Onsite Sewage Disposal
The Florida Department of Health in Sarasota County regulates onsite sewage disposal (septic) systems in the county. This page contains information regarding permit, design, installation, and operation regulations and how to report a system in failure. Sarasota County ordinance requires additional septic system design criteria beyond what is required by state administrative code rule.
View Sarasota County Septic System Permits and Records Online!
Septic system permitting documents and records back to 1972 have been digitized and available for public access. Click on Septic Search below or call 861-6133 for more information.
New and Existing Septic System Construction and Modification
All newly installed and modifications of existing systems in Sarasota County must be designed by a professional engineer per Sarasota County Ordinance. The following forms are required:
DH 4015 pages 1,2,3,4
- DH 4015 Page 1
- DH 4015 Page 2
(Note—DH 4015 Page 2 is not required if a site plan drawn according to specifications in FAC 64E-6 and Sarasota County Ordinance)
- DH 4015 Page 3
- DH 4015 Page 4
- DH 4016 (Page 1) Permit Form (required if engineer designed)
- OSTDS Site Information Documentation Form
- OSTDS Checklist
Septic System Repair
Septic repair permits require the following forms to be completed:
- DH 4015 (pages 1,2,3,4),
- DH 4016 (Page 1) Permit Form (required if engineer designed),
- OSTDS Supplemental Site Information Documentation Form, and
- OSTDS Supplemental Repair Elevation Sheet
Septic System Tank Abandonment
Septic tank abandonment permits require the following forms to be completed:
Two copies of each form are required to be submitted for the permitting process along with the pump/invoice receipt. New construction projects must be designed and stamped by a professional engineer.
Forms, instructions, and other information may be found at: