A county ordinance regulates the construction, modification, repair, and location of on-site sewage systems in Cape Girardeau County. The Cape Girardeau County Ordinance was adopted by the Cape Girardeau County Commissioners on October 30, 2003 and applies to: all properties generating 3,000 gallons or less of wastewater each day, except where the Missouri Department of Natural Resources may have precedence.
The ordinance adopts Missouri State Law and Department of Health Regulations Governing On-Site Septic Systems, and requires a permit and inspection by an Environmental Public Health Specialist.
The following procedure applies to obtain a permit for construction of a new septic system or repair of an existing system in Cape Girardeau County.
Permit fee is paid to the Cape Girardeau County Public Health Center, in the form of cash or money order, and is non-refundable. Permit expires one year from the date of application. Property owner’s name and site address must be provided. Septic system must be installed by a STATE LICENSED INSTALLER who also holds a Cape Girardeau County license.
Upon receipt of the permit fee and required information, an On-Site Sewage Treatment and Disposal System Construction Application will be distributed to the applicant/installer, and an Environmental Public Health Specialist will be assigned to monitor construction and offer technical assistance.
Return the completed application together with a Soil Morphology Report or Perc Test to the Cape Girardeau County Public Health Center. The completed paperwork shall be submitted before a site visit is scheduled and in adequate time (minimum 24 hours) to allow the Environmental Public Health Specialist an opportunity to review.
After the application and appropriate documents have been reviewed by the Environmental Public Health Specialist, and after a satisfactory site visit, the Environmental Public Health Specialist will issue the Permit for Construction.
NO CONSTRUCTION WORK may start on the proposed septic system UNTIL the PERMIT FOR CONSTRUCTION has been issued.
The installer or homeowner shall contact the Environmental Public Health Specialist BEFORE construction begins, in order to give the Environmental Public Health Specialist an opportunity to inspect during construction.
Upon completion of the septic system, the Environmental Public Health Specialist will forward to the homeowner or installer a final inspection form.
The Cape Girardeau County Public Health Center's On-Site Sewage Permit and Fee Policy states the following: