Green septic tanks dug into the dirt.

Household Sewage Treatment Systems

Household Sewage

Lorain County Public Health (LCPH) inspects, monitors, and issues permits for over 24,000 household sewage treatment systems (like septic systems) in Lorain County. LCPH’s water quality program helps protect local streams, rivers, and other watersheds of Lake Erie. LCPH also helps educate owners on how to take care of their household sewage treatment systems.

Contact Lorain County Public Health at 440-322-6367 with questions about household sewage treatment systems. Click here to report a septic or sewage issue.

Household Sewage Treatment System Grant Program

Due to the popularity of this program, we have reached our current funding capacity. We are no longer accepting applications for a "waiting list". If you have general questions about the grant program, Please contact Jill Lis at jlis@loraincountyhealth.com or (440) 322-6367.

Operation and Maintenance Program


For homeowners with a sewage treatment system:

Site Review Application for New and Replacement Sewage Treatment Systems

Site Review Factsheet 

Septic Evaluation Request of a Household Sewage Treatment System (Home sale inspection)

Property Improvement Application for Homes with Sewage Treatment Systems

How to properly maintain and operate your household sewage treatment system

Septic Systems (Leaching tile fields, design sand mounds, leaching trenches)

Aeration Systems (Leaching tile fields, design sand mounds, leaching trenches)

Spray Irrigation Systems  

National Pollutant Elimination Discharging System- NPDES 

How to abandon an existing sewage treatment system



Lot Split Evaluations


Approved Contractors


Service Providers

Septage Haulers / Pumpers 

Soil Scientists 


Rules and Regulations

Ohio Revised Code- 3718

Ohio Administrative Code- 3701-29

For contractors of household sewage treatment systems:

Lorain County Registrations

Service Provider 

Septage Hauler Application

Septage Hauler Vehicle Application 

As-Built Form 

Surety Bonds, General Liability Requirements, Continuing Education Requirements and Classes

Ohio Department of Health’s Website
Ohio Department of Health Sewage Treatment System Page 
SepticSmart Homeowners [U.S. EPA]

Have a question? Click the map to contact the Sanitarian for your area.