On-Site Septic Systems
Orange County On-Site Sewage Facilities ORDER
All new On-Site Sewer Facility (OSSF) systems must be permitted through Environmental Health and Code Compliance Department before installation begins. The first step in acquiring a permit for a new septic system is to contact a septic installer that is licensed with the State of Texas. They will be able to assist you in getting the required paperwork to submit for a permit.
Permit Application Individual Sewage System Acceptance Form
Affidavit Residential Affidavit Pump and Haul
Affidavit Two Tracks Affidavit Commercial
- Site plan, site evaluation, and soil analysis results from a Professional Engineer or Sanitarian showing a facility can be installed on the property which meets the requirements of the Texas National Resources Conservation Commission’s “Construction Standards”.
- Legal description of the property, which included name of the subdivision, street name, unit number, lot number, or abstract and tract numbers.
- Map and/or directions to property.
- Type of development such as residential or commercial. If residential, give number of bedrooms and square feet of living area.
- Signed two year maintenance contract.
- An Affidavit to the Public that has been filled out, signed, and recorded at the County Clerks Office.
A final inspection of the facility is required. At the time of inspection, the installer should have:
- Tanks in place
- Drain field constructed
- Spray field constructed
- Pipe and gravel connected and grouted
- Houseline connected to tank
- An instrument set up
- Suitable backfill material on site (if required)
After the final inspection and approval of the facility has passed inspection, the owner of the property will be issued a permit to operate.
Can I install my own septic system?
Yes. However, there may be some systems that you, the property owner, can't buy because they must be installed by a factory representative.
If you compensate any person during any phase of the OSSF installation (e.g., hire someone to do backhoe work or trenching), the individual performing the work must be a licensed installer of the correct level, except:
- A licensed electrician, or
- A person who delivers a treatment or pump tank to a site
Should I pump my septic tank?
It is recommended that you pump your septic tank every three to five years to prevent short-circuiting of the treatment process.
Where can I view the statute that created the OSSF program?
Texas Health and Safety Code, Chapter 366
Where can I view the OSSF rules?
Title 30, Texas Administrative Code Chapter 285