Septic Systems 101

Posted On: January 9, 2019


Land & Resource Department Hosts
“Septic Systems 101 Training”

Otter Tail County Land and Resource Management staff invited septic system contractors and real estate agents to attend a half-day informational session. Chris LeClair, Director of Land & Resource Management introduced the proposed revisions to the Otter Tail County Sanitation Code and updated attendees on some of the procedural changes for 2019.

Many changes have occurred in the Land & Resource Management Department in 2018. The informational sessions were an opportunity to meet LeClair and to reach out to other professionals in the field.

Dan Ness, an inspector and owner of Ness Express, said, “It’s good for everyone in the business to get together and get on the same page to know what is going on and to find out what changes are in the pipeline.”

Dan Ness, pictured center, owner of Ness Express

When is a permit required? A permit is required for all new installation of sewage tanks, repairs and changes. Please visit the septic system webpage for more details.

Local units of government, such as a county, must require management plans for all new or replacement septic systems. These plans must be submitted to the local unit of government before issuance of a construction permit. When certain circumstances apply inspections to determine compliance with the ordinance will be performed by Land & Resource.

“This is important for lakes.” Steve Wilson, with Jack Chivers Realty of Perham said, “I have been through the process myself and I am aware that this is a concern for lake owners that this is done right. I am here to keep up with the new rules.”

LeClair encourages residents to visit the Land and Resource office with questions or for more information on septic systems and proposed changes visit:










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