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
(click on image for detailed view)
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 Countys normal perc
process can take 2-6 week depending on the circumstances (fast-track
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.
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
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
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.