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Onsite Sewage Treatment & Disposal System (OSTDS)
Downtown Service Center, 1300 West Gregory Street, Pensacola, FL 32501
Florida Department of Health in Escambia County’s (DOH-Escambia) Onsite Sewage Treatment & Disposal System (OSTDS) program issues over 1,000 septic permits every year. The governing authorities for this program are Florida Administrative Code 64E-6 (820.4kb; pdf) and Florida Statute 386.
New Septic Systems
Inspection and permitting is required to ensure that the system is:
- Adequately sized.
- Made of approved construction materials.
- Installed at the proper elevation.
- Installed at the proper depth and distance to the seasonal high water table, drinking water table and surface water.
“If building construction has commenced, the system construction permit shall be valid for an additional 90 days beyond the eighteen month expiration date.”
--64E-6.003 Permits, (2), Florida Administrative Code
Existing Septic Systems
Inspection and permitting is required for a modification to a home or business to assure that the system is:
- Not deteriorated or obstructed.
- Is functioning properly.
- Has the proper setback to drinking water and irrigation wells, groundwater, surface water, foundations, additions, property lines, ditches or swales.
Inspection and permitting is required for a repair to assure that the system repair design is:
- Adequately sized
- Made of approved construction materials
- Installed at the proper elevation
- Installed at the proper depth and distance to the seasonal high water table, drinking water table and surface water
“Repair permits shall be valid for 90 days from the date of issuance. However, if the system is maintained to not create a sanitary nuisance, a repair permit shall be extended for one 90 day period.” --64E-6.015 Permitting and Construction of Repairs, (5), Florida Administrative Code.
Inspection and permitting is required for an abandonment of a septic tank to assure that:
- The tank is properly pumped out and not able to hold water
- Crushed and completely filled in and covered with suitable soil
- Does not cause a sanitary nuisance or a potential hazard
“Whenever the use of an onsite sewage treatment and disposal system is discontinued following connection to a sanitary sewer, following condemnation or demolition or removal or destruction, of a building or property, or discontinuing the use of a septic tank and replacement with another septic tank, the system shall be abandoned within 90 days and any further use of the system for any purpose shall be prohibited.” --64E-6.011 Abandonment of Systems, Florida Administrative Code
Location & Contact Information
Downtown Service Center, 1300 West Gregory Street
The OSTDS office is open Monday - Friday from 8 AM to 4 PM. Call 850-595-6700 to file a complaint or for more information.