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Operating Permits

Environmental Health Services

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The Onsite Sewage Program has moved to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection

NOTE: Effective July 1, 2021, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is responsible for implementing the Florida Statutes and regulations applicable to OSTDS. Under Florida's Clean Waterways Act of 2020, the county health department offices will continue to do the permitting and inspection for septic tanks; please continue to work with them for all of your permitting-related needs. If you have questions, please contact

Onsite sewage treatment and disposal systems, commonly referred to as septic systems, are a safe and effective means of wastewater disposal for 30 percent of Florida’s population. The OSTDS program ensures that the OSTDS is properly designed, constructed, and maintained through permitting and inspection and contributes to safe ground water, which provides 90 percent of Florida’s drinking water.

The governing authorities for this program and all forms can be found at

OSTDS Operating Permits (only applies to counties that use operating permits):

Operating permits are required for aerobic treatment units (ATU), performance based treatments systems (PBTS), commercial septic systems, and industrial or manufacturing zoned (or equivalent) septic systems.

Due to the large number of Operating Permits in Brevard County, our office conducts routine inspections daily from approximately 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday through Friday (excluding holidays). Please contact the Florida Department of Health in Brevard County if you are the owner of a property with an Operating Permit and there is limited access to your septic system so arrangements can be made for annual inspections.

Florida Department of Health in Brevard County Operating Permit Program contacts: