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On-Site Sewage Facilities (Septic Systems): General Information

Includes details about licensing and pumping companies, how often OSSF rules change, subdivision development, and links to rules.

Should I pump my septic tank?

It is recommended that you pump your septic tank every three to five years to prevent short-circuiting of the treatment process. Access the online database to obtain a list of registered sludge transporters in your area.

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How do I become a sludge hauler?

To become an authorized sludge hauler, please refer to our step by step guide.

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How can I verify if someone is licensed as an installer?

Search the on-line database for installers in your area.

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How can I verify if someone is registered as an apprentice?

Search the on-line database for registered apprentices.

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Where can I view the statute that created the OSSF program?

Texas Health and Safety Code, Chapter 366 Exit the TCEQ.

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Where can I view the OSSF rules?

Title 30, Texas Administrative Code Chapter 285 Exit the TCEQ.

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How often do the OSSF rules change?

The rules are reviewed every four years for their effectiveness and clarity.

A decision is made if a change in the rules is needed. If a change is needed:

  • The proposed change (along with any others proposed) is posted in the Texas Register for public comment.
  • The proposed changes are mailed out to all the local permitting authorities for public review.
  • Within six months from the date the notice for public comment is given:
    • the proposed changes are revised in response to public comment and adopted, or
    • the process starts over.

View proposed changes to the OSSF rules.

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What are the OSSF requirements in other states?

View the OSSF requirements in other states Exit the TCEQ.

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Who else can I talk to?

The On-Site Sewage Facilities Contacts can help you.

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