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Sewage FAQ’s

Who does the State Statute affect?

When is a permit required?

Where do I get a permit?

What is the cost of a permit?

How long does the permit application process take? 


Is the soil test required before a system is repaired or a
new system constructed? 

Can a permit be denied?
Who does the State Statute affect?

1.Individuals constructing new homes, on lots less than three 
           acres that requires the installation of an on-site sewage
           system.
2.Individuals’ making major repairs to on—site sewage
           systems on lots less than three acres.
3.Individuals with failing sewage systems that create a
           nuisance or health hazard regardless of lot size.
4.Individuals who own property adjacent to lakes regulated by a
           Public Utility or the United States Army Corps of Engineers,
           regardless of size.
5.Individuals who perform soil evaluation, install, design or
           operate sewage systems
           For a current listing of Registered Onsite Wastewater
           Treatment (ROWT) Installers in Wayne County, click here. 

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When is a permit required?

1.A permit is required prior to the construction or major repair of a sewage system for
           single-family residences located on lots less than three acres in size.
2.A permit is required prior to the construction or major repair of a sewage system serving
           a facility other than a single-family residence, regardless of lot size. (examples:
           churches, commercial properties, more than one residence on one property deed, etc.)
3.A permit is required prior to the construction or major repair of a sewer system on any
           lot that is adjacent to a lake regulated by a Public Utility or the United States Army
           Corps of Engineers.
4.A permit is required regardless of lot size when, during a compliant investigation, a
           home is found to be in violation of ROMs 701.025 through 701.059. Under the complaint
           procedure, a permit would be required for either a new installation or for a major repair
           to the existing system.
           Click here for more information, from the Department of Health and Senior Services. 

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Where do I get a permit?

Permit and application information can be obtained from any District office of the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) or from the Central office in Jefferson City at (573) 751-6095. You may also print an application and instructions by clicking the links.

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What is the cost of a permit?

A permit cost $90.00 to Fee Receipts in Jefferson City. 
You may also print a fee application by clicking the link. 

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How long does the permit application process take?

Depending upon availability the DHSS will get to it as soon as possible.

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Is the soil test required before a system is repaired or a new system constructed?

Yes. A soil morphology report is an essential port of the system design However, if a morphology report exists from a prior installation, as long as it is in the same area as the repair, it may be used.  You may find a current listing of Registered Onsite Soil Evaluators in Wayne County here.  


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Can a permit be denied?

Yes. If a system in inappropriately designed, will not fit the lot it was designed for, or it is evident that an on-site system will create a health hazard, a permit can be denied. If such an event occurs, the homeowner will be directed to the appropriate state agency that can provide assistance. DHSS District offices will lend technical assistance where needed to help coordinate between other state agencies and the homeowner.















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