Permit: Individual Sewage Disposal System

Approval must be obtained from the Division of Public and Behavioral Health to construct, alter or extend an individual sewage disposal system. This approval for new construction is required before any building permit may be issued for any structure which requires an individual sewage disposal system.

    Construction Permits

    Construction permits are valid for 1 year from the date of issue. A permit is considered void 12 months after the date of issuance if the proposed construction, alteration, or extension of the individual sewage disposal system is not completed within that period. A fee of $332 is required to extend a permit to construct an individual sewage disposal system for a 1-year period after the expiration date of the permit.

      Plan Review Requirements

      All application submittal packages must include the following:

      • Application for Individual Sewage Disposal System
      • Application fee
      • Percolation Test Data
      • Soil Profile Data
      • Local Building Department Approval *If required*
      • One (1) copy of design plan; with the following information [NAC 444.784 (3)]
        • (a) The title and date of the plan and the signature of the owner or his representative.
        • (b) A map of the area in which the system will be located that shows the location of the roads and streets,
        • (c) The location and distance to well and sewage systems on surrounding lots. If the lots are vacant, indicate,
        • (d) The direction of north clearly indicated.
        • (e) The distance within 500 feet to any watercourse indicated, including, without limitation, any pond, lagoon or stream. If there are no watercourses, the plot plan must so indicate,
        • (f) The location of each percolation test hole and boring test hole,
        • (g) The location and depth of each proposed and/or actual well located within 200’ of the proposed individual sewage disposal system. A well log must be included for any well located less than 150’ from the absorption field,
        • (h) Each component of the system, which must be properly marked and located at specified distances,
        • (i) The distance to city sewers. If there are none, the plot plan must so indicate,
        • (j) The distance of each well and soil absorption system to the property line.
        • (k) The scale to which the plan is drawn, such as 1 inch = 30 feet, 40 feet, 50 feet, 60 feet, etc.
        • (l) The number of bedrooms in the single-family dwelling,
        • (m) The capacity of the septic tank,
        • (n) The maximum slope across the absorption system area,
        • (o) The dimensions of the lot,
        • (p) The depth, length, width and spacing of any absorption trenches,
        • (q) The location of the water supply lines, building sewer lines and other underground utilities,
        • (r) The location of the structures, paved areas, driveways, trees and patios,
        • (s) The location of the source of water to be used by the system, including, without limitation, a well or other source approved by the administrative authority,
        • (t) The location of the reserve absorption area, which must be of a size not less than the size of the primary absorption area.

      Occupancy Permits

      The individual sewage disposal system must be inspected, and all additional requirements met (as-built plans and well logs submitted, etc.) before an occupancy permit will be issued. Please be aware this document is required to connect to utilities.

        Abandonment of Individual Sewage Disposal System

        The ISDS may be abandoned due to replacement, failure or connection to municipal sewer. If a septic system is being replaced, a permit must be obtained.

          If the property is being connected to municipal sewer, provide the health district with sewer connection paperwork along with the applicable receipts. The active ISDS permit must be closed before you can connect to the municipal sewer.


            • $498.00 For a permit to construct an individual sewage disposal system for a single-family dwelling, including a review of the plan for the system and an initial inspection of the system (Includes: primary treatment units, alternative treatment or engineered disposal system designs)
            • $124 for the resubmission or revision to a plan describe above or tank only replacements
            • $100 for reinspection of an individual sewage disposal system

            Payment of Fees

            Payments using the on-line system require an e-check or credit card. If unable to use the on-line system, the accepted payment types include: check or money order. Please make payable to the Division of Public and Behavioral Health (DPBH). All permits, annual and temporary submitted on paper and mailed must be accompanied by payment. DPBH does not accept credit cards over the phone.

            Fees paid will not be refunded for failure to obtain final approval or voluntary withdrawal.