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Well and Septic Permitting Information

First, submit an application for a well and/or septic permit. An acceptable site plan and payment of permit fee must be included.

A Department of Environmental Services (DES) representative will evaluate the site for well and septic suitability. If the lot is suitable, a permit is issued and the building permit may be issued. The permit will be mailed. If your lot is denied, you may appeal the process.

Once you receive the permit, forward to your chosen well contractor. Once the well has been constructed, it will undergo a DES inspection.

Next, your chosen pump installer will install the pump and the owner contacts DES to do another inspection. This inspection must be done within 72 hours of completion. If it fails inspection, a re0inspection fee is assessed.

A sample analysis must be obtained and must meet water quality standards as described in “Regulation governing well construction and groundwater protection in Wake County.  This must be completed before the Certificate of Occupancy (CO) can be issued. Please note that power to the well must be provided for the sample to be collected.