Onsite Wastewater

Performing an inspection

The Onsite Wastewater Program is responsible for all permitting and inspecting activities that require a septic tank system for wastewater disposal while offering technical assistance to those designing septic and wastewater systems.

What is a septic system?

A septic system is a subsurface wastewater system consisting of a settling tank and a subsurface disposal field. Septic systems are used when sewage treatment plants are not accessible. They safely treat and dispose of wastewater produced in the bathroom, kitchen and laundry. Wastewater may contain disease-causing germs and pollutants that must be treated to protect human health and the environment. 

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What type of Residential Permit do I need?

Answer a few questions to determine which residential permit you need.

2024 Spring Onsite Wastewater Installer and Designer Workshop

Wake County's Onsite Water Protection Division invites you to join the “2024 Spring Onsite Wastewater Installer and Designer Workshop” on Tuesday, April 16, 2024, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at the Wake County Commons Building located at 4011 Carya Drive, Raleigh, NC. Parking at the Commons Building is free.

Representatives from Anua/Geoflow, Crumpler Plastic Pipe Inc. and American Manufacturing Company, Inc., will present at the workshop and/or perform product demonstrations as needed. The workshop is free and will be submitted to the North Carolina Registered Environmental Health Specialist Board for eight CE hours.

For additional information or questions, contact Jie Liu, Environmental Health Program Manager – Wastewater Management Wake County Health & Human Services/Onsite Water Protection at jie.liu@wake.gov or 919-856-7418.

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