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Onsite Sewage Treatment and Disposal System (OSTDS) Operating Permits
Phone: 321.633.2100, option 1
Aerobic Treatment Unit (ATU) / Performance Based Treatment System Operating Permits
Aerobic Treatment Units (ATU) are septic systems that achieve enhanced sewage treatment by promoting aerobic bacteria growth. Most ATUs promote the growth of aerobic bacteria by introducing oxygen into the treatment receptacle via a small air compressor or blower unit. For a list of ATUs approved for use in
The owner of an ATU is required by Florida Statute 381.0065(4)(u) to maintain a current maintenance service agreement with an approved maintenance entity permitted by the department. Please see the ATU Maintenance Entities List for local maintenance entities or visit http://www.doh.state.fl.us/environment/ostds/products/products.html for a list of all maintenance entities permitted in
**A property owner may maintain the ATU serving his or her own owner-occupied single-family residence but is subject to all permitting requirements. Contact the Florida Department of Health - Brevard County (DOH-Brevard) at 321.633.2100, option 1 to learn more about the permitting requirements.
As per Florida Statute 381.0065(4), an operating permit must be obtained prior to the use of any ATU. The operating permit is valid for two years from the date of issuance and must be renewed every two years. The maintenance entity is responsible for obtaining the operating permit from the DOH-Brevard for properties in Brevard County. Operating permits are not transferrable from one property owner to the next.
The county health department is required to inspect every ATU annually. An owner of an ATU is required to allow the department to inspect the unit during reasonable hours. The
Performance Based Treatment System (PBTS) are specialized onsite sewage systems that have been designed by an engineer to meet higher performance standards than conventional septic systems. The maintenance agreement and operating permit requirements for PBTS are the same as listed above for an ATU. In addition, based on the level of treatment provided, the PBTS may require effluent testing to verify the system is functioning as designed. The design engineer may also have additional requirements included in the approved design.
The requirements for the use of an ATU to overcome density restrictions can be found in Chapter 46, Article II, Brevard County Code of Ordinances, Section 46-69.
Commercial Septic System / Industrial or Manufacturing (IM) Septic System Operating Permits
Commercial septic systems are those serving a facility that produces non-toxic, non-hazardous wastewater but have the potential of generating higher strength wastewater flows than domestic wastewater. Examples of establishments included in this definition are commercial and industrial food operations, commercial laundry facilities with no more than 4 machines, beauty salons, and animal holding facilities.
As per Florida Statute 381.0065(4) an operating permit must be obtained prior to the use of any onsite sewage system serving an establishment that produces commercial waste. The operating permits are valid for one year from the date of issuance and must be renewed annually. To obtain an operating permit within Brevard County, an Application for Onsite Sewage Treatment and Disposal System Operating Permit and Business Survey must be completed and submitted to the DOH-Brevard with the applicable fees. Operating permits are not transferrable from one owner to the next.
Industrial or manufacturing zoned or equivalent use septic systems are those receiving industrial, hazardous, or toxic sewage waste that is not otherwise defined as domestic sewage or commercial sewage. Wastewater carried off by floor drains, utility sinks and equipment drains located in buildings in industrial or manufacturing areas, estimated volumes of commercial sewage waste exceeding 5000 gallons per day, wastewater from commercial laundry facilities with more than 4 self-service machines, and wastewater from car and truck washes are included in this definition. Please contact the DOH-Brevard at 321.633.2100, option 1 or the regional Department of Environmental Protection office at 407.897.4100 to help you determine if your facility is zoned for industrial or manufacturing use or if your business is equivalent to industrial or manufacturing.
As per Florida Statute 381.0065(4)(i)2., each person who owns or operates a business or facility in an area zoned or used for industrial or manufacturing purposes, or its equivalent, or who owns or operates a business that has the potential to generate toxic, hazardous, or industrial wastewater or toxic or hazardous chemicals, and uses an onsite sewage treatment and disposal system that is installed on or after July 5, 1989, must obtain an annual system operating permit from the department. A person who owns or operates a business that uses an onsite sewage treatment and disposal system that was installed and approved before July 5, 1989, need not obtain a system operating permit. However, upon change of ownership or tenancy, the new owner or operator must notify the department of the change, and the new owner or operator must obtain an annual system operating permit, regardless of the date that the system was installed or approved. The operating permits are valid for one year from the date of issuance and must be renewed annually. To obtain an operating permit in Brevard County, an Application for Onsite Sewage Treatment and Disposal System Operating Permit and Business Survey must be completed and submitted to the DOH-Brevard with the applicable fees. Operating Permits are not transferrable from one owner to the next.
The county health department is required to inspect every industrial or manufacturing zoned or equivalent and commercial waste onsite sewage system annually. Our office conducts routine inspections daily from approximately 9:00am to 4:00pm, Mondays thru Fridays (excluding holidays). Please contact the department if you are an owner of a Commercial or IM Operating Permit and there is limited access to your onsite sewage system so arrangements can be made for annual inspections. Inspection results may be viewed by visiting http://www.septicsearch.com.
For more information on Onsite Sewage Treatment and Disposal Systems in the State of Florida, please visit http://www.doh.state.fl.us/environment/ostds.
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