Permitting Procedures

***UPDATE: JAN 21, 2021***

Due to the challenges and staffing needs of responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, Summit County Public Health (SCPH) will temporarily discontinue conducting soil evaluations for vacant lots as of February 1, 2021 until further notice.  While this service is suspended for new lot evaluations, applicants will need to use a certified soil scientist for the soil evaluation portion of the review.  Please visit the Ohio Department of Health webpage for information on soil evaluation requirements and to access lists of approved soil scientists here:

SCPH will continue to perform soil evaluations for the replacement of sewage treatment systems for existing homes.



Replacement Septic Systems

Alterations of Existing Septic Systems - When is an Alteration Permit Needed?
Alteration permits are needed when there is a change in the nature of influent waste strength, a change in system components, an expansion of the treatment system, and changes in the volume of daily design flow. Examples are adding an aeration tank to an existing leach field, a leach field to an existing system and adding bedrooms which increase design flow. They are not required when replacing like-for-like components such as pipe, risers and lids, adding a "T" to a tank or adding an inspection port.


Building and Zoning Approvals

These evaluations of existing sewage treatment systems are needed when
proposing a project such:

  • Addition to an existing how that increases square footage, but not the number of potential bedrooms
  • Addition of a property feature such as a garage, shed, accessory building, pond, pool, porch, deck, drive, hardscape, etc.
  • Addition of one bedroom, defined as habitable space which includes but is not limited to a single bedroom, office, den, etc.

Building & Zoning Application


Lot Split Approvals

These evaluations are required anytime a property owner with an existing
sewage treatment system (STS) is proposing to split land off from their
existing parcel. This is necessary to ensure that land needed for future
STS will not be eliminated in the lot split approval. More information can
be found on page 2 of the application.

Lot Split Application



According to OAC Chapter 3701-29-06 (I), “A STS shall not be sited, permitted, or installed where a sanitary sewerage system is accessible, unless otherwise excepted by law. Whenever a sanitary sewerage system becomes accessible to a dwelling or structure served by a STS, the dwelling and/or structures shall be connected to the sanitary sewerage system and the STS abandoned in accordance with rule 3701-29-21 of the Administrative Code.”

SCPH’s role when connecting a residence to sanitary sewer is to ensure the septic system becomes properly abandoned. The contractor connecting the home into the sewer can perform the abandonment. Once the system is abandoned, the following form must be submitted to SCPH with the appropriate abandonment fee:


For questions about sewer connection, including cost estimates and permits, please contact the local sewer authority that services your neighborhood:

Summit County Department of Environmental Services

City of Akron Utilities Business Office

Village of Richfield

City of Twinsburg

City of Barberton

City of Hudson

City of Cuyahoga Falls