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On-Site Sewage

On-Site Sewage

The Lincoln Trail District Health Department Environmental office provides inspections and permitting for on-site sewage disposal systems including septic systems in Hardin, LaRue, Marion, Meade, Nelson, and Washington Counties.  

Professionals at the  health department help with everything from evaluating a potential site for your system to providing advice for keeping your system well maintained.

If properly designed, constructed and maintained, a septic system can provide long-term and effective treatment of wastewater for homes or businesses without access to city sewage.  What goes down your drain has a big impact on your septic system.

Septic System Layouts

Below are some examples of different types of septic systems layouts.

Approval Process for a New Septic System

  1. A person, or their agent, applies for a site evaluation from the Health Department. Site evaluation requests may be submitted online or completed at your local Environmental office. Items required on the application include:
    • Specific address and/or location of the site.
    • Site boundary lines and dimensions of site should be staked, and a survey plat copy submitted.
    • Locations of existing structures, wells, ponds, streams, easements, roads, drives, etc., if present.
    • Proposed or existing location of structure to be served by the system, and proposed system location marked (area to be tested).  Also mark any proposed alternative area.
    • For homes: Number of bedrooms, if a garbage disposal will be installed and if the house will have a basement.
      For commercial use: Type of business, number of employees and shifts, type of plumbing fixtures proposed and related information.
  2. Site evaluation fee of $300 must be paid when the application is submitted.
  3. If the site evaluation results reveal that there is a usable area for possible septic system installation, then the inspector will mark that area. This area is not to be disturbed by grading, heavy equipment traffic, placement of building materials or any related action. This is to prevent compaction and soil structure damage that could negatively affect the system’s ability to function. Any disturbance to the approved area in the manner described could void the site evaluation.
  4. A copy of the site evaluation report will be provided to the applicant. If the installer or applicant has any questions regarding such information, please contact the health inspector for additional information.
  5. If the site received a suitable or provisionally suitable overall rating, then the certified installer may apply at the Health Department for a permit to install the septic system. At that time, all required paperwork must be submitted along with the permit fee. Permit will be based on site evaluation findings regarding site characteristics and the installer’s system design proposal.
  6. Once the installer puts in the septic system, they must then request an inspection from the Health Department before any of the work is covered.

Fees & Applications

Site evaluation requests are now available online. Please click the button below to complete the application online.

If you already have a drawing or plat you may take a photo of it and attach it to the application directly. Payment will be taken at the end of the online application.

This chart shows fees associated with the onsite sewage program. There are several ways to pay for environmental fees, including cash, check, money order, or credit card. All fees must be paid prior to performing a site evaluation, issuing a permit, performing an existing system inspection, and any other onsite sewage related service performed by the Lincoln Trail District Health Department. Please note that there is a 5% fee for all credit card payments.

Existing System Inspections

Existing septic systems may need to be inspected due to the sale of a home; when building an addition; or rebuilding of a home after a natural disaster.  The fee is $100.00 payable by check, money order, or card payment.  There is a 5% fee on all card payments. Click below to apply for an inspection or contact the county health department where the property is located. 

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On-Site Sewage

The Lincoln Trail District Health Department Environmental office provides inspections for septic systems in Hardin, LaRue, Marion, Meade, Nelson, and Washington Counties.

Public Swimming Pools & Beaches

All public swimming and bathing facilities are routinely inspected for water quality, safety, proper function, overall cleanliness and other items that may affect public health.

Tattoos & Piercing

Local health departments register and inspect tattoo, body piercing and ear piercing studios. All providers must be registered with their local health department and working in a permitted studio. 

Rabies (Animal Bites)

All non-domesticated or “wild animals” must immediately be sacrificed and tested in the State Rabies Laboratory. Domesticated farm animals are evaluated on a case by case basis.


We inspect all private and parochial schools serving kindergarten through 12th grade twice each year to ensure compliance with Kentucky school sanitation regulation.

Hotels & Motels

Hotels and motels are inspected annually. Areas of the inspection include safety, cleanliness, lighting, supplies, bedding, ice machines and laundry areas.

Mobile Home & RV Parks

Mobile home parks and recreational vehicle parks are inspected annually to ensure facilities are maintained, sanitary and safe. Follow-up inspections are conducted as needed.

Youth Camps

Local health departments inspect both residential and day camp facilities to ensure compliance with state regulation.

Private Water Testing

The Lincoln Trail District Health Department provides water testing for private water supplies, wells, or cisterns. The cost associated with sampling is $50.

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