FAQThis section is updated periodically

Question (Q): Where is my Septic Tank located?

Answer (A): You have to look at your as-built plan

Q: Where do I get my as-built plan?

A: From the Plymouth Public Health Department free of charge!

Q: Can I get my as-built plan online?

A: Not yet, we plan on having support for as-built requests soon that are currently going to have plans available up to the year 2014.

Q: I’m interested in purchasing a property, can you tell me about its current septic system?

A: Yes we can tell you. We keep Title V reports stating if it has passed or failed up to 2008.

Q: Can you tell me if the property system has a Title V compliant Septic System?

A: Yes we can and the criteria for a septic system non-compliance is 1) A cesspool is an automatic failure, 2) A 750 gallon tank is also an automatic failure, and 3) When a septic tank that is 30 years old, 1,000 gallons, and requires any component repair or replacement then it must be replaced with a 1,500 gallon tank

Q: How often should I get my system pumped in order to remain in compliance?

A: We recommend having your system pumped at least once a year to maintain the health of the septic system and remain in compliance.

Q: Is there a way to determine how often my septic system has been pumped?

A: Yes, Public Health has the records available upon your request to see when your septic system was last pumped.

Q: I picked up my building permit, and why do I have to come to the Public Health Department to get it signed?

A: All building permits require a review by the Public Health Department to determine that the Title V Septic System is compliant. If it is not signed, a signature will not be provided until it is brought into compliance by your septic installer.

Q: How do you determine if my septic system meets Title V compliance?

A: If your system is over 30 years-old a Title V inspection is required. In some cases you may have to upgrade your septic system based on deed restriction parameters.

Q: What is a deed restriction?

A: Title V criteria requires that your property is on record with the Registry of Deeds. A deed restriction is used to issue a building permit for homes that exceed an approved septic design flow based on total room count. This may mean, if a property is deed restricted for 3 bedrooms then it cannot be sold for more than 3 bedrooms. The size of your leeching field attached to your septic system also determines the allowable total bedroom count.

Q: What is a definition of a bedroom under Title V?

A: It is a room that provides privacy and can be used for sleeping that meets the following criteria: a) floor space is 70 feet or greater; b) when there is new construction, an existing house, or mobile home and the ceiling height is 7 feet or greater; c) there is electrical service and ventilation; and d) there is at least one window.

Q: Does this mean living rooms, dining rooms, kitchens, halls, bathrooms, and unfinished cellars or unheated storage areas over garages are considered bedrooms?

A: No, these dedicated spaces are not considered as additional bedrooms.