Septic Permit Requirements - The following items will be required to complete this permit:
Note: If you print this page, you will also receive a worksheet for the percolation test.
Property Location (you can search by address, owner, or PIN).
Property owner's phone number
Contact information - where the permit will be sent
Percolation Test Results - 3 holes MINIMUM. Note: A percolation test is not required if either of the following is true:
The laterals are not being replaced
The system is to serve a single toilet, and/or a single shower and/or a single sink in an accessory building. This must not be the primary system for the property.
Nearest private well (if under 100ft)
Nearest municipal well (if under 100ft)
Nearest lake, stream, or waterway (if under 100ft)
Distance to groundwater from surface (if under 6ft)
New or existing structure
Number of bedrooms
Multi-Family Residential Only:
Number of bedrooms
Living space (sq ft)
Bedrooms per unit
Garage space (sq ft)
Number of units
Total area (sq ft)
Capacity of site in people
Site size in square feet
Construction of a new system or complete replacement of a system/Alteration of an existing system
The following items are required if they are being installed, modified, or replaced:
Tank construction material
Type of laterals
Distribution box type
All contractors involved with permit. You will need their name, registration number, or phone number to add your contractors to the permit. All contractors are required to be registered with Iowa Workforce Development.
Percolation Test Worksheet
For the procedure for the percolation test, visit the address
below or contact the Public Health Department:
Date of test:
Test done by:
15min or 30min (circle one)
3 or 4 (circle one)
1st Hole (Drop)
2nd Hole (Drop)
3rd Hole (Drop)
4th Hole (Drop)
All of the above information is required to complete this permit application.
If you do not have all of the above information, you will be unable to complete your permit.
Pre-siting your system design by the Public Health Department is recommended before work starts.
If you don't contact the Public Health Department before starting work, you do so at your own risk.
Questions? Contact Planning, Zoning, and Public Health at (641) 754-6370.