What Is A Septic System Compliance Inspection?

Septic Compliance Inspections Zimmerman MN

Have you been advised that your septic system requires a Compliance Inspection? Are you wondering what that entails? In this part 1 of a 2 part Blog, we will cover what a septic system compliance inspection is, who is able to do the inspection, and what are COCs and NONs for your SSTS. The 2nd Blog in this 2 part series will discuss common reasons why your Zimmerman, MN home may be required to have a compliance inspection for the Sewage Treatment System on your property.


What Is A Compliance Inspection?

A septic system compliance inspection is an Evaluation, Investigation or Inspection conducted to issue a Certificate of Compliance (COC) or a Notice of Noncompliance (NON). These professional inspections are required throughout the State of Minnesota.

  1. It is meant to determine if an onsite sewage treatment system is a Threat to Public Health and Safety.
  2. Indicates if the Septic Tank is watertight below the correct operating depth.
  3. Indicates if there are other conditions that may impact public health of fail to protect groundwater. Conditions include Electrical Hazards and Faulty Sewage Tanks.
  4. Soil Boring for verification that the drainfield meets the required vertical separation distance according to state or local code.
  5. Shows if your sewer treatment system is compliant with operating permits or if any nitrogen practice is in place and operating.

 Certificates Of Compliance (COC)

A COC indicates that your Subsurface Sewage Treatment System (SSTS) is compliant with state regulations at the time of evaluation. This compliance certificate is valid for 3 years for an existing septic system.

Notice Of Noncompliance (NON)

A NON gives notice that your SSTS does not meet state requirements at the time it was inspected. There are 2 different designations for Noncompliance. The first NON is for Imminent Threat to Public Health or Safety. The second is for Failing to Protect Ground Water. Each NON must indicate a time frame to Repair, Replace or Upgrade your septic system to bring it up to state or local regulations.

 Who Can Do My Septic Compliance Inspection?

Septic Compliance Inspections must be conducted a person Certified by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA), an Advanced Inspector, or a local government employee registered by the MPCA. Brad Krotzer, owner of Custom Septic, Inc. (CSI) is a Licensed Septic System Inspector with more than 17 years of experience as a septic professional.

Contact Brad Krotzer at Custom Septic Inc. (CSI) for a Septic System Compliance Inspection for your Zimmerman, MN home. Brad has over 17 years of experience in the septic business and is licensed by the MPCA to perform inspections. Upon completion, he will issue a Certificate of Compliance (COC) or Noncompliance (NON).

State and local regulations require that each onsite sewage treatment system in Minnesota be in compliance. A faulty septic system can pose a Threat to Public Health and the Environment.


Custom Septic Inc. (CSI) is Licensed, Bonded and Insured. Serving the Twin Cities Metro area and Northern Minnesota.

Contact Custom Septic, Inc. (CSI) for a Free Estimate at 763-218-4769

Custom Septic Inc. (CSI) serves the Twin Cities and Northern Minnesota.