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.

Procedure

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.

Step 1: Permit Fee - $125.00

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.

Step 2: Specialist Assignment

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.

Step 3: Construction Application

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.

Step 4: Construction Permit

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.

Step 5: Construction

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.

Step 6: Final Inspection

Upon completion of the septic system, the Environmental Public Health Specialist will forward to the homeowner or installer a final inspection form.

Permit & Fee Policy

The Cape Girardeau County Public Health Center's On-Site Sewage Permit and Fee Policy states the following:

  1. No out of state checks will be accepted for septic permit application fees.
  2. The permit application fee is non-refundable, non-transferable, and non-exchangeable. In the event there is a change of installer or a monetary dispute of any kind involving installers and the property owner, the Cape Girardeau County Public Health Center assumes NO RESPONSIBILITY and will not transfer, refund, or exchange the permit application fee. Any monetary differences, exchange, or reimbursement of funds shall be strictly between the homeowner and the installers.
  3. In the event there is a change of installer AFTER the Cape Girardeau County Environmental Public Health Specialist has issued the Permit for Construction, the ORIGINAL construction permit will become NULL and VOID, and the Environmental Public Health Specialist will issue a DUPLICATE Permit for Construction for the same site address.
  4. If, for any reason, no Permit for Construction is issued by a Cape Girardeau County Public Health Specialist within one year after purchase of application for permit and payment of septic permit fee, the application expires and becomes null and void, and the application permit fee is relinquished to the Cape Girardeau County Public Health Center.
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