Sewer PermitSewer Permits are required for any new construction OR modification of a private sewer system. Sewer permit applications are available to print below or at the Harvey County Courthouse in the Planning and Zoning Department (located on the first floor across from Treasurer's Office). The cost is $200. All fees for building permit may be paid by cash, check or credit card. A processing fee of 2.5% or $5.00 will be assessed on all credit card payments.
Each sewer permit application is first evaluated by the Environmental Officer. If more information is needed, such as a site visit or soil profile test, this will be communicated to the applicant. Applications will be approved only after assuring that the proposed construction will satisfactorily meet the requirements of the Sanitary Code and that the system will not pollute our county's surface or ground waters.
If you would like to apply for a sewer permit, please print the "Sewer Permit Application" document and deliver it to the Planning & Zoning Department. The "Separation Requirements in Harvey County" document gives the minimum required separation distances of the system from certain areas of the property. The "Sewer Contractor List" shows many of the contractors who work in the area, but is not a comprehensive list. The "Property Line Separation Waiver Form" is only needed if any part of the proposed sewer system is closer than 100 feet from the next property line. If a septic tank and lateral system has been approved for your property, the "Certified Septic Tank Manufacturers List" will be helpful in assuring that the tank you choose is certified in the state of Kansas.
The following documents are K-State Research & Extension and EPA brochures that are both informational and help to outline state requirements for sewer system construction. Many requirements are similar to Harvey County Codes; however, there may be some requirements that are more stringent in the County Code. Please check with the Environmental Officer if you have any questions.
- Site and Soil Evaluation for Onsite Wastewater Systems
- Wastewater Pond Design and Construction
- Selecting an Onsite Wastewater or Septic System
- Get to Know Your Septic System
- Septic Tank-Soil Absorption System
- Septic Tank Leaching Chamber Fact Sheet
- Minimum Standards for Design and Construction of Onsite Wastewater Systems - Bulletin 4-2
- Mound System Fact Sheet
- Aerobic Treatment System Fact Sheet
- Rock-Plant Filter Design and Construction for Home Wastewater Systems
Failing SystemsCost-share money is available in Harvey County for failing sewer systems that meet the criteria of the Harvey County Conservation District. If your system is determined to be failing and is located in the Equus Beds, near your drinking water well, close to a stream, or within 2 miles of a public water supply well, you may be eligible. Cost-share for failing sewer systems is set at 50% of the total cost of repair up to $1,500. For more information, contact the Harvey County Environmental Officer.
- Why do Onsite Wastewater (Septic) Systems Fail?
- Plugging Cisterns, Cesspools, Septic Tanks and Other Holes
Sewer System Maintenance
- Wastewater Pond Operation, Maintenance, and Repair
- Septic Tank Maintenance: A Key to Longer Septic System Life
- A Homeowner's Guide to Septic Systems
- Aquatic Plants and Their Control
- Rock Plant Filter Operation, Maintenance and Repair