Septic Maintenance

Septic Systems

Subsurface Sewage Treatment Systems (SSTS), commonly known as septic systems, for buildings that do not have access to the City’s sanitary sewer system. The goal of the SSTS program is to protect the public health and the environment through adequate dispersal and treatment of domestic sewage from dwellings or other establishments.

  • A building permit is required for all new systems on lots developed outside the area served by the city sewer system, and also for building expansions, additions, etc. Septic systems must be designed and installed by a business licensed by MPCA.
  • All septic systems require a maintenance permit every three (3) years which is issued by the Building Department. Owners of septic systems must have their treatment tanks inspected and remove solids. This inspection/ pumping service must be completed by a licensed septic system maintenance business.
  • Point of Sale Inspections. A Compliance Inspection is required for the transfer of property ownership which is required by Dakota County.

Questions and Reporting

If you have questions about your septic system, please contact Chief Building Official Jon Phelps at 651-322-2027.

Septic system reporting, including Maintenance or Compliance forms, may be sent to the Septic Reporting Email. If you have any questions about reporting please email the Community Development Technician or call at 651-322-2051. 

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