HEALTH & INSPECTION SERVICES
Septic Systems and Wells
The Health Department enforces the 310 CMR 15.00 of
the state Environmental Code Title V: Minimum Requirements for the Subsurface
Disposal of Sanitary Sewage. Originally adopted in 1978, title V was completely
rewritten and revised in 1995. The new regulations took effect on March
31, 1995, with the exception of the soil evaluation provisions which were
implemented on January 1, 1996.
The role of the Board of Health in enforcing the Title
V regulations is to:
- Review preliminary and definitive subdivision plans, as well as plans
for individual septic systems, to ensure appropriate citing and designs.
- Witness and record the results of deep hole observation and percolation
- Consider and act upon applications for permits to install, modify
and repair septic systems with design flows of less than 10,000 gallons
- Inspect septic systems installations, repairs and upgrades to determine
their compliance with Title V of the State Environmental Code.
- Ensure proper septic system construction and appropriate handling
of septage by considering and acting upon annually renewable permits
for disposal works installers and septage transporters.
- Order corrective measures and take necessary enforcement actions when
Title V violations are found.
Copies of the Title V Code can be purchased from the
Health Department, Room 210, City Hall for $9.65.
In Addition to the Title V code, Massachusetts General Laws, c..111,
section 31 authorizes local Boards of Health to adopt septic system regulations
equal to or more stringent than the State Codes. The following are local
regulations pertaining to septic systems that the Haverhill Board of Health
has adopted. A copy of these regulations can be obtained through the
Haverhill Health Department.
- Licensing of Septic Installers, dated 2/3/87
- Dye Testing Fee, dated 1/24/89
- Waste Haulers Regulation, dated 4/26/89
- Septic Systems for Condos/Duplex Housing, dated 4/24/90
- Distance Regulations Title V, dated 11/24/87
- Submission of Definitive Subdivision plans, dated 1/16/96
- Percolation and Deep Hole Regulation, dated 1/28/97
Fees Associated with Septic Systems:
- $150 per percolation test (2 percs and 2 deep holes) additional test
- $100 percolation test for failed septic system
- $100 Design review
- $100 Disposal work construction permit
Except where variances are specifically prohibited (310 CMR 14.41) and
for schools, the Board of Health may vary the provisions of the 1995 Code
when enforcement would be manifestly unjust and the applicant can prove
that the proposed system design achieves the same degree of environmental
protection as the 1995 code. A description of the variance procedure can
be found in 310 CMR 15.410-15.422