Septic Permits

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Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work to provide you with the best solutions for our services during the COVID-19 event.

To reduce person-to-person contact, Customer Service counter services will be suspended until further notice. Most of our services can be accessed online. Please call us at 425-339-5250 if you have further questions.

Submittals will be accepted online or by mail.

Current Turnaround Times

  • New On-site Sewage Disposal System Application: 9 Weeks
  • Building Construction Clearance Review:  6 Weeks


Designing and building an on-site sewage system (OSS) on your property can be a lengthy process. State and local rules and regulations require that you first hire a licensed professional who will evaluate your site, design a system, and complete the permit application process with our office.

The Snohomish Health District reviews septic system designs for single-family homes and small businesses (systems less than 3,500 gallons per day). The Washington Department of Health enforce regulations for larger sewage systems in Snohomish County.

Septic permit services

The Snohomish Health District provides professionals and residents in the county with the following septic permit services:

  • Certification and licensing of septic installers, pumpers and monitoring and maintenance specialists within Snohomish County
  • Complaint investigations and enforcement
  • Drain field repair designs for owner-occupied residences
  • Field and regulatory review of proposed on--site sewage disposal systems
  • Operational reports for existing systems
  • Technical assistance to the general public
  1. Process Steps
  2. Construction
  3. Septic Permit Fees

Septic permit process steps

  1. You must hire a septic system designer or professional engineer to evaluate your property. The licensed septic professional will submit your on-site sewage application and design to the Snohomish Health District
  2. A sanitarian from the Snohomish Health District will then review your property with the application and design to make sure they comply with state and local regulations
  3. If your design is not approved, you will receive a letter of explanation and may submit a redesign after addressing the outlying issues
  4. Once your design and application are approved, you will be mailed an application approval that will be valid for 2 years. You can renew the approval for an additional 2-year period from the system designer, with application and payment of a renewal fee, and review and approval from the Snohomish Health District)
  5. Hire a certified installer to request the permit be issued for installation.
  6. A designer must inspect the completed installation and submit an as-built to the Snohomish Health District
  7. A sanitarian from the Snohomish Health District will perform and approve a final inspection