OSSF Permitting process

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OSSF Permitting Process



Brazoria County On-Site Sewage Facility (OSSF ) Permitting Process


An OSSF permit is required prior to installation of the OSSF and issuance of a Building permit.  To obtain an OSSF permit, please submit a permit application package as outlined below.  Application packages must be submitted for review in person or by mail.  Initial submissions will not be accepted via email.  An existing OSSF without a permit cannot be retroactively permitted.


Permit Reviews are conducted Monday through Friday with a minimum of two Designated Representatives reviewing each application.  Permit Fees will be due only after the permit application packet has been submitted, reviewed and approved.   An Authorization to Construct will be given upon approval and payment.


Once the OSSF has been inspected and given Final approval, OSSF permits are transferrable to the future property owners.   However, a new permit application must be submitted if plans are to alter, repair, or extend the OSSF.


There are exceptions to the permitting process.  No planning materials, permit or inspection is required for an OSSF for a single family dwelling located on a tract of land that is ten acres or larger, provided that: the tract of land is one single tract (not several tracts that comprise 10 acres or more); all parts of the OSSF are at least 100 feet within the property boundaries, the OSSF is for a single family dwelling and it is the only dwelling located on that tract; and all other applicable rules and regulations are followed.


Documents to be submitted:


  1. Permit Application with a 911 compliant address.
  2. Installer and maintenance provider (if required) must be registered with the County.
  3. Copy of most recent survey if available and legal description of property.
  4. Site Evaluation by Professional Engineer or Licensed Site Evaluator.
  5. Design package (to scale) prepared by Registered Sanitarian or Professional Engineer (as required) with the entire tract of land shown and all features required according to Title 30 TAC Chapter 285.5. Existing Structures and utilities must be identified on the design.
  6. Recorded Affidavit to Public (if required)
  7. Maintenance Contract (if required)
  8. Well Log (if required)
  9. Recorded Joinder signed by all deed holders (if Home/OSSF crosses property line) BCEH can prepare this document.
  10. Recorded Plat for Recent Property Division or ETJ requirements (if needed)
  11. If the design proposes more than one mobile home, approval for Mobile Home Park from Engineering Department or recorded affidavits for family usage. (provided by BCEH)