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Where's my septic tank?

If the previous homeowner did not provide this important information or you have misplaced your copy, you have several options:

  • If your home was built in the past twenty years or less, the local DHEC office may have a copy of your permit on file. Any person or organization — whether they own the property or not — can request a copy of a septic tank permit from the local office. If you have as much of the following information as possible ready at the time of your request, the search process will be much faster:

    • Tax map number
    • Lot number
    • Block number
    • Physical address
    • Date system was installed or home was built (if known)
    • Name of original permit holder (if known)
    • Subdivision name (if located in a subdivision)
  • You may also request a copy of the permit via our Freedom of Information office, but this is not necessary. To request a copy via the FOI office, please fill out and submit a copy of the DHEC FOI form. Instructions are included on the form. If possible, add the details about the property which are listed above.
  • If your home was built before 1990, look around your yard for manhole covers or lids hidden by grass or leaves.
  • You can also call a licensed septic tank inspector or pumper to help you locate your system. Your local DHEC Environmental Affairs office can provide you with a list of licensed septic tank professionals in your area.