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How to Apply for a Well or Septic System Permit


Food & Lodging:
Scott Carpenter
Environmental Health Supervisor
Phone: (828) 465-8258
Email Scott Carpenter

Septic Systems & Wells:
Megen McBride
Environmental Health Supervisor
Phone: (828) 465-8268
Email Megen McBride

Staff Contact Info

map 25 Government Drive
Newton, NC 28658

Office Hours
Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m
  • Overview of the application, evaluation and permitting process

    You may now apply to install a well or septic system by downloading the application and bringing it to the Permit Center in the Government Center at 100-A Southwest Boulevard in Newton, or mailing it to the Environmental Health Division at PO Box 389, Newton, NC 28658, together with the permit fee and all required additional information and documents. Note: You must have Zoning approval before your application will be processed.

    When applying for well or septic system permits read the Application, Evaluation, and Permitting Procedures or Well Information sheet carefully. Applications cannot be processed until all required information is received.

    Both permits require that you include a plat or GIS printout of the property with locations of structures (or proposed structures), driveways, rights of way, existing wells or septic systems, streams, gullies, and other features drawn in.

    For new construction or on vacant lots, you must prepare your property for evaluation by staking and stringing the property lines, the location of any proposed structure, the proposed location of the driveway, and any other structures such as pools, decks, gazebos, etc.

    Once you have returned the application and prepared your property for evaluation, call the Environmental Health Specialist for your area to arrange for a visit. You may determine which EHS to call by using the interactive map on the main Water Supply and Sewage Disposal page. You must also post this sign at the property to be evaluated so the EHS can locate it.

    The EHS will arrange to visit your property to perform the service for which you have applied. If you are applying for a septic system permit, the EHS will place flags on the property where you must dig holes so that the EHS can evaluate your soil. Once the holes are dug, the EHS will return to perform an evaluation.

    If you have any questions about completing the application, the necessary documentation, how to prepare your property for evaluation, or any other aspect of the application process, you may phone (828) 465-8270 or TDD at (828) 465-8200 and a representative of the Environmental Health Division will be happy to assist you.