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On-Site Sewage Facilities (Including Septic Systems)

Permitting, maintenance, and construction requirements for on-site sewage facilities-including septic systems. Information for local governments wanting to become authorized agents of TCEQ so they can run their OSSF program. Information about how to make a complaint related to these facilities.

Rule Changes Project

This staff-initiated rulemaking project will improve the clarity and consistency of the rules, reflect current practices and capabilities, and implement legislative input. Staff estimates for it to be completed December 2024.

OSSF Petitions Project

This rulemaking project—initiated by petitions—was completed July 2023.

Information for Homeowners

What to do if you need to choose, install, or maintain an on-site sewage facility (OSSF or septic system).

Information for Licensees

If you hold or would like to acquire an OSSF license, find out how to get training, pay fees, or renew your license.

Information for Regulators

Find licensed OSSF professionals, TCEQ-approved products, reporting information, and rules.

Getting a Permit for an On-Site Sewage Facility - Such as a Septic System

Permitting for on-site sewage facilities, including septic systems, pump-out stations, holding tanks, and hauling systems

Permitting Data for On-Site Sewage Facilities (Septic Systems)

Annual data reports of types of on-site sewage facilities (OSSF) or septic systems installed by county and by year.

Pay OSSF Applications online via ePay

COVID19 OSSF Guidance