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New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services

Wastewater Engineering Bureau
Septage Site Permit

To ensure that septage which is land-applied for beneficial reuse will protect human health and the environment. The beneficial reuse of septage provides nutrients at rates that support agriculture, along with beneficial organic material and water.

Any person proposing to land apply septage must apply for a site permit.

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

Septage Site Permit ApplicationMicrosoft Word Symbol

$100 for sites with five or fewer acres, $150 for those with greater than five but less than or equal to ten acres, and $300 for sites greater than ten acres in size. Municipalities are exempt.

Processing Time
Typically three to six months after the application is deemed complete, or a public hearing, if one is requested.

Term is ten years. Permits are renewed by submitting an updated Septage Site Permit ApplicationMicrosoft Word Symbol, and the applicable fee, no later than 30 days prior to the permit expiration date.

Permit holders must submit a Septage Permit Modification ApplicationMicrosoft Word Symboland obtain approval.

Required transfer information, found in Env-Wq 1603.10, must be approved by the 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 Judy Sears Houston at or (603) 271-7888, or Ray Gordon at or (603) 271-3571.

More Information
Permitting a Septage Site in New Hampshire Adobe Acrobat Reader Symbol(Fact Sheet WD-WEB-14)

Contact Us
Wastewater Engineering Bureau, Residual Management Section or (603) 271-3908.



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