Septic System

  1. New Septic System
  2. Existing Septic System

Once you have completed the OSSE you will continue to work with a licensed professional to apply for an On-Site Wastewater System (OWTS). A Septic System Contractor must possess a State of California Contractor’s license (Type A, B, C-36, or C-42) to construct, enlarge, alter, repair improve or replace an individual system.

A septic permit can be applied for by the parcel owner or a licensed contractor.

Submit an OWTS Application (see options below):

  • Option 1: Apply Online(The following is required to apply online: Professionals Contact Information, Site Plan showing proposed work, Septic Design Report for non-standard and treatment systems, Soils Evaluation Report, Agreement to Pay form.) Paying your fees is the last step of your online submittal, a link is provided that will take you to a 3rd party, Lexis Nexis. You will need the balance due and permit number to make your payment. NOTE: Septic Permits cannot be applied for online as Owner/Builder                                                                                                                                                                                
  • Option 2: Apply in-house at Nevada County Eric Rood Center; 950 Maidu Ave., Ste 170 - 1st Flr; Community Development Agency. (The following is required to apply in-house: Agreement to Pay form, 2 copies of Site Plan showing proposed work, 2 copies of Septic Design Report for non-standard and treatment systems, 2 copies of Soils Evaluation Report, payment made with check/cash/credit card/money order payment).    

OWTS setbacks

  • From Septic Tank to structures . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  . . . .  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5 ft
  • From Leach field and Leach field Repair Area to structures . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   8 ft
  • From OWTS to High Water Mark of Ponds, Steams, Rivers, ect.. . . . .  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .100 ft
  • From OWTS to Wells, Including Those on Neighboring Parcels . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 100 ft

For property line setbacks, please contact the Nevada County Planning Department or your local jurisdiction Planning Department. 

Septic Variance

If you wish to apply for a Septic Variance Request, please look through the Procedures for Applying for a Septic Variance prior to submitting the request. Necessary forms and fees can be found below.

Standard System Designs

Serial Crossover Detail - Standary Septic

Fees

OSSE Application Includes Application Fee, Review and Approval
$689.91
Standard Septic System Permit - Gravity Flow$593.07
Non-Standard Septic System Permit *Pressure Dose, Pumped, Deep Trench, Curtain Drain, Hi-Line, Capped$690.93
Non-Standard Treatment Septic System Permit *Sand Filter, *Geoflow, *Drip, *Mound, *Advantex, *Hoot, *Elgen, *Presby$788.79
Maintenance and Monitoring Annual Permit (Required for all systems marked with *)$97.86
Septic System Modification Permit$593.07
Septic Tank Replacement Only Permit$397.35
Septic Repair Permit$397.35
Septic Abandonment Permit$201.63
Septic Variance Request$391.44