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Individual Sewage Disposal Systems (Residential Only)

General Information

In areas where public sewers are not available to carry human and household waste water to municipal wastewater treatment plants, individual sewage disposal systems (septic tank systems) provide the functions of both sewer collection and treatment plant.

It is the policy of the Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health to eliminate and prevent health and safety hazards by regulating proper planning, design, construction, operation and maintenance of individual residential and commercial sewage disposal systems. This is achieved through plan review issuance of permits and field surveillance as governed by regulations as set forth in the Nevada Revised Statute and Nevada Administrative Code 444.

    If you own a commercial property the application review and permit approval must be by the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection (NDEP). See link on our Partners page.


      Guide which answers high-level questions regarding the installation of a residential septic system.

      Process Guide, New Septic System Permit & Inspection

      • Apply and Pay
      • Submit Plans
      • Plan Review
      • State issues the permit
      • System is installed
      • Inspections
      • System Approval, Issuance of Occupancy Permit

      Training and Education

      Look at our Training and Education tab to learn more about constructing an individual sewage disposal system.