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Septic Repair Flowchart

This flowchart describes Permit Sonoma’s permit process for septic system repairs.


I need a permit to repair my septic system. What does the application process look like?

Septic Repair Flowchart

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I need a permit to repair my septic system. What does the application process look like?

  • You have confirmed you need to repair your septic system.
  • It has been established that something is not right with your septic system.
  • You now have to figure out what is wrong with you septic system.
  • Are you permit exempt?
    • If yes, the process is completed.
    • If no, you will need to proceed to submitting an application for a permit.
  • The application will then be reviewed.
  • Was the application approved?
    • If yes, the permit will be issued.
    • If no, the application will need to be amended and re-submitted for plan review.

Additional Information

Finding Out What's Wrong

  • Owner is first to know
  • Owner may figure it out
  • Contractor may figure it out

Repair Permit

  • Replacement of 25% or less of Dispersal System
  • Replacement/Repair of leach line, whole or segment, within existing trench
  • Replacement/Repair of dispersal chamber, whole or segment, within existing chamber trench
  • Repair of Pretreatment Unit

Permit Exempt

  • Risers
  • Sanitary Tees
  • Effluent Filters
  • Diversion Valves
  • Distribution Box
  • Sewer Line from House to Septic Tank
  • Sewer Line from Tank to D-Box
  • Solid Sewer Line Connecting D-Boxes

Application Review

  • Questions/Comments
  • Possible Site Visit


Does Application Meet Standards?

  • Yes --Repair Permit is Issued
  • No --Additional Information Needed

Contact Information

Contact Well & Septic by Phone
2550 Ventura Avenue
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
38.465074, -122.723705

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