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Service Permits

Environmental Health Services


To provide the following services, an annual service permit must be obtained from the county health department. DEP 4012, Application for Septage Disposal Service Permit, Temporary System Service Permit, Septage Treatment and Disposal Facility, Septic Tank Manufacturing Approval must be submitted with applicable fees to the county in which the business is located.
  • Septic tank manufacturers are persons constructing onsite wastewater treatment receptacles which include: septic tanks, graywater tanks, laundry tanks, grease interceptors, pump tanks, aerobic treatment unit tanks, tanks containing treatment media and stationary holding tanks. These receptacles shall be constructed of concrete, fiberglass, or polyethylene and must be approved for use by the department prior to being offered for sale or installed. The requirements for treatment receptacles and the list of documents that must be submitted to the department can be found in 62-6, Florida Administrative Code. Receptacle designs must be submitted to the Florida Department of Health, Onsite Sewage Programs for approval. For more information contact:

Florida Department of Environmental Protection
Division of Water Resource Management, Onsite Sewage Programs
2600 Blair Stone Road, MS 3596
Tallahassee, FL 32399
Phone:  850-245-4070

  • Septage Disposal Services (Septic Tank Pump Trucks) are persons authorized to clean or remove the contents from septic tanks, grease interceptors, privies, or other receptacles associated with an OSTDS. The septage removed from these receptacles must be disposed of at an approved treatment facility. The requirements and a list of equipment needed for septage disposal services can be found in 62-6, Florida Administrative Code.

  • Temporary Toilet Services are persons servicing portable restrooms, portable hand washing facilities and portable or stationary holding tanks. Waste collected from these facilities must be disposed of at an approved treatment facility. The requirements and a list of equipment needed for temporary toilet services can be found in 62-6, Florida Administrative Code.

To provide service to aerobic treatment units (ATU), an annual service permit must be obtained from the county health department. DEP 4066 Application for Maintenance Service Permit must be submitted with applicable fees to the county in which the business is located.

  • ATU Maintenance Entities are persons authorized by ATU manufacturers to provide service to the units. ATU owners are required to contract with a maintenance entity to provide service to their unit. The maintenance entity is required to service the ATU under contract at least two times per year. The requirements for ATU maintenance entities can be found in 62-6, Florida Administrative Code.

The county health department is required to complete an annual inspection of septic tank manufacturers, septage disposal facilities, septage stabilization and land application facilities, and temporary toilet facilities. The inspections are completed within three months of the permit renewal.

**Persons contracting or advertising to provide the following services must be a registered septic tank contractor or state licensed plumber:

  • Installation of an OSTDS.
  • Repair of an OSTDS.
  • Modification of an OSTDS.
  • Maintenance of an OSTDS.
  • Septic tank pumping and septage disposal services, excluding companies which only provide portable toilet or temporary holding tank services.
  • Abandonment of an OSTDS.

Please visit https://www.floridahealth.gov/statistics-and-data/eh-tracking-and-reporting/septic-tank-contractors.html to search for Florida registered septic tank contractors (updated daily) or https://www.myfloridalicense.com/wl11.asp?mode=0&SID= to search for licensed plumbers.

For more information on becoming a registered septic tank contractor in the State of Florida, please visit Septic Tank Contractor Registration | Florida Department of Environmental Protection.

To review septic tank contractor enforcements in the State of Florida, please visit https://www.floridahealth.gov/statistics-and-data/eh-tracking-and-reporting/septic-tank-contractor-enforcements.html.

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