Subsurface Sewage Disposal Systems

  • Inspectors review applications and issue permits for Subsurface Sewage Disposal Systems (septic systems).
  • Permits are reviewed in accordance with the State Standards for proper design, installation and maintenance. A properly functioning septic system protects ground water and prevents exposure to disease causing agents.
  • Inspectors also perform field inspections of installations.
  • Inspectors respond to citizen complaints of overflowing septic systems.
  • Enforcement is done through court actions.

Homeowners need to be aware of issues related to septic systems

Please fill out a Salem County Records request form for any information pertaining to septic systems.

Are you a septic system inspector who performs system inspections for real estate transactions or a homeowner, real estate agent or lawyer involved in a real estate transfer? If so, please read the following documents to understand the procedure that needs to be followed in order for the inspection to be considered a Department recognized inspection as per N.J.A.C. 7:9A.

NOTICE TO ALL SEPTIC SYSTEM INSPECTORS CONDUCTING INSPECTIONS FOR REAL PROPERTY TRANSFERS

N.J.A.C. 7:9A-12.6, System inspection protocol for inspections conducted during real property transfer

System inspection protocol for septic system inspectors (This inspection protocol shall be followed in order for the inspection to be identified as a Department recognized inspection by the Salem County Health Department)

Onsite System Inspection Form (This inspection form shall be used, filled out completely and accurately in order for the inspection to be identified as a Department recognized inspection by the Salem County Health Department)

Information for Real Estate Agents- Amendments to N.J.A.C. 7:9A regarding Real Property Transfer Inspections

As of April 2,2012, the new NJAC 7:9A rules have taken effect in regards to septic system installations and repairs to existing septic systems. The following documents are related to the new code. Please visit NJDEP’s website for additional information pertaining to the new code changes-

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Please contact the Salem County Division of Environmental Health for additional information – (856)935-7510 x 8448

Additional Septic Documents

Approved Septic Design Cover letter to homeowners

Engineer Certification for repairs to Existing Septic Systems

Septic Application

NJAC 7:9A-State Septic Code

Sieve Analysis Form

Tank Tightness Testing Certification

Request to Witness – Soil test pits and soil evaluation