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Building Site Evaluation & Existing System Inspections

To protect, promote and improve the health of our community

Kentucky’s Onsite Wastewater Program is administered through local health departments and begins with the use of onsite evaluations to determine if building site and soil conditions are suitable for onsite wastewater systems. The Health Department’s certified inspectors perform site evaluations and inspections in Madison County. See Guideliness for Sewage, Plumbing, and Building Permits. 

Onsite sewage disposal system refers to a septic tank or subsurface drainage system for the purpose of treating or disposing of waste water and human waste.  The minimum lot size for an onsite system is one (1) acre.  No one may install an onsite sewage disposal system without obtaining approval from the Health Department. 

Potential homeowners or site developers must request a Site Evaluation to determine if a building site is suitable for onsite sewage disposal.  Only certified installers may install onsite sewage disposal systems unless a homeowner who wishes to install his or her own system obtains a homeowner’s permit. Click here to download a Site Evaluation Form.

For a list of fees and more information about the onsite sewage program, please contact Environmental Services at 859-626-4249. We are open Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 

To register a complaint regarding a septic system, septic system installer, or septic tank pumper please contact the Health Department’s Environmental Services at 859-626-4249.

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After Hours, for Public Health and Environmental Emergencies Only, call 859-623-7312, option 8