Onsite Wastewater Frequently Asked Questions 

Q: Where do I get a copy of my septic tank permit?

Answer: Call the health unit in the county where the property is located and ask for the Onsite Environmental Specialist.  It will help if you know what year the home was built, the subdivision name & lot number, and the name of the original owner or developer.

Local Health Units

Q: What’s the minimum lot size for a septic system?

Answer: There is no minimum lot size.  The space required for a sewage system is determined by the suitability of the soils at the site, the number of bedrooms in the home, and the 100 foot set back from water wells.

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Q: How do I get a permit for a septic system?

Answer: Call the health unit in the county where the property is located and ask for the Onsite Environmental Specialist.  They will give you a list of the private individuals in your area that are licensed to do soil tests and design sewage systems.

Local Health Units

Q: Where do I get a list of individuals that design septic systems?

Answer: Call the health unit in the county where the property is located and ask for the Onsite Environmental Specialist. They will give you a list of the private individuals in your area that are licensed to do soil tests and design sewage systems.

Local Health Units

Q: Where do I get a list of people that install septic systems?

Answer: Call the health unit in the county where the property is located and ask for the Onsite Environmental Specialist

Local Health Units

Q: How do I get a Designated Representative License?

Answer: Act 402 of 1977 defines and lists the qualifications for Designated Representatives.  Registered Professional Engineers, Registered Professional Land Surveyors, Registered Professional Sanitarians, and Licensed Master Plumbers.  Similarly qualified individuals with education and experience in soil science are considered on a case by case basis.  The applicant must successfully complete of a licensing examination administered four times a year, by a committee of Registered Professional Sanitarians employed by the Department.  The examination test dates are posted on the Training and Examination page.  For more information contact Environmental Health Protection.

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Q: How do I get a Septic Tank Installer License?

Answer: Act 402 of 1977 requires that septic tank installer applicants must pass a licensing examination administered by the Department.  The examination is administered ten times a year, January through October, at a predetermined time and location.  The examination test dates are posted on the Training and Examination page

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Q: How do I get an Onsite Maintenance Provider License?

Answer: Act 402 of 1977 requires that onsite maintenance provider applicants must pass a licensing examination administered by the Department.  A training CD is available, on request, by contacting the Onsite Waste Program at the number listed below.  The examination is administered ten times a year, January through October, at a predetermined time and location.  The examination test dates are posted on the Training and Examination page.

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Q: How do I get a Septic Tank Manufacturing License?

Answer: Persons or companies wishing to manufacture and/or distribute septic tanks in Arkansas may obtain information on requirements and pre-licensing inspections by contacting the Onsite Waste Program at the number listed below.

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Q: How do I get a Septic Tank Cleaning License?

Answer: Persons or companies cleaning or pumping septic tanks, holding tanks, marine sanitation devices, and/or portable toilets must obtain a Septic Tank Cleaner License for the Department.  Act 71 of 1973 requires that septic tank cleaner applicants must pass a licensing examination administered by the Department prior to licensing.  The examination is administered ten times a year, January through October, at a predetermined time and location.  The examination test dates are posted on the Training and Examination page.

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Q: How do I submit plans for a subdivision?

Answer: Please see Engineering Subdivision Plan Review Guidelines

Q: How do I submit plans for a mobile home or recreational vehicle park?

Answer: See Guidelines for Sumbission of Plans for Mobile Home and Recreational Vehicle Parks >

Q: How do I submit plans for a sewage system that serves more than one building?

Answer: Non-Individual Sewage System

Q: Who do I call if I have an issue with my local Environmental Specialist?

Answer: The Regional Health Office and ask for the Regional Manager. Local Health Units

Q: Why does the Health Department require soil pits instead of percolation tests?

Answer: Percolation test provide only a rough estimate of a soil’s ability to move water.  The Designated Representative and the Environmental Specialist use the soil pits to determine the depths to rock, any impervious soil layers, and the anticipated level of ground water in the wet periods of the year.  This additional information results in sewage system design that overcomes the soil’s limitations.

Q: Is there an exemption from getting a septic system permit?

Answer: The exemption applies to a single residence located on ten or more acres where all parts of the sewage system are more than 200 feet from any property line, including roads.  The exemption is only for obtaining a permit.  The property owner is still required to install and operate the sewage system in a manner that meets state requirements and does not cause a nuisance.  A letter stating that the property is exempt from the permit requirement may be obtained from the local Health Unit.  This exemption does not apply to any other state or federal requirements.

Local Health Units
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