Septic Systems

The Environmental Health Department administers the permitting of individual sewage disposal systems (septic systems). We help you locate, design, and perform inspections on individual waste water systems. All systems in the county and state are required to meet minimum standards promulgated under state law. The permitting process ensures these minimum standards are met to protect public health and the environment.

Septic System Process


New installations must obtain zoning and development approval; please contact the Planning Department for a Development Permit Application. You must provide a site plan indicating the location of the proposed drain field and the location of buildings and wells in the area. Please note that the drain field must be 100 feet or more away from any water source. Citizens must pay a permit fee of $300, due at the time of application. Please make any checks payable to San Miguel County.

See the Septic regulations (PDF) for more details.