Septic Installation

Step 1: Get Trained and Certified

Get trained and certified by the Berkshire County Board of Health Association. Contact Lydia Shulman for more information on upcoming courses.

(413) 442-1521 ext. 60

Step 2: Get an Installers Permit

An Installers Permit will be required from each Board of Health where you want to work. You must fill in all of the required information and include copies of your Workman’s Comp.

Step 3: Get a Disposal Works Construction Permit

Get a dispoal works construction permit before beginning construction. Each installation MUST have a currently licensed installer on the job. All septic system work outside the house may require a BOH permit. Call the BOH. You are responsible for getting the septic permit before beginning construction. A building permit does not mean a current septic permit. Failure to have a valid permit shall mean a fine and possible revocation of your permit to install. The Installer is also responsible for complying with the Wetlands Protection Act. This means that you may also need permission from the Conservation Commission before beginning work. Ask if you are unsure.

Step 4: Read the Permit

Check that the date and plan number on your permit match the plans you have. Read and follow all special conditions. Most Boards will be looking to make sure you have:

Step 5: Call Before Beginning Construction

The Board of Health wants to be able to schedule your job and may want to inspect the excavation and/or fill operation. If you don’t call, the Board of Health may ask you to dig up the field or may levy a fine.

Step 6: Keep a Copy of the Permit and Final Plans on Site

The Board of Health may require you to show them to the BOH Inspector during an inspection, especially if you have called at the last minute for an inspection.

Step 7: Final Inspections

Final inspections should be scheduled after all of the work is done. It is a good idea to call the health agent and engineer the day before you think you will be done so they can schedule the inspection. Don’t cover anything until both the engineer and health agent approve the installation. Having water on site for the d-box inspection will make things go more quickly. BOH expects the installation to be substantially according to the plans unless you have called the engineer and the Health Department and received a change order. Call if you are having problems before you proceed with the installation (ex. ledge, water, fill, old septic system, etc.).

Step 8: Submit

Submit a final installer’s certification letter with a copy of the as-built ties for the BOH files.