Percolation Test

Soil Evaluations & Percolation Test

How to Apply

Soil evaluations and percolation tests are used to determine the absorption of the soil for liquid waste and to determine the number of bedrooms a septic system placed on this property will accommodate.

The results are documented by the Health Department Sanitarian for future use at the time of a building permit application and used to design a septic system for the property.
  • Applicants must submit a percolation letter that they will receive from the Plan Review Office after the plans/plats are reviewed and approved by that office.  The letter will indicate the fees that are needed.  Payments will not be accepted without the letter being presented.
  • Fee will be determined by septic area sizing
  • This fee can be paid in the form of cash, check or credit card (Mastercard or Visa only)  
  • It is also necessary for the applicant to choose a backhoe operator for the excavation. This work may also be done by the homeowner.
  • The backhoe operator must contact the Health Department Sanitarian to set up an appointment for testing to take place. This service is done on a first come, first serve basis and an appointment is necessary.
Percolation test
man testing the soil