The Vanderburgh County Health Department's onsite sewage disposal program follows a cradle to grave paradigm.  Our Environmental Health Specialists conduct a site evaluation which includes a topographic characterization, and reviews the soil profile analysis for each new construction and many repair systems.  Using the size of the home and the site/soil profile information, the Environmental Health Specialists can tailor an onsite sewage disposal system to each individual site.

Permits, consultations and inspections are provided for new construction and repair of onsite sewage disposal systems.

Educating homeowners on septic system operation is a priority.  Homeowners who are interested in the operation or location of their system should contact our section.  We can arrange onsite consultations or provide owners with diagrams of their system.

Regulations and Permits

The Indiana State Residential On-site Sewage Systems Rule 410 IAC 6-8.3 was revised May 9th 2014.  Click here to view or download a current copy of 410 IAC 6-8.3.

Click here to see the 2014 changes made to the On-site Sewage rule.

Click for Chapter 8.20 of the Vanderburgh County Code - Private Sewage Disposal Systems 

Click for VCHD onsite sewage disposal system (OSDS) permit approval policy 

Click for VCHD OSDS policy for floodplain installations 

Click for application packet for an onsite sewage disposal permit. 

Click for Indiana Registry of Soil Scientists.  


For more information please call (812) 435-5695,
or email: 


Useful Links:

Indiana State Department of Health - Onsite Sewage Systems Program: 
IDEM - Alternative Public Wastewater Treatment Systems:




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