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Beltrami County Environmental Services

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.  Holding Tanks, Outhouses, and Privies are also types of regulated septic systems.

The construction, installation, modification, and operation of a subsurface sewage treatment system requires a Septic Permit Application 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.

Septic System Compliance Inspections are required when: 1) Property is transferred 2) A Building Permit Application is submitted and 3)Reutilization or repair of an existing system is requested.

If you live in one of these areas and need septic information, please contact

Zone Area




City of Bemidji


City of Bemidji
317 4th St NW
Bemidji, MN 56601

Phone: 218-759-3560

City of Wilton 

City of Wilton
195 Melby Ln SW
Wilton, MN 56601

Phone: 218-444-9110


Additional Resources

Environmental Protection Agency Septic Systems (Onsite/Decentralized Systems)

University of Minnesota Onsite Sewage Treatment Program

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