Water / Wastewater Permitting and Engineers

Effective in September 2007 changes made to existing septic systems and installation of a new system are required to be permitted by the state of Vermont. This is often a place of concern and confusion for both buyers and sellers, our agents are knowledgeable in the process and are here to make sure you have the resources and information you need to make confident decisions.

The permitting process often looks like this:

  1. You hire an engineer along with a backhoe to visit the property and dig “test holes”. The soil is then evaluated by the engineer on site.
  2. The engineer determines the type of system needed, and can draft your design and will also submit the permit to the state of Vermont if requested.
  3. The state of Vermont reviews and then approves or may request revisions to your application.

Once your permit is approved it is valid forever. The permit follows the land, in the event you sell the property without the water/wastewater in place, the permit and design remain effective. The permit is also filed in the town land records.

The following are local points of contact you can use to research your needs...


St. Johnsbury Office of Natural Resources

Permit Specialist
(802) 751-0127

Helpful Hints

  • Use this link to view the full rules and regulations regarding this law.
  • You can use the website to search for permits on file for all systems done after 2007!
  • Use this link to research drilled well

VT Department of Environmental Conservation - Watershed Management Division.

Misha Cetner
Shoreland Permit Analyst

(802) 490-6199


Dufresne Group

481 Summer Street, Suite 8
St. Johnsbury, VT. 05819
(802) 748-8605


Foresight Engineering Service, LLC

1753 Old Silo Road
Waterford, VT. 05819
(802) 748-1997

Tata & Howard

36 Eastern Avenue
St. Johnsbury VT. 05819
(802) 748-9009

Ruggles Engineering Services, Inc.

4580 Memorial Drive
St. Johnsbury, VT. 05819
(802) 748-5898

Ruggles Engineering Services, Inc

Larsen Applied Earth Sciences

Patrick Larsen. Vermont Septic Design
Hardwick VT
(802) 793-6236

Keith Johnson