Environmental Health

Sewage System Permits & Inspection

The Zanesville-Muskingum County Health Department works to prevent disease transmission and protect the quality of surface and ground water by performing inspections, enforcing sewage regulations, and providing education to homeowners.

Sewage System Records 
We may have records of your sewage disposal system depending on the age of your house. To request a record, please email Tara Rock, Environmental Administrative Assistant, or call 454-9741 extension 221 with the following information:

1.    Address

2.    Date of construction of house OR installation of system

3.    Installer of system OR builder of the house

Purchasing or Building on a Lot?
HAVE THE SITE EVALUATED EARLY IN THE PROCESS. Call (740) 454-9741. Why? Not all lots provide enough space for sewage disposal.

If you are considering the placement of a manufactured home on your property, additional rules apply. Call the Ohio Manufactured Homes Commission: (614)734-6010 or email OMHC.Director@OMHC.state.oh.us.

OMHC Website

Sewage Treatment System Permit Application
To receive a permit, follow the steps listed below: 

1.    Site & Soil Evaluation

Contact a Certified Soil Scientist on the Consultants List.   The soil scientist will provide you with a site and soil evaluation for your property.  This information provides the basis for determining the feasibility of siting a sewage treatment system.

2.    System Design

A sewage treatment system must be installed by a registered sewage installer or the homeowner.  A list of currently registered sewage installers is available by contacting Tara Rock, Environmental Administrative Assistant, or call 454-9741 extension 221. Contact a registered sewage installer to design your sewage treatment system based on your site and soil evaluation.  An installer will typically complete a layout plan.  Some system designs will require the system owner to fill out an operations permit application and obtain an annual operations permit.

3.    Application for Site Review & Permit

Submit the Site and Soil Evaluation and the System Design to the health department along with the Application for Site Review and Sewage Treatment System Permit.  This application includes fees required for the site review and permit.  Verification of your address is also needed from the GIS office located at the Muskingum County Courthouse (3rd Floor).

4.    Plumbing Permit

Apply for a plumbing permit.  If you are not building immediately, you can still apply for a permit and pay the initial $50.00 application fee.

5.    Site Review

Once the Site and Soil Evaluation, System Design, and Applications are submitted, a sanitarian will conduct a site review. When the System Design is approved, the permit will be mailed to the individual who signed for the permit.  This permit is valid for one year from the date of approval.  The system may now be installed.

6.    Inspection & Approval

The Board of Health must inspect a completed installation or alteration. The registered installer must call the health department for an inspection before covering the system.  The registered installer must also provide an as-built record at the time of the inspection.  The Board of Health shall approve an installation or alteration upon the satisfactory completion of all work and documentation.

      7.   12 Month Inspection After Installation
            A sanitarian will inspect a sewage treatment system no later than twelve months after its installation to ensure the system is operating properly.

North of US Route 40: Matt Hemmer, RS or call 454-9741 extension 232
South of US Route 40: Ann Hollingsworth, RS or call 454-9741 extension 227


Real Estate Inspection Information
Real Estate Inspection Application

Contractor Resources
Sewage Treatment System Bond Forms: Installer
Sewage Treatment System Bond Forms: Service Provider
Sewage Treatment System Bond Forms: Septage Hauler

Resources and Links
Your Septic System A Reference Guide for Homeowners - New!
Statewide Interim Sewage Rules 7-2-07
ZMCHD Sewage Treatment System Rules 07-9-1
Abandoned Mine Locator
The Association of Ohio Pedologists
Ohio Department of Health Sewage Treatment Systems
Changes to Sewage Treatment Systems Law & Rules
Muskingum County Planning Commission
Power Outage and Sewage Treatment Systems
Alternative Leaching Trenches

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