By the authority of the Chief Building Official (SCC 7-13 (A)(6), CPC 188.8.131.52), work performed by the property owner or a qualified professional to repair or replace fire damaged septic system components listed below in-kind does not require a permit from Permit Sonoma. "In-kind" means the same or similar part (material, dimension, etc.) that existed prior to the fire.
A qualified professional is a Civil Engineer, Environmental Health Specialist, or Contractor with “A”, “C-36” or “C-42” license. Qualified professionals must be currently licensed or registered in the State of California.
Septic System repair and replacement work that does not require a permit from Permit Sonoma:
- Lids or covers for the following: septic tanks, sump tanks, pretreatment units, distribution boxes, valve boxes, monitoring wells, etc.
- Plastic materials (risers, lids, covers, etc.).
- Effluent filters.
- Sanitary inlet and outlet tees.
- Valve boxes (balancing, purge, & diversion).
- Valves (balancing, purge, diversion, & air release).
- Clean outs.
- Monitoring wells.
- Distribution boxes.
- Sump tank components (pumps, piping, floats set per original design specifications, etc.).
- Minor cracks in septic tanks or sump tanks.
- Transmission lines from dwellings to septic tanks.
- Transmission lines from septic tanks to distribution boxes or diversion valves.
- Hydrojetting lines to remove blockages in order to correct or improve system function.
Property owners are ultimately responsible for the proper function and performance of their septic systems and are strongly encouraged to seek assistance from qualified professionals prior to repairing or replacing septic system components.
While permits are not required to repair or replace septic system components in-kind listed above, property owners are highly advised to keep detailed records of work performed on their septic systems for future permitting, rebuilding, remodeling, and re-occupancy purposes.
Property owners with septic systems in Permit Sonoma’s Operational Permit (OPR) program will be required to disclose and report work performed on their septic systems with their next self-monitoring form submission.