Application for Septic/OWTS for New Development (LU71/LU74/LU75)

When submitting to obtain Septic/Onsite Wastewater Treatment System (OWTS) approval from DEH for your proposed new development building project, please provide the following:

     1. A completed Land Use Service Application

     2. One (1) copy of site plan with proposed location(s) for Septic/OWTS to scale (1" = 20') 

     3. Septic/OWTS Feasibility must be determined by completion of the following:
          a. Site assessment
          b. Soil analysis
          c. Percolation testing (completed by REHS, Professional Civil Engineer, or Professional
          Geologist)
          d. Approved water supply (well/public water)

Once Septic/OWTS Feasibility is determined, a proposed Septic/OTWS design must be submitted for review. Submittal should include the following: 

     4. One (1) copy of proposed Septic/OWTS design to scale (1” = 20’). 
          a. Plans/Design must comply with all items listed on the Plan Submittal Requirements checklist.
          b. If secondary dwelling – location of existing septic tank and leachfield (As-built)

     5. Once all requirements have been completed and plans are ready for an approval stamp,  
     additional copies (4) will need to be submitted.

After plans are reviewed and approved by DEH, you will need to take three (3) stamped plans to the applicable jurisdiction’s Planning/Building Department for inclusion in the building packet. The Septic/OWTS Permit will be issued with the issuance of the building permit prior to the start of Septic/OWTS construction.

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

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Applicable fees:

PE

 Amount  

  Description

SEPTIC/OWTS FEASIBILITY:

LU01

$603

  Site Assessment

LU02

$603

  Soil Analysis

LU06

$876

  Percolation tests (up to 6 holes) 

PLAN REVIEW:

LU08

$329

  Geological Technical Report Review (if slope >20%)

LU13

$986

  Land Use Plan Check: Commercial Construction

LU14

$548

  Land Use Plan Check: New Residential Construction

LU18

$219

  Land Use Plan Check: Resubmittal

LU19

$986

  Land Use Plan Check: Pump System Review

SEPTIC/OWTS PERMIT (To be collected at time of Building Permit Issuance):

LU22

$2,027

  Residential Septic/OWTS Construction Permit

LU24

$2,410

  Commercial Septic/OWTS Construction Permit

LU26

$2,956

  Alternative Septic/OWTS Construction Permit (≤ 20% slope)

ADDITIONAL FEES:

LU93

$219

  File Review (hourly)

LU96

$219

  Consultation/Additional Field Time (hourly)

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:

FOR SOUTH COUNTY:  (Morgan Hill, San Martin, Gilroy, Hollister, and Watsonville)

County of Santa Clara – DEH
RE: (Project number, once assigned)
80 Highland Av
San Martin, CA  95046

(** NOTE: This location is a satellite office, and only receives packages
and/or appointments 7:30 am – 9:00 am, Monday through Friday. **)

FOR ALL OTHER AREAS:

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

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