Subsurface sewage treatment systems (SSTS) are commonly known as septic systems. The purpose of a septic system is to treat sewage from your household. Proper treatment of wastewater reduces health risks to humans and animals and prevents surface and groundwater contamination.
Beginning in 2001, Faribault County developed a plan for the upgrade of non-compliant septic systems in non-shoreland areas. The plan consisted of dividing up the county uniformly by section. This way contractors would be distributed evenly throughout the county in a given year. In doing this, it was determined that the county could install the number of systems needing to be upgraded over a 12 year period. For more information on this program click on Faribault County 12 Year Septic Plan.
With the exception of the following requirements, septic systems need to be in compliance by 2012 to conform with the Faribault County Zoning Ordinance and MPCA Chapter 7080 and 7081.
State statute was passed in 1994 which required the upgrade of all SSTS within shoreland areas.
ALL applications for a building permit must submit either a Certificate of Compliance or valid Inspection Form at the time an application is made. This also includes proof that the system has been maintained (pumped) within the last 3 years.
When selling property, the seller is required to provide information to the buyer regarding the status of the septic system on the property. A SSTS Property Transaction Form must be provided by the seller to the buyer at or before closing. If the existing SSTS is out of compliance, a septic system which meets existing ordinance requirements needs to be installed within 10 months of the date of the transaction.
Contact Planning and Zoning at (507) 526-2388 for further information on the County SSTS Program or click on the following links: