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What are the septic laws in Elkhart Indiana?

Since most homeowners don’t regularly install septic systems and maintenance usually requires just pumping and cleaning once a year, they may not really know much about the septic laws in their community. Typically, a city or county sets the septic regulations for their area. For the most part, Elkhart’s septic laws mirror those of surrounding communities. 

why is it important to follow septic laws?

If you think about it, cities enforce septic laws to protect the community. A sewage disposal system that leaks into public water supplies could cause widespread contamination. So as you work to comply with the regulations, keep in mind that the hassle of compliance really means you are contributing to the greater good.

how to get a septic permit in elkhart

The city of Elkhart requires that homeowners obtain a permit before installing a replacement sewage system. To acquire the permit, you should have a soil sample evaluated by a Registered Soil Scientist. Additionally, a member of the ECHD staff must review the analysis of the soil. Once they evaluate and review the soil sample, the homeowner may then send in a permit request form. The ECHD then reviews the form along with the soil sample to determine if you qualify for a permit.

If you own in a business or are installing a septic system in new construction, you may need to take additional steps before obtaining a permit.


Maintaining septic equipment in a commercial building also requires soil samples to be evaluated by a Registered Soil Scientist. The Indiana State Health Department reviews the soil sample. Additionally, a “to scale” drawing of the building and the septic system must be sent in with a fee.

Residential/Commercial New Construction

Installing a new septic system is similar to the process of maintaining or replacing an older system. Permits must be applied for. Soil samples must be taken and evaluated. “To scale” drawings of the building and septic system must be submitted. Finally, forms and fees must be turned in to the ECHD.

Can You “Do it Yourself?”

The city of Elkhart, IN, allows homeowners to install and maintain their home septic system. However, they must apply for the permits and follow the community guidelines. For convenience’s sake, their website lists the permits required and the steps necessary. The site also lists contact information for homeowners who have any further questions.

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