Monroe County, Indiana

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Overview of Septic Permitting

Types of Septic Permits Issued by Monroe County Health Department:

New Septic Permit - required for new home construction

Repair Permit - required for repair or replacement of existing septic systems

Renewal/Modification Permit - required for reinstating an expired permit or modifying an existing permits specifications

Commercial Permit - required for any non-residential septic system (may require approval from the state)

How to apply for a Septic Permit

An application for a Septic Permit must be completed when a system needs to be installed, repaired or replaced. 

Each year, our section receives hundreds of septic permit applications. To ensure that the process begins and progresses smoothly, please follow these steps to apply:

1. Apply online, by creating an account or logging into an existing account, through our electronic permitting software OpenGov
https://monroecountyin.viewpointcloud.com/categories/1091/record-types/6521

2. Your application will be received by staff, and you will be prompted to pay the appropriate application fee. 

3. Soil reports are required for ALL septic permit applications. To obtain the services of a soil scientist, follow this link. Once you've obtained the soil report, upload a copy to your OpenGov Septic Permit application under attachments. 

4. Once we've received your application, payment, soil report, and/or other supplemental documents, staff will review and make a decision on issuance of the septic permit. 

Septic Fees

New Septic Permit $250
Repair Septic Permit $150
Renewal Septic Permit $100
Commercial Septic Permit (New or Repair) $400

*Fees are subject to change

Payment Options

Before making a payment, be sure to have your application record number (WW-XX-XXXX) and permit type ready.

  • Over the phone with credit or debit card - call Vital Records at 812-349-2542.

  • Through the mail - send in a check, money order, or cashier's check to 119 W 7th St. Bloomington, IN 47404. 

  • In person - Visit the Monroe County Health Department in person at 119 W 7th Street. Bloomington, IN 47404 during regular business hours (Mon-Friday; 8am-4pm). In-person payment types include: cash, credit/debit, check, money order, cashier's check. 

Visit out Septic Installers page to find lists of Registered Septic Installers and Septic Pumpers and Haulers.

Visit our Soil Analysis page to find a list of registered Soil Scientists. 

Please contact one of our Environmental Health Specialists for more information at wastewater@co.monroe.in.us, or by phone: Ryan Cushman at (812) 349-2073 or Shian'ah Cox (812) 349-2834


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Lori Kelley,
Health Administrator
Health Building
119 W 7th St
Bloomington, IN 47404
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