• Locations & Hours:
    Reibold Building
    117 S Main Street Dayton, Ohio 45422
    Office Hours
    • Monday8:00am - 11:30am
      12:30pm - 4:00pm
    • Tuesday8:00am - 11:30am
      12:30pm - 4:00pm
    • Wednesday8:00am - 11:30am
      12:30pm - 4:00pm
    • Thursday8:00am - 11:30am
      12:30pm - 4:00pm
    • Friday8:00am - 11:30am
      12:30pm - 4:00pm
  • Contact - Phone Number : 937-225-4428
  • Introduction:

    Household Sewage Treatment System Program ensures that septic systems and private wells are designed and installed under permit and in accordance with state and local regulations. Public Health also investigates sewage nuisance complaints and consults with homeowners on replacing their septic system.

    Public Health is revamping the Septic System Operation and Maintenance (O&M) Program. O&M is a state-mandated program and requires all local health departments to develop and administer an operation and maintenance permit for all Household Sewage Treatment Systems (HSTS) in their jurisdiction and provide education to homeowners. The purpose of the O&M program is to keep the water in Montgomery County clean by reducing how much these systems affect the environment and help homeowners understand and maintain their systems.

    Public Health - Dayton & Montgomery County works to protect people and the environment by making sure that HSTS work as designed - if HSTS don't work properly, they may negatively impact local watersheds by adding bacteria and pollution. PHDMC is responsible for overseeing the proper maintenance of any HSTS.

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Sewage Treatment Systems

Household Sewage Treatment System Program ensures that septic systems and private wells are designed and installed under permit and in accordance with state and local regulations. Public Health also investigates sewage nuisance complaints and consults with homeowners on replacing their septic system.

Public Health is revamping the Septic System Operation and Maintenance (O&M) Program. O&M is a state-mandated program and requires all local health departments to develop and administer an operation and maintenance permit for all Household Sewage Treatment Systems (HSTS) in their jurisdiction and provide education to homeowners. The purpose of the O&M program is to keep the water in Montgomery County clean by reducing how much these systems affect the environment and help homeowners understand and maintain their systems.

Public Health - Dayton & Montgomery County works to protect people and the environment by making sure that HSTS work as designed - if HSTS don't work properly, they may negatively impact local watersheds by adding bacteria and pollution. PHDMC is responsible for overseeing the proper maintenance of any HSTS.

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Reibold Building
117 S Main Street Dayton, Ohio 45422
Office Hours
  • Monday8:00am - 11:30am
    12:30pm - 4:00pm
  • Tuesday8:00am - 11:30am
    12:30pm - 4:00pm
  • Wednesday8:00am - 11:30am
    12:30pm - 4:00pm
  • Thursday8:00am - 11:30am
    12:30pm - 4:00pm
  • Friday8:00am - 11:30am
    12:30pm - 4:00pm

Public Health’s Office of Environmental Health provides a convenient online payment option for license and permit payments. The options available are Credit Card, Personal Check (Homeowner submittal)or Business Check.

Electronic Payments

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes. Much like changing the engine oil in a vehicle, cleaning a septic tank is preventive maintenance which should be done periodically.

It depends on how large the tank is, how large the family is, and how much extra material (garbage, trash) goes down the drain. On average 3-5 years is about right for most households. For more details see OSU Extension Bulletin AEX-0740-01 Septic Tank Maintenance.

No. Added yeast, enzymes, and bacteria do no harm, but are usually not beneficial to system functioning.

Yes! Partially treated sewage bubbling to the surface is a health hazard to the community and corrective action is needed. Evaluation by a professional will be needed to determine whether the correction will involve a simple repair, an alteration or replacement of the system.

All household sewage system contractors must be registered and bonded with Public Health to perform work in Montgomery County. See the lists of registered installers, septage haulers (tank cleaners) and service providers available above.

A permit is needed to install a new system and to replace or alter an existing system. Tank cleaning or a minor repair does not require a permit.

No. Use of the old-fashioned percolation test was discontinued in Montgomery County effective January 1, 2007. It was replaced with an evaluation by a trained soil scientist to determine the soil characteristics for sewage disposal on a building site. You will also need to employ a consulting designer to design the system based on the soil evaluation.

No. Previous perc tests were honored until January 1, 2012. Design plans approved between January 1, 2007 and January 1, 2015 will be honored until January 1, 2017. Otherwise, sites will need to be reevaluated by a soil scientist to determine what sewage system would match the site.

No. The type of system required depends on the soil characteristics on the site. Leach fields may still be used unless the soil is too shallow over a limiting condition (such as bedrock, heavy clay or water table.)

In Montgomery County, soil evaluators must be professionally certified, and designers must be capable of interpreting soil evaluations and preparing design plans. Public Health has a list available of certified soil scientists and designers active in the area who can perform the necessary consulting work. See 'Consultant List – Sewage Treatment' under 'Files' below.