Land Use & Wastewater

The Land Use section of Environmental Health Division looks at wastewater design and installation, well siting and permits, land divisions, use permits, and other related projects that involve septic systems and wells.

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Land Development

Environmental Health Division works very closely with the other Land Development Departments of the County (Public Works, Planning, Building, Fire) during the review and permitting processes associated with major land divisions such as subdivisions, parcel maps, lot line adjustments, etc. to ensure that the project meets minimum requirements. Additionally, Environmental Health Division provides reviews and clearances for all applicable building permits.

Visit the Land Development page for more information.

Gray Water Re-Use

Adoption of the 2013 plumbing code addresses Alternate Water Sources for Nonpotable Applications. A gray water system is designed to collect gray water and transport it out of the structure for distribution in an Irrigation or Disposal Field. A gray water system may include tanks, valves, filters, pumps, or other appurtenances along with piping and receiving landscape. Simple laundry to landscape systems do not require a permit, but anything more complex will require Building Division and Environmental Health Division review and approval.

Visit the Gray Water Re-Use page for more information.

Wastewater Program

California Water Code was amended in 2012 to establish a statewide, approach for the regulation and management of On-Site Wastewater Treatment System (OWTS), commonly known as septic systems. Environmental Health Division is the local permitting authority that ensures compliance with all applicable state and local regulatory requirements for the installation and repair of OWTS.

Visit the Wastewater Program page for more information.

Septic System Maintenance & Care

During a power shutoff event, homeowners with pump operation septic systems are advised to reduce wastewater usage. Learn more about pump septic systems during a power shutoff (PDF).

View the Septic System Maintenance and Care (PDF) document for more information.