Septic System Pump-Out/Inspection Program

What is required to pump-out a septic system in Henrico County?

Henrico citizens that have a septic system on their property that is within a Chesapeake Bay Preservation Area are required to have their septic system pumped out by a licensed sewage handler at least once every five (5) years.  This is in accordance with Henrico County’s Chesapeake Bay Preservation Ordinance, Chapter 24-106.3.  Septic system owners may elect, as an alternative to this pump-out requirement, to submit documentation that the system was inspected by a certified operator or on-site soil evaluator within the last 5 years and found to be functioning properly and does not need to be pumped out.  The certification requirement became effective October 14, 2014.  A listing of certified operators and on-site soil evaluators can be found on the Virginia Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation website.

For more information regarding maintaining your septic system please check out our brochure.


What proof does the Department of Public Works need to verify that the septic system has been pumped-out?

If your septic system has been pumped out, please attach a copy of the pump-out  or inspection receipt to the Verification and Compliance form and mail/fax to:

County of Henrico, Department of Public Works
Septic System Pump-Out/Inspection Program
P.O. Box 90775
Henrico, VA 23273-0775
Fax: 804-501-7470

With questions in regards to the Septic System Pump-Out/Inspection Program
please call (804) 501-5846 or email


How can I find out where my septic tank is located?

Call the Henrico Health Department at (804) 501-4529 for questions regarding septic tank location.


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Public Works

Henrico Department of Public Works
4301 E. Parham Rd.
Henrico, VA 23228

(804) 501-4393

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

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