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Septic Regulations in Louisiana

Septic System Ownership in Louisiana

Louisiana is home to five major rivers including the Mississippi, the Atchafalaya, the Ouachita, the Sabine, and the Red River. Because the state also has a number of major lakes and borders the Gulf of Mexico, proper sewage disposal is crucial to protect the natural water resources in the area. The Department of Health & Hospital's Sanitation Services, along with local health departments, regulates septic systems in Louisiana.

Regulation of Septic Systems / Septic Contractors in Louisiana

Title 51 of the Louisiana Administrative Code houses all the regulations that relate to septic systems. The 362-page document includes regulations for everything from the disposal of dead bodies to the sanitary requirements for tattoo artists. Individual sewage systems are discussed in Chapter 7 of Part XIII.

Licensure Requirements for Septic System Contractors

In Louisiana, professionals and homeowners who install septic systems must be licensed. An installer's basic license allows for the installation and maintenance of septic tanks with field lines, septic tanks with oxidation ponds, septic tanks with sand filters, and limited use systems. The fee for a basic license is $100.00, and it must be renewed every five years.

Homeowners can also install and maintain their own mechanical treatment plants if they obtain a license. The licensing procedure requires taking an Installer's Workshop and receiving a passing grade of 70%. Homeowners must provide documentation from the workshop with their application and must submit an endorsement from a licensed manufacturer for the brand of individual mechanical plant the homeowner plans to install. The homeowner's license costs $100 and is good for five years.

How to File a Complaint

If you are concerned that a local septic system may pose a health risk, your first step is to contact your local county health department. If they cannot help, then contact The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals Office of Public Health Sanitarian Services.

Louisiana Department of Health & Hospitals
Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 629
Baton Rouge, LA 70821-0629

Phone: (225)342-9500
Fax: (225)342-5568

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