Many homeowners are under the assumption that septic system permits aren’t necessary if they live outside the city limits. While permit exception may apply to some construction aspects, all on-site sewage facilities (OSSF’s) in Texas are required to have a permit, unless specific criteria is met per TCEQ regulations.
The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality sets the minimum standards, and usually the county or other local authority enforces the regulations. Each county or local entity may have more stringent rules, so how do you know if you need a permit?
You’ll need a septic system permit any time your system is constructed, altered, extended or repaired. TCEQ defines the following in The Texas Administrative Code, Title 30, Chapter 285:
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