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Onsite Sewage Treatment and Disposal Systems (OSTDS)

Dept. of Health Environmental Health Office

Commonly referred to as septic tanks, these systems provide a viable wastewater treatment and disposal option for residential and commercial applications when central sewage service is not available.


Effective June 1, 2015 site plans and floor plans for onsite sewage treatment and disposal systems must be no larger than 11" X 17".


All proposed new installations, repairs, modifications and approvals of existing systems require a permit from the Florida Department of Health in Hernando County.

Beginning July 1, all applications for the inspection or reinspection of a system will be made online. The application can be found by visiting 

The application for an inspection or reinspection of an OSTDS/ septic system should only be completed by a certified provider, not the homeowner or dwelling occupant. 

A step-by-step tutorial can also be found using the below images or by clicking on the link below.

 How to use the Septic Scheduling Application (pdf)

Image of a cartoon figure sitting at a table with the words posted above: How to use the Department of Health's inspection application. Click Here to open the pdf.

First, select the type of inspection you wish to schedule. Second, select the day for the inspection, Third select the available time slot for the inspection.


Next, enter your information. Use the email that you wish to have your confirmation sent to. Next provide the property information for the inspection. This must be completed to make an appointment. Next, check the first box to acknowledge the disclaimer.


Here is a confirmation of the inspection date.

Contact Information 

Permitting Engineer:

Steve Kataro: (352) 540-6844

Permitting Clerks:

Karen Gray (352) 650-6812

Terry Cook: (352) 540-6840