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Sewage Treatment Systems – Information for Installers, Service Providers and Septage Haulers

Ohio Revised Code Chapter 3718 and Ohio Administrative Code Rule 3701-29-03 requires the registration of sewage treatment system installers, service providers and septage haulers with each local health district where they perform work.  Contractors must apply for a separate registration for each category of work performed prior to conducting work in a health district. 

An installer is defined as:

(FFF) “Installer” means any person who engages in the business of installing or altering or who, as an employee of another, installs or alters any sewage treatment system or gray water recycling system.

A service provider is defined as:

(OOOO)“Service provider” means any person who services, monitors, evaluates or samples, but does not install or alter, sewage treatment systems or gray water recycling systems.  For the purpose of this chapter, service provider shall include a homeowner servicing his own system to meet the requirement of a service contract for product approval or demonstration of maintenance for an O&M program established in accordance with rule 3701-29-19 of the Administrative Code.

A septage hauler is defined as:

(JJJJ) “Septage hauler” means any person who engages in the collection, transportation, disposal, and/or land application of domestic septage.  A septage hauler may also evaluate and report on the condition of any tank they are pumping.

All sewage treatment systems installers, septage haulers, and service providers are required to take a state exam. A homeowner that wants to install and or service their own system must also take the exam. 

All sewage treatment system installers/septage haulers and service providers are required to obtain a state surety bond.

Effective January 1, 2016, all contractors must submit proof of general liability insurance and obtain at least six (6) hours of continuing education (CE) for registration each calendar year. 

Please see the information below and the navigation links to the left for more information.

The sewage contractor registration fact sheet provides a complete description of the registration requirements.

The following link is a chart of the Sewage Treatment System's Contractors' allowable activities by category of registration.

The following link is a guidance chart for the type of Certifications/Qualifications required for STS Service Providers.

Here is a link to the Septage Hauler Frequently Asked Questions 

page updated 05/31/18