Sewage Disposal and/or Water Supply Permit

Availability:
available via mail   Via Mail
available in person   In Person

Responding to your application for an onsite sewage disposal system is an important part of our mission to protect the public health and serve the citizens of Henrico County.  

A construction permit authorizes the installation of an Onsite Sewage Disposal System of a specific design and location, expires 18 months after issuance, and is not transferable to subsequent owner(s).  If the applicant plans to build a new single family dwelling it is preferable to have the Onsite Sewage Disposal Permit approved before applying for the building permit.  Building permits received for review before the Onsite Sewage Disposal Permit has been issued will be denied until the Onsite Sewage Disposal Permit has been approved and issued.

A certification letter guarantees that a sewage disposal system construction permit shall be issued in the future unless there is a substantial physical change in the soil or site conditions where the onsite sewage disposal system is to be located.  The certification letter will identify the design capacity (e.g., number of bedrooms) and the boundaries of the approved sewage disposal system area (and well site where applicable).  The certification letter has no expiration date, is transferable to subsequent owner(s), and, if redeemed within 18 months for a construction permit, there will be no additional application fees.

Fees

Application Type

Fee

Bare application- Certification Letter (Onsite Sewage)1

$400

Bare application- Onsite Sewage Construction Permit (Onsite Sewage)1

$475

Bare application- Minor Modification of an Existing Sewage Disposal System2

$150

OSE/PE Certification Letter System ≤ 1,000 gpd

$370

OSE/PE Certification Letter System > 1,000 gpd

$1450

OSE/PE Onsite Sewage Construction Permit System ≤ 1,000 gpd

$275

OSE/PE Onsite Sewage Construction Permit System > 1,000 gpd

$1450

OSE/PE Combined Construction Sewage Permit & Well System ≤ 1,000 gpd

$575

OSE/PE Combined Construction Sewage Permit & Well System > 1,000 gpd

$1750

OSE/PE Minor Modification of an Existing Sewage Disposal System2

$150

Private Well Construction Permit

$300

Private Well Replacement Permit3

$300

Repair Permit for an existing sewage disposal system

no fee

Abandonment of an existing private well4

$300

Notes:

  1. The Henrico County Health Department no longer accepts ‘Bare’ applications for new home construction, certification letters, or for any non-residential construction. In these cases the application must be accompanied by an Onsite Sewage Disposal System proposal prepared by a properly licensed OSE/PE. In most cases, applications for expansion of existing onsite systems due to a proposed increase in daily flow (i.e. adding an extra bedroom to an existing house) must be accompanied by a private sector design.  Please contact the Henrico County Health Department Onsite Team if you have any questions concerning the application fees and how they apply to your specific project (804-501-4530). 
  2. ‘Minor Modification of an Existing Sewage Disposal System’ means an alteration that is not a repair, voluntary upgrade, or routine maintenance, does not result in an increase in treatment level or volume of the system, and does not require the evaluation of the soil conditions prior to issuance of the permit. Minor Modifications include but are not limited to relocation of a system component or an additional plumbing connection that does not increase the actual or estimated flow of the system.
  3. When a permit to replace a private well has been issued and the owner submits a Water Well Completion Statement indicating that the previous well has been properly abandoned (in compliance with the Virginia Well Regulations and inspected by this office) the owner can receive a refund of the application fee. The refund request must be presented on the approved FEE REFUND APPLICATION form and received by the Henrico County Health Department within 12 months of the issuance of the Replacement Well Permit.
  4. The application fee to permanently abandon an existing well will be waived when the well to be abandoned is located on property that is (or intended as) the owner’s principal place of residence.
Please submit a check payable to Henrico County Health Department

If you have any questions, please contact Henrico Health Department at (804) 501-4530.

How to Receive this Service

The Sewage Disposal and/or Water Supply Permit Application is available in PDF format. The application can be filled out on-line and printed. Please mail it to us with your check. Please note that you will not be able to save the completed application to your computer unless you have software that will allow you to save PDF files.

Sewage Disposal and/or Water Supply Permit Application 

A completed Sewage Disposal and/or Water Supply Permit Application must be returned to the Henrico Health Department by mail or in person with the appropriate fee included.

Our physical address is:

Henrico County Health Department
8600 Dixon Powers Drive
Henrico, VA 23228

Our mailing address is:

Henrico County Health Department
P.O. Box 90775
Henrico, VA 23273-0775

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Henrico Health Dept.
West Clinic

8600 Dixon Powers Dr.
Henrico, VA 23228

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East Clinic

1400 N. Laburnum Ave.
Richmond, VA 23223

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(804) 501-4522
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(804) 501-4651
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(804) 652-3190

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Mailing Address
P. O. Box 90775
Henrico, VA 23273-0775

Shrader Road WIC
7740 Shrader Rd, Suite B
Henrico, VA 23228

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