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Septic Systems Ownership In Illinois

The Environmental Protection Agency created the Illinois Pollution Control Board (IPCB) in 1970, an independent agency charged with regulating activities that affect the environment. The IPCB's mission is "To restore, protect, and enhance the environment for all Illinois citizens." The maintenance and ownership of septic tanks falls under the jurisdiction of the board.

Regulation of Septic Systems in Illinois

The regulation of septic systems is described in Title 35 of the Illinois Administrative Code. In particular, the code ensures that individuals who work in this area are qualified to perform the relevant jobs. Anyone involved in installing or extending sewage facilities is required to have a permit. Fees for permits range from $50 to $1200 depending on the size of the population the sewage system will serve.

Licensure Requirements for Septic System Contractors

To become a certified septic contractor in Illinois, you must complete the following steps:

  • Submit an application (which can be found at regional offices) to the operator certification unit.
  • Receive an exam admittance letter or a letter showing experience credit given and any eligibility shortfall.
  • Take the exam, if required, and pass with a mark of 70.
Detailed information can be viewed on the IPCB website.

Installing A New Septic System

To install a new septic system in Illinois you must be recognized as an individual who has a career in the wastewater treatment field. The examinations are mandatory and once you are successful at the higher level, you'll be qualified to install septic tanks across the state.

How To File A Complaint

To make a complaint about citizen pollution, contact the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency via their online complaint form or by calling 1-888-372-1996.


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