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The Florida Department of Health works to protect, promote, and improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county, and community efforts.

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The Onsite Sewage Program has moved to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection

Environmental Public Health

Physical Address:

Environmental Public Health
5505 Stewart St.
Milton, FL, 32570

8 a.m.–1 p.m.
2 p.m.–4 p.m.

Closed for lunch
1 p.m.-2 p.m.

NOTE: Effective July 1, 2021, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is responsible for implementing the Florida Statutes and regulations applicable to OSTDS. Under Florida's Clean Waterways Act of 2020, the county health department offices will continue to do the permitting and inspection for septic tanks; please continue to work with them for all of your permitting-related needs. If you have questions, please contact


Onsite sewage treatment and disposal systems, commonly referred to as septic systems, are a safe and effective means of wastewater disposal for 30 percent of Florida’s population. The OSTDS program ensures that the OSTDS is properly designed, constructed, and maintained through permitting and inspection and contributes to safe ground water, which provides 90 percent of Florida’s drinking water. 

The governing authorities for this program and all forms can be found at


Bill Pay 

Environmental Health bills and fees can be paid in person or by mail at the address below or you can visit our bill pay site at


Location & Contact Information 

Find local contact information at the following FDOH-location-finder


Private Provider Inspections 

Starting July 1, 2022, owners or contractors with owner authorization have the option to hire a private provider to perform inspections of OSTDS. DEP has begun implementation of this new law. Visit Private Provider Inspections of OSTDS | Florida Department of Environmental Protection for more information.


OSTDS Operating Permits (only apply to counties that use operating permits)

Operating permits are required for aerobic treatment units (ATU), performance based treatments systems (PBTS), commercial septic systems, and industrial or manufacturing zoned (or equivalent) septic systems.


On-site Sewage Treatment and Disposal Systems (OSTDS) 

The Environmental Public Health staff performs site evaluations, issues construction permits, and performs inspections on all OSTDS, commonly called septic systems. In order to obtain a permit or get an inspection on your septic system, certain forms need to be filled out and turned into the Environmental Public Health department. We have these forms available at our office or you can download them here, print them, fill them out and bring them into us.

Installation, Modification, or Abandonment

For new installation, modification/repair of an existing septic system, or tank abandonment (if you will no longer be using an existing septic system), please print and fill out the OSTDS Application (PDF-1005KB).

Note: When printing the Site Plan (page 6), please make sure your printer is set to print at 100% and not "Scale to fit" or "Resize to fit."

Santa Rosa County Ebridge Access Instructions (PDF-107KB)

Continuing Education Units

For septic contractors who need Continuing Education Units visit:

Florida Onsite Wastewater Association (FOWA) Courses

Unlawful Contracting

To report unlawful septic tank contracting please visit:

Florida Department of Health - Report Unlawful Septic Contracting

*Note: This page contains materials in the Portable Document Format (PDF). The free Adobe Reader may be required to view these files.