If you are thinking of buying or selling your rural home or lake property, you need to be aware of the new rules and regulations of subsurface sewage treatment systems, or more commonly known as septic systems.  I will be writing a three part series over the next week to help you understand the recent ordinance, how the ordinance affects buying or selling a property with a septic system, and how to continue to care for your septic in the future.

In February 2014 Saint Louis County established new rules to ensure septic systems are compliant with Minnesota state laws to protect our area groundwater.  Officially known as Subsurface Sewage Treatment System Ordinance 61, the new ordinance removes provisions that are better addressed in the County’s zoning laws, broadens the use of holding tanks, changes point of sale requirements, and allows local system design considerations.

Septic Ordinance 61 is designed to regulate the site of the system, design, installation, alterations made to the system, operation, maintenance, monitoring, and management of all septic systems in the jurisdiction of Saint Louis County and in accordance with Minnesota state laws.

Part 2 of this series will focus specifically on the point of sale portion of Ordinance 61 and how it will affect you when buying or selling a home with a septic system.