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Septic Tanks- Onsite Sewage Treatment & Disposal Systems

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In order to maintain a healthy environment, onsite sewage treatment and disposal systems (septic systems) must be properly installed, monitored, and maintained.

The Polk County Health Department inspects, evaluates, and permits the installation of all new and repaired septic systems in the county. These services are important to the public’s health to ensure germs that cause disease stay out of our drinking water.

Only Registered Septic Tank Contractors or Licensed Plumbers are permitted to work on OSTDS.

Permits must be obtained from the health department to install or make repairs to these systems. A homeowner may make repairs only on his personally occupied residence.

The Polk County Health Department’s Onsite Sewage Program works to ensure the health of residents by monitoring septic tanks which can be an environmental source of disease.

Septic tank permits can be obtained at the following locations:

Bartow Environmental Health Office
2090 East Clower St.
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM, Monday – Friday
Phone: (863) 519-8330

For additional information on onsite sewage treatment system permits, statutes, rules, and forms visit

For information about inspections, call (863) 519-8330.

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