Septic System Inspections in Minnesota
Many questions can come up when purchasing a new home or selling an old one. How is the foundation? Is the plumbing functioning correctly? Is the electric sound? The major question a homeowner needs to ask him/herself is: is my septic system compliant? Compliance inspections are required throughout Minnesota.
What Is A Compliance Inspection?
A compliance inspection is an evaluation, investigation, inspection or other such process conducted for the purpose of issuing a Certificate of Compliance (COC) or Notice of Non-compliance (NON).
What is the difference between a COC and a NON?
The COC certifies a system is in compliance with state requirements at the time of the inspection. The COC does not guarantee future hydraulic performance, especially if the use changes or the flow increases over the amounts used by the current occupants.
For an existing SSTS, the COC is valid for three years from the date of issuance. The NON gives notice a system fails to be in compliance with state requirements at the time of inspection. There are two types of failing designations, an Imminent Threat to Public Health or Safety and a Failing to Protect Ground water. The NON must also indicate the time frame for upgrade, repair, or replacement as set in the local ordinance. Most of the state will give you 10 months to bring the system up to compliance
When Are Compliance Inspections Required?
While state law does not require an inspection at property transfer, many Local Government Units (LGUs) have ordinances requiring this. LGUs are Counties, Townships, and Cities. The LGU may also require a compliance inspection when complaints are received, as part of area surveys, or for lot spills. Compliance inspections can also be required upon request by the purchaser of a property, the mortgage lender, or real estate agent.
Where do I find more information?
For additional information, please visit the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency website at:www.pca.state.mn.us/programs/ists/