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New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services

Wastewater Engineering Bureau
Septage Hauler Permit

To manage the removal, transportation, processing, treatment and disposal of septage, to protect human health and the environment and to encourage beneficial reuse and recycling.

Any person or entity wishing to haul septage over public roadways in New Hampshire. One permit is required for each tank used to manage the removal, transportation, and disposal of septage. Septage includes material removed from septic tanks, cesspools, holding tanks, septage lagoons or other sewage treatment storage units, grease co-mingled with wastewater, portable toilet waste and marine sanitation waste, excluding sewage sludge from public treatment works and industrial waste and any other sludge.

Statute and Administrative Rules
RSA 485-A:4, XVI-a Water Pollution and Waste Disposal/Duties of Department
Env-Wq 1600 Septage Management Rules

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$100 per vehicle per tank, plus $5 per permit plate. Municipalities are exempt.

Processing Time
Typically one week after the application is deemed complete.

Two years maximum. Permits expire on January 31 of the odd-numbered year following date of issue. Renewal must be received by the Wastewater Engineering Bureau, Residual Management Section at least 15 days prior to expiration.

Tanks can be added by submitting the appropriate fee and information to the Wastewater Engineering Bureau, Residual Management Section .

Permits are not transferable unless approved by Wastewater Engineering Bureau, Residual Management Section .

Any person aggrieved by a final decision can appeal the decision to the Water Council in accordance with Env-WC 200.

Status of Current Applications
Contact Tim Sweatt at or (603) 271-2492.

More Information
This permit includes a provision to identify septage vehicles with a permit plate (blue plate with white numbers) mounted on the rear of the vehicle. These vehicles will be inspected to ensure septage is transported in compliance with Env-Wq 1600 Septage Management Rules.

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Contact Us
Tim Sweatt at or (603) 271-2492.



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