Septic Permit

Materials
To apply for a septic permit, provide the following:
  • Completed Septic Permit Application Form
  • Septic Declaration of Covenants Form signed by all owners and signatures notarized
  • $11.00 recording fee - cash or checks should be made payable to: County Clerk and Recorder
  • Permit fee of $170; we accept cash, checks or credit cards
  • One set of percolation test results and septic engineering prepared by a Colorado registered professional engineer; minimum requirements for percolation test reports:
    • Property owner’s name and mailing address
    • Location of property (legal description and physical address)
    • Location of maximum seasonal water table (if within 8 feet of the ground surface)
    • Location of bedrock (if within 8 feet of the ground surface)
  • Soil Classification:
    • Description of the types of soil encountered in the 8 foot boring
    • A boring log, description key and water table indication
    • The soil percolation rates of at least three test holes that can provide a field percolation rate, or indication that percolation rates are inside the range of 5-60 minutes per inch
  • Indication of the presence of unusual hazardous or mitigating geological conditions, which may necessitate further study prior to selecting the type of system most suitable for use on the property
  • Test hole location plan:
    • Location of soil identification hole and percolation test holes properly identified.
    • Location of existing or proposed buildings
    • Location of existing or proposed well
  • A brief opinion as to the suitability of the site for the construction of standard absorption field upon test results and other findings and any other comments or recommendations deemed appropriate
  • Plot plan showing the following:
    • Accurate boundary measurements
    • Accurate location of buildings proposed and existing
    • Proposed location of all components of individual sewage disposal system
    • Location of soil identification hole and percolation test holes, properly identified
    • Accurate location of streams, lakes, irrigation ditches, springs and other water courses or drainage areas on the property
    • Accurate location of existing or proposed wells and water lines
    • Area of land available for the proposed system
    • Accurate location of wells and individual sewage disposal systems on adjacent properties within 100 feet or common property lines only applicable if the proposed system will be within 100 feet of the same property line
  • Plan setting forth type and design of individual sewage disposal:
    • Type and design of system must be in compliance with current regulations in effect in Grand County pertaining to individual sewage disposal systems and all applicable Colorado laws pertaining to sewage treatment and/or disposal
    • System plan must include all pertinent sizes, dimensions, slopes and other pertinent design criteria
    • System plan must be accompanied by a declaration by the designer that:
      • The design is in compliance with all rules and regulations pertaining to individual sewage disposal systems currently in effect in Grand County
Any additional information as may be required by the Grand County Building Department. 

Issuance
Issuance of a septic permit shall not be deemed a representation that the proposed system will meet the needs of the applicant or that it will operate effectively on the applicant’s land. Proposed system plans are reviewed for compliance with regulations currently in effect only. The designer of the system accepts sole responsibility for its failure to function properly.

Declaration of Covenants
The Declaration of Covenants simply means that you must maintain the system so that the effluent from said system does not adversely affect the water quality in this county. The document also states that should a municipal disposal system (sewer line) ever be available – within 400 feet of the property line, you must hook up to the line and cease from using the individual sewage treatment system.

Tests & Surveys
As noted in the amendments to the codes, soils tests of property (suitable alternatives) are required for grades greater than 15%. Topographical maps at 2-foot intervals showing all grade cuts are also required. A certified survey or acceptable substitute (property or subdivision plat) showing property lines, easements, access, and internal road systems and unusual site characteristics is also required to be submitted.

Lot pins must be readily identifiable for inspection prior to footing inspection. Failure to comply could be cause for inspection rejection.