Septic System Management

Subsurface Sewage Treatment System (SSTS)

The Beltrami County Subsurface Sewage Treatment System Ordinance #32 and local sewage treatment system program regulates the siting, design, installation, alteration, operation, inspection, maintenance, monitoring, and management of the subsurface sewage treatment system on all lands in the county except incorporated areas that administer a program by ordinance within their jurisdiction.

The construction, installation, modification, and operation of a subsurface sewage treatment system requires a permit from the Beltrami County Environmental Services Department. The Environmental Services Department is responsible for the administration of the SSTS program plus all provisions of the Ordinance.

All Subsurface Sewage Treatment System (SSTS) Documents can be found in the Document Center, under Environmental Services - shoreland, land & building use, permits.

Additional Resources:

St. Louis County Septic System Videos

Environmental Protection Agency Septic Systems (Onsite/Deceontralized Systems)

University of Minnesota Onsite Sewage Treatment Program

Septic System Compliance Inspections

  • When do I need a Compliance Inspection?

    There are several events that may require an inspection to be completed by a state licensed inspector.  The inspection process should be the same regardless of which private inspector completes it. The most common triggers are:

      1. Property Transfers

      2. Shoreland Permit Applications

      3. Reutilization of an Existing Septic System

  • Why do I need a Compliance Inspection?

    Septic system compliance inspections ensure that your system is still functioning properly and not causing any potential pollution to surface or ground water or public health concerns.  A septic inspection is a review of 3 basic compliance components:

      1. Impact on Public Health - Does this system leak to the ground surface? Back-up into the home? 

      2. Soil Separation - systems are required to have 3 foot separation between the bottom of the system and the limiting soil condition.

      3. Tank Integrity & Other Compliance Conditions - tanks must be water-tight in order to be determined compliant and other physical components (electrical, maintenance covers, etc.) that are structurally unsound or unsafe.

  • Certificates of Compliance - Upon receiving a compliant septic certification from your inspector, a certificate of compliance will be recognized for 3 years from the date of the inspection. 
  • Certificates of Non-Compliance - A notice of non-compliance will be sent to the property owner upon receipt of non-compliance from the inspector.