Sewage Disposal System Permit Application & Information

Construction of small sewage disposal systems in Cattaraugus County requires a permit issued by the Cattaraugus County Health Department.

The "Application for a Small Sewage Disposal System Construction Permit" is the standard form used to obtain a permit for all sewage disposal system types.

When obtaining a permit, an Environmental Health staff member will be present for a soil percolation test.  The rate at which your soil drains water during this test determines what type of sewage disposal system you will need.  "Instructions for Soil Percolation Tests" gives guidelines to applicants, so that they will know what to expect during a percolation test, and instructions if they chose to perform the test themselves.  Please note that an Environmental Health staff member must still be present to witness the percolation test.

In most circumstances, one of two types of sewage disposal systems will be designed.  A conventional absorption type system is designed for sites with well drained soils and a sand filter system is designed for sites with poorly drained soils.  The "Septic System Operation & Maintenance" brochure gives tips on how to care for and maintain a conventional absorption type system.  "Sand Filter Maintenance Tips" gives guidance on the care and maintenance of sand filter type systems.