A Cape Girardeau County Ordinance Regulating the Construction, Modification, Repair, and Location of On-Site Sewage Systems in Cape Girardeau County, and which adopts Missouri State Law and Department of Health Regulations Governing On-Site Septic Systems requires a Permit and an Inspection by an Environmental Public Health Specialist. The Ordinance was adopted by the Cape Girardeau County Commissioners on October 30, 2003 and applies to:

All properties generating 3000 gallons or less of wastewater each day, except where the Missouri Department of Natural Resources may have precedence.

Procedures for obtaining a permit for construction of a new septic system or repair of an existing system in Cape Girardeau County are outlined below.

Step 1

Permit fee in the amount of $125.00 paid to Cape County Public Health Center, 1121 Linden Street, Cape Girardeau, Missouri. Fee can be paid by cash or money order, and is non-refundable. Permit expires one year from date of application. Property owner’s name and site address must be made available to the Health Department. Septic system must be installed by a STATE LICENSED INSTALLER who also holds a Cape Girardeau County license.

   
Step 2 Upon receipt of the permit fee and required information, an On-Site Sewage Treatment and Disposal System Construction Application will be distributed to the applicant/installer, and an Environmental Public Health Specialist will be assigned to monitor construction and offer technical assistance.
Step 3 Return the completed Application together with a Soil Morphology Report or Perc Test to the Cape Girardeau County Public Health Center. The completed paperwork shall be submitted to the Health Center before a site visit is scheduled and in adequate time (minimum 24 hours) to allow the Environmental Public Health Specialist an opportunity to review.
Step 4 After the Application and appropriate documents have been reviewed by the Environmental Public Health Specialist, and after a satisfactory site visit, the Environmental Public Health Specialist will issue the Permit for Construction. NO CONSTRUCTION WORK should be started on the proposed septic system UNTIL the PERMIT FOR CONSTRUCTION has been issued.
Step 5

The installer or homeowner shall contact the Environmental Public Health Specialist BEFORE construction begins, in order to give the Environmental Public Health Specialist an opportunity to inspect during construction.

Step 6

Upon completion of the septic system, the Environmental Public Health Specialist will forward to the homeowner or installer a final inspection form.


CAPE GIRARDEAU COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH CENTER ’S
ON-SITE SEWAGE PERMIT AND FEE POLICY

  1. No out of state checks will be accepted for septic permit application fees.

  2. The Permit Application fee is non-refundable, non-transferable, and non-exchangeable. In the event there is a change of installer or a monetary dispute of any kind involving installers and the property owner, the Cape Girardeau County Public Health Center assumes NO RESPONSIBILITY and will not transfer, refund, or exchange the permit application fee. Any monetary differences shall be strictly between the homeowner and the installers, and any exchange or reimbursement of funds shall be strictly between the homeowner and the installers.

  3. In the event there is a change of installer, AFTER the Cape Girardeau County Environmental Public Health Specialist has issued the “Permit for Construction”, the ORIGINAL construction permit will become NULL and VOID, and the Environmental Public Health Specialist will issue a DUPLICATE “Permit for Construction” for the same site address.

  4. If, for any reason, no Permit for Construction is issued by a Cape Girardeau County Public Health Specialist within one year after purchase of application for permit and payment of septic permit fee, the application expires and becomes null and void, and the application permit fee is relinquished to the Cape Girardeau County Public Health Center.
To read the entire Cape Girardeau County On-Site Sewage Ordinance (Ordinance 03-02), click HERE.

In addition, to find the Missouri State Laws Governing On-Site Sewage Systems, please click here.

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Onsite Soil Evaluator List