Onsite Sewage Disposal Systems

Regulatory Reference COMAR 26.04.02
Septic Systems must be installed by a septic contractor that holds a valid Sanitary Construction license issued by  the Talbot County Health Department.  Licenses for Septic Contractors are issued on an annual basis. Any individual seeking information regarding how to become a licensed septic contractor must contact this office to schedule an appointment with a Licensed Environmental Health Specialist. The perspective contractor must provide verification that they have previously performed sanitary construction work under an experienced licensed septic contractor.  All septic contractors must also submit a copy of a plumbers bond valued at $10,000.00 at the time of the submittal of their application for licensure as a Sanitary Contractor. 
Additionally, if a licensed septic contractor is interested in Installing  BAT he must have first obtained certification of qualification for the installation of the BAT, which is obtained from the manufacturer of the specific BAT unit that is to be installed.  The contractor must also have  completed a  course of study approved by the Maryland Department of the Environment for the installation of BAT. 
Contractors interested in servicing septic systems in Talbot County are required to obtain a license from this office. All Septic Tank Servicing Contractors must provide the name of the approved WWTP/Treatment Facility that will accept septage.  Septic tank servicing contractors, are required to have their trucks inspected  by a local County Health Department prior to the renewal of their annual license.
The installation of all on-site sewage disposal systems is regulated by the Talbot County Health Department.  A person may not construct, attempt to construct or alter an on-site sewage disposal system without first receiving a permit from this office.  An application for Sanitary Construction may be obtained from this office, (see .pdf reference).  If a licensed septic contractor is proposing to repair/replace an on-site sewage disposal system he must comply with the requirements of this office with regards to the submittal of the proposed system design and layout.  (Contact a  Licensed Environmental Health Specialist with this office to inquire as to what detail must be provided with the repair proposal.)

No part of an on-site sewage disposal system may be covered or used until it has been inspected and approved by the Talbot County Health Department.