Application for Septic Tank/OWTS Abandonment (LU79)

​When submitting to obtain Septic/Onsite Wastewater Treatment System (OWTS) abandonment, please provide the following: 

  1. A completed Land Use Service Application
  2. Four (4) copies of site plans to scale (1” = 20’). Plans must include:
    1. Location of septic tank and leachfield (As-built)
    2. Proposed method of abandonment clearly noted
  3. A copy of a septic pumper’s report stating the tank has been pumped/emptied will be required before Onsite Inspection.
  4. After approval has been obtained, contact DEH to schedule onsite inspection

Please refer to our Septic Tank Abandonment Procedures handout for more information.

NOTE: Additional fees may apply. All applicable fees must be paid in full prior to any services provided by DEH (inspections, plan reviews, approvals, etc.). Projects/Submittals are reviewed in the order received - with the exception of septic system failures.

We will not begin any work until all the items noted above and payment are received.


Please forward all large/over-sized site-maps and necessary documents to the following:

County of Santa Clara – DEH
RE: (Project number, once assigned)
1555 Berger Drive #300
San Jose, CA  95112

Applicable fees:






Septic Tank Abandonment Permit

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