Septic Systems

septicSeptic systems are economical, effective, and environmentally safe when they are properly managed. If septic systems are not properly maintained environmental health problems may develop. It is not recommended to dispose of any household hazardous wastes in sinks or toilets. Also, household cleaners should not be used in septic systems. They have little effect and in some instances may cause damage. It is recommended that septic systems be evaluated and pumped every 2-3 years by a licensed operator. 

West Bloomfield Township has a Time of Sale Program. This program requires septic systems pass an inspection within 120 days from the date of ownership transfer, unless it has been evaluated within a year of the time of sale.

The septic tank must be pumped at the time of evaluation. The evaluation must be done by a certified evaluator registered with Wayne or Washtenaw County Environmental Health Departments.

If the system fails, and sanitary sewer is available within 200 feet, connection is mandatory. If no sanitary sewer is available, repair or replacing the system will require a permit from the Oakland County Environmental Health Department (248-926-3305.) If the home is vacant at the time of transfer of ownership, please contact Developmental Services for more information.