SEPTIC SYSTEM INSPECTIONS FOR PROPERTY SALES

** Please Note: Due to the seasonal increase in Property Conveyance Applications received by the Health District, review times may extend to the full 7 business days. It is highly suggested that if you are selling your home, that you submit your Property Conveyance Application either when you list your home, or when you first enter into contract.

Thinking about buying or selling a home with a septic system? If so, you should be asking yourself these questions:

  • Do I know where the septic system is located on the property?
  • Do I know what type and size of septic system serves the home?
  • Is the existing septic system legal? Does it have any limitations that I should be aware of before I sell or buy the home?
  • When was the last time the septic system was inspected or pumped-out? Is it working properly?

A septic system is a critical component of a home --- it collects, treats, and disperses all of the used water from toilets, sinks, tubs, showers, dishwashers, clothes washers, etc. Without a properly working and legal septic system, a home's value to the occupants or potential buyers is severely diminished. Who wants to own a home where you can't flush the toilets, take a shower, or wash your clothes? For more information about how septic systems work and the different types of septic systems see our Homeowner’s Guide to Onsite Septic Systems.

SELLING A PROPERTY WITH A SEPTIC SYSTEM: WHAT, WHY & HOW


Before buying or selling a home, make sure that you know what the status of the septic system is by having the Health District do a records review and site inspection of the septic system, and provide you with a written report of the findings. It is not only a good idea to protect your investment, but it is also the law (Kitsap Public Health Board Ordinance 2008A-01, Section 13.D.).

A PCI is important to identify significant problems so they can be dealt with early in the home sale process. In 2016, significant problems were found on 16.5% of all PCIs the Health District completed (see chart below). If these problems are not identified or corrected, they can cause a lot of grief for the home sellers or buyers and even cause septic system failure after the new owners take possession of the property.

Example of a septic system problem identified through Property Conveyance Inspection:

In this photo, a shop was illegally built on top of the septic drainfield of this home for sale, compromising the majority of the drainfield and potentially leaving a new owner with a big problem. This problem was caught and corrected before the home was sold.

If your property does not have a record drawing, you will need to create one. Please follow the instructions contained within the Record Drawing Document.

When you are ready to start the process, you may chose one of two options.  You may either print out the paper application, complete it, and bring it in to the Health District with payment, or you can submit it online. An online application to get this official records review, site inspection, and report is located below.

Please allow seven business days for review and processing. Applications received after 3:30 p.m. will be dated as if received on the following business day.

Property Conveyance Applications

To submit a Property Conveyance Application online click here

 


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