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.

Septic Sewer System Maintenance Form

Printable Handout for Septic Systems

  • 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 which is issued by the Building Department. Owners of septic systems must have their treatment tanks inspected and remove solids if needed every three years. 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.
  • If you have questions about your septic system, please contact Building Inspector Jon Phelps at 651-322-2027 or Community Development Office Specialist at 651-322-2051.