Permitting Process

Obtaining a permit for a new on-site wastewater system can be difficult to say the least. When you choose EGSD to help you through the process, rest assured we will make it as smooth as possible.

The permitting process involves these main steps:

• Research and Project Planning – A little extra effort put into the front end of your project can save lot of time and effort later. We start every project with a site visit with the customer. This allows us to gather information about the proposed project and see first-hand what the site looks like. If available, we also obtain any records from the Health Department which may help plan the project. We go through an extensive questionnaire with all customers to make sure our work meets the needs of the client.

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• Perc – We start with digging multiple five foot deep test holes on your property to determine the soil type. A well drained loamy or sandy soil is optimal. Unfortunately, most of Clark County is laden with clay or extremely gravely/rocky soils. Neither of which are ideal for septic systems. Our trained eye will help determine the best area to dig on your particular site. Going through the County’s normal “perc” process can take 2-6 week depending on the circumstances (fast-track option available).

• Design - The next step is to design a system based on the soils found in the test holes and the type/size of project proposed. A system design typically consists of: calculations, drawings, written specifications and product installation guidelines. A design typically takes one to three weeks to prepare (depending on time of year and project complexity). Once the design is done, a firm price quote for the installation can be obtained.



(Above Left) Part of a spreadsheet used to perform the calculations necessary to design a septic system.
(Above Right) Example of a typical design drawing prepared by EGSD

• Permit – Once the design is complete, we submit the design package to the Health Department for review. The review process can take between one week and several months depending on the complexity of the project. Once the review is complete, an installation permit is issued and construction can begin.

• Installation – After a permit is in hand, you can hire a contractor to install your system. Most residential projects can be substantially completed in one day although tying up the loose ends (inspections, electrical connections, backfill, etc.) can tank much longer.