Septic Installer, Pumper and Land Disposal Permits

If you are planning any of the following activities, then you will need a permit form the Division. For specific information on each permit type, please see additional information below. 

PERMIT Application FORM Fees Description / Services you will be permitted to provide:
Installer CN-0763 $200 CONVENTIONAL SUBSURFACE SEWAGE DISPOSAL SYSTEMS INSTALLER PERMIT - Installing, altering, extending or repairing a conventional septic system (conventional and conventional substitute products).
    $100 ALTERNATIVE SUBSURFACE SEWAGE DISPOSAL SYSTEMS INSTALLER PERMIT - Additional fee for each type of alternative system (LPP, mound, oxidation lagoon, ATS/SSD) you would like to be permitted to install, alter, extend or repair.
Pumping CN-0765 $200 SEPTIC TANK PUMPING CONTRACTOR PERMIT - Removing and disposing of domestic septage from septic tanks, holding tanks, portable toilets or other similar sewage treatment or disposal facilities.
Disposal CN-1047 $400 DOMESTIC SEPTAGE DISPOSAL SITE PERMIT - Land disposal of domestic septage from septic tanks or other sewage treatment or disposal facilities.

What Information Must I Provide?

New Applicants:
New installer applicants must contact their local Environmental Field Office to answer any questions and to discuss testing schedules. Applicants will need to complete an "Application for Subsurface Sewage Disposal System Installer Permit" (above) and provide the associated permit fee upon successful testing.

Renewals:
Installer permits expire on December 31st each year. Invoices for permit renewal are mailed in the fall prior to expiration. If you do not need to make any changes to your current permit coverage or company information you may renew your permit by paying the invoice online. Instruction for online payment are provided with the invoices. If you do need to make changes to your company information, you must complete and submit an "Application for Subsurface Sewage Disposal System Installer Permit" and associated permit fee directly to:

Division of Fiscal Services -Consolidated Fees Section
William R. Snodgrass TN Tower, 10th Floor
312 Rosa L. Parks Avenue, Nashville, TN 37243

landbased.systems@tn.gov

Please note that if installer coverage for the applicant has lapsed, then the applicant must begin as a new applicant. Any installer that failed to renew for the previous year must retake and pass the installer examination.

How Will My Application Be Processed?

A detailed review of the application is conducted, and the applicant is sent a notification letter when the review is complete. The review process is completed within 45 days of the date of application.

Please note that If the applicant was not permitted in the previous year or did not perform satisfactorily they are required to take a written examination. Applicants must score seventy (70) percent correct or above to be granted a permit. Applicants must satisfactorily install a conventional/alternative subsurface sewage disposal system under the supervision of a person designated by the Department.

Permits expire on December 31 each year and must be renewed. Permits are not transferable and become invalid upon change of ownership.

Rights and Responsibilities?

APPLICANT:

  • has the right to proceed with activities outlined in the approved permit. 
  • must notify the Department of any changes to application information
  • is responsible for following all applicable state statutes and regulations
  • must display an identifying sticker provided by the Department on any installer vehicle
  • must notify the Division when a system has been installed so that it can be inspected and approved
  • has the right to appeal a permit that has been denied, suspended or revoked

DIVISION:

  • has the right to inspect each SSDS installation to ensure that it was installed in accordance with permit conditions and regulatory requirements
  • the right to revoke, suspend, or deny the issuance of a permit to any applicant who violates the state statutes or departmental regulations

Any person who violates or fails to comply with the state statutes, rules, or regulations may be subject to civil penalties.

What Information Must I Provide?

New Applicants and Renewals:
All pumping contractors must contact their local Environmental Field Office to schedule a truck inspection. Truck inspections are required for all new permits and annual renewals. Applicants will be expected to submit a completed "Division of Water Resources Application for Septic Tank Pumping Contractor Permit" and associated fee to their local Environmental Field Office upon successful truck inspection (fee payment can also be made online when renewing by following the instructions provided on the renewal invoice.)

Additionally, all applicants must provide written permission of the proper official when contents are to be disposed of at a public wastewater treatment plant or written permission of the landowner and disposal site operator when land application site is used, including a copy of the domestic septage site permits.

How Will My Application Be Processed?

A detailed review of the application is conducted, and the applicant is sent a notification letter when the review is complete. The review process is completed within 45 days of the date of application.

Permits expire on December 31 each year and must be renewed. Permits are not transferable and become invalid upon change of ownership.

Rights and Responsibilities?

APPLICANT:

  • has the right to proceed with activities outlined in the approved permit. 
  • must notify the Department of any changes to application information
  • is responsible for following all applicable state statutes and regulations
  • must display an identifying sticker provided by the Department on any pumper vehicle
  • responsible for maintaining monthly logs
  • has the right to appeal a permit that has been denied, suspended or revoked

DIVISION:

  • has the right to inspect monthly logs
  • the right to revoke, suspend, or deny the issuance of a permit to any applicant who violates the state statutes or departmental regulations

Any person who violates or fails to comply with the state statutes, rules, or regulations may be subject to civil penalties.

What Information Must I Provide?

Applicants must submit the following information along with associated permit fee to their local environmental field office:

  • Division of Water Resources "Application for Domestic Septage Disposal Site Permit" form (above). 
  • A high intensity soil map of the proposed disposal area prepared in accordance with Department Rules
  • A plat with seal and signature of a registered surveyor.

How Will My Application Be Processed?

A detailed review of the application is conducted, and the applicant is sent a notification letter when the review is complete. The review process is completed within 45 days of the date of application.

Permits expire on December 31 each year and must be renewed. Permits are not transferable and become invalid upon change of ownership.

Rights and Responsibilities?

APPLICANT:

  • has the right to proceed with activities outlined in the approved permit
  • must notify the Department of any changes to application information
  • is responsible for following all applicable state statutes and regulations
  • has the right to appeal a permit that has been denied, suspended or revoked

DIVISION:

  • has the right to inspect proposed sites prior to permitting as well as after a permit has been granted
  • the right to revoke, suspend, or deny the issuance of a permit to any applicant who violates the state statutes or departmental regulations

Any person who violates or fails to comply with the state statutes, rules, or regulations may be subject to civil penalties.