Poverty Guidelines
1 $14,580
2 $19,720
3 $24,860
4 $30,000
5 $35,140
6 $40,280
7 $45,420
8 $50,560

For help finding a private sector designer visit Service Provider Website

Septic and Well Application 8 11 19

Petition for VDH Services Form

Onsite Sewage Forms

Application Fees