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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
Shoreland Permit Analyst
481 Summer Street, Suite 8
St. Johnsbury, VT. 05819
Foresight Engineering Service, LLC
1753 Old Silo Road
Waterford, VT. 05819
Tata & Howard
36 Eastern Avenue
St. Johnsbury VT. 05819
Ruggles Engineering Services Inc.
1667 Shadow Lake Road
Glover, VT. 05839
Phone: (802) 525-9130
Ruggles Engineering Services Homepage