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Do I Need a Permit to Repair My Septic System?

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A permit is required to repair a septic system, as well as to alter and extend it. All septic systems in Texas are subject to TCEQ regulations, which sets the minimum standards for septic systems. Your system falls under those regulations regardless if you live in or outside city limits. Each local authority, usually the county, enforces the regulations and issues permits for systems. Here’s how TCEQ defines “alter” and “extend”:

Alter: To change an on-site sewage facility resulting in

  • Increase in the volume of permitted flow
  • Change in the nature of permitted influent
  • Change from the planning materials approved by the permitting authority
  • Change in construction
  • Increase, lengthening, or expansion of the treatment or disposal system

Extend: To alter an on-site sewage facility resulting in an increase in capacity, lengthening, or expansion of the existing treatment or disposal system. Examples of altering and extending a septic system:

  • Adding bedrooms or square footage
  • Adding a cabana or guest house
  • Moving aerobic system spray heads
  • Adding a drainfield
  • Changing a home into a business

For 86+ years, Van Delden Wastewater Systems has withstood the test of time as the leading Wastewater System company, providing San Antonio, Boerne, and the surrounding Texas Hill Country with services you can count on now and in the future. 

Call us for any of your wastewater systems needs and let our professionals help you with your septic installation and maintenance requirements: 210.698.2000 (San Antonio) or 830.249.4000 (Boerne).

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