JCDHE licenses installers and designers of private sewage treatment systems regulated under the Johnson County Environmental Sanitary Code, as well as the sanitary disposal contractors, also known as pumpers, who clean the treatment systems and transport the sewage to the disposal site. Following are the environmental code regulations for these professionals and the applications necessary for initial licensing and renewal.
Installers and Designers
A valid installer license must be issued to any person who installs or engages in the installation or repair of a private sewage treatment system. Employees of an installer who has a valid license are not required to be separately licensed. Licensed installers may, without separate license, design conventional and shallow in-ground systems that are pumped or gravity fed, but no others.
A valid designer license must be issued to any person who conducts or performs design services for any private sewage treatment system regulated under the Johnson County Environmental Sanitary Code. Employees of a designer who has a valid license are not required to be separately licensed. A designer license is required for the design of any alternative system such as mound, low pressure pipe, or other permitted alternative system. A licensed professional engineer will be considered licensed to perform the services of designer.
Installer licenses expire on December 31 of each year and must be renewed annually on or before January 15 of the following year.
Designer licenses are valid for a term of two years, running concurrently with the calendar year and expire on December 31 of each succeeding calendar year. Licenses may be renewed on or before January 15 of any succeeding year.
All fees for either license are due at the time of application of license or renewal.
The applicant will be required to demonstrate adequate knowledge of the regulations pertaining to private sewage treatment systems and general engineering principles pertaining to such systems. Actual experience, education, or professional licensing of the applicant may be considered in the granting or denial of an application, including prior revocations or disciplinary action.
Application requirements include attendance at an appropriate training workshop and satisfactory completion of a written examination. The workshop shall be conducted or sponsored by JCDHE or other recognized governmental, educational, or professional institution. The written exam shall be administered by the Environment Division and cover subjects related to public health concerns, sewage treatment techniques, standards for design or construction or installation of sewage treatment systems, sewage treatment theory, and/or hydraulics. Any applicant who fails to satisfactorily complete the written examination may retake the exam after thirty days.
Every person licensed as an installer or designer must obtain a minimum of three hours of approved continuation training each calendar year. No license will be renewed without submission of a certification of the training to the Director of JCDHE. The training must be directly related to the knowledge requirements necessary for issuance of the license under Chapter 2, Section 3 of the Johnson County Environmental Sanitary Code. Attendance of any workshop conducted, sponsored or approved by JCDHE or any applicable professional association will meet this training requirement.
The licensed installer must have and maintain insurance for liability and workmanship in amounts and forms as designated by the administering agency. A copy of the certificate of insurance must be filed with the agency. The licensed installer may also be required to be bonded.
A license may be revoked for failure to comply with the Johnson County Environmental Sanitary Code. The revocation procedure will comply with the provisions of Chapter I of the code.
- Experience Questionnaire for Installer Licensing
- Experience Questionnaire for Designer Licensing
Find these forms and associated fees on the Forms and Fees page.
Sanitary Disposal Contractors (Pumpers)
A valid sanitary disposal contractor license is required to engage in the pumping or cleaning of a private sewage treatment system or the transport of sewage to a disposal site. Employees of a sanitary disposal contractor who has a valid license are not required to be separately licensed. The license shall also designate the vehicles to be used by the licensee.
Licenses expire on December 31 of each year and must be renewed annually on or before January 15 of any following year. All required license fees are due at the time of application.
Licensed sanitary disposal contractors must comply with the following performance requirements:
- When cleaning a septic tank, a licensed contractor must remove the liquid, sludge, and scum, leaving no more than three inches depth of sewage.
- All equipment must be maintained so as to ensure that no spillage of sewage will occur during transportation, and that his employees are not subjected to undue health hazards. All sewage must be transported in an enclosed tank.
- Sewage must be transported only in vehicles approved for that purpose by JCDHE. Each vehicle must be inspected prior to issuance or renewal of a license to a sanitary disposal contractor. The vehicle must be kept in good working condition and both the name of the licensee and the sanitary disposal contractor license number are to be clearly displayed on both sides of the vehicle in bold letters not less than five inches in height.
- Disposal of collected sewage may only take place at a site designated by JCDHE. A report stating the dates, sources, volume, and disposal site of each load or partial load of sewage or waste transported during the preceding calendar month must be submitted to the JCDHE Director, or her designee, not later than the 10th day of each month. This report must be on a form furnished by JCDHE. It must contain the signature of the person submitting the report and must bear the signature(s) of the responsible person operating the disposal site for each load or partial load received at the site from the contractor.
- Prior to the issuance or renewal of a license the applicant will be required to demonstrate adequate knowledge of the regulations pertaining to sanitary disposal contractors. The administering authority may consider prior conduct of the applicant in localities not subject to the Johnson County Environmental Sanitary Code in the granting or renewal of a license as well as any prior violations to the Code.
- The license holder must comply with any applicable federal, state, and local regulations or law including, but not limited to, those set forth now or hereafter adopted in Standards for the Use or Disposal of Sewage Sludge, volume 58, number 32, page 9388, of the Federal Register, February 19, 1993, as amended.
A license may be revoked for failure to comply with the Johnson County Environmental Sanitary Code.
- Application for Sanitary Disposal Contractor and Pumper Truck License- can be found on the Forms and Fees page
- Sanitary Disposal Contractor Daily Log