Eau Claire City-County Health Department. An accredited Health Department by the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) - Advancing public health performance.

Sanitary Permits

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Required Before:

  • County Building Permits
  • County Land Use Permits
  • Town Building Permits
  • Any work done to replace a failed septic System
Residential Sanitary Permit Application Procedures
  1. Contact and have soil tested by a Certified Soil Tester (CST). - List of Soil Testers in EC area
    • Identifies the type of septic system that can be installed on your property.
    • List of soil testers and plumbers who regularly work in the EC area.
  2. Soil Test submits test to the Health Department for Review.
    • On-Site verification is required if certain soil limitations exist.
    • Soil Test is required to arrange this evaluation with Health Department Staff.
  3. Decide on a plumber to install your system.
    • Septic Systems must be designed and installed by either a Wisconsin Licensed Master Plumber or Master Plumber Restricted-Sewer.
    • Plumber must obtain your sanitary permit application.
  4. Apply for the permit.
    • Sanitary permit application, signed by your plumber is submitted to the Health Department along with the soil test report, plumbing plans and permit fees.
    • Plumber typically handles the entire application process.
  5. Health Department acts on the permit
    • When permit is issued, the Health Department will contact the appropriate Town or County individuals and notify them the permit has been issued.
    • If the permit is denied, you will be notified in writing.
Privy Permits
  • Construction of sealed-vault pit toilets or opened bottom pit toilets requires a permit.
  • Contact EC Health Department for more information.
    • 715-839-4718

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