Allen County Private Sewage Disposal Ordinance

The Allen County Board of Commissioners recently approved changes to the county ordinance regarding private sewage disposal systems. These changes take effect March 1, 2012.

One of the changes to the ordinance is a requirement that a disclosure form be provided to a prospective buyer whenever a property being offered for sale is serviced by an onsite sewage system. The form alerts the buyer that the property is not connected to a public sewer and recommends an evaluation of the onsite sewage system before entering into an agreement to purchase the property.

By rule, the seller (or the seller’s agent) must provide the disclosure form to the buyer before an offer for the sale of real estate is accepted. Should the buyer request an inspection, the seller must allow a qualified inspector to evaluate the onsite sewage system prior to closing the sale. The Department of Health maintains a list of certified inspectors and can provide this list to any person who makes a request.

Although this is a new requirement in Allen County, it is a common practice in many communities. If you have any questions about this form or any other issues related to the private sewage system ordinance, please call the Department of Health at (260) 449-7530.