El Paso County Vaccine Distribution Update

El Paso County is currently focused on vaccinating priority populations in Phases 1A and 1B of Colorado's COVID-19 phased vaccine distribution plan.

Phase 1A includes high-risk health care workers and individuals. Phase 1B includes everyone age 70 and older and other specific categories. To learn more about the phases of vaccine distribution, visit the El Paso County Public Health vaccine web page.

Click here if you are a person age 70 and older and seeking information about vaccines.

Please visit the Vaccine Dashboard page for more information. 

On-Site Wastewater Treatment Systems

In an effort to practice social distancing, the Environmental Health Office is currently not open to the public. Customer support is still available via phone at 719-578-3199, option 3, and by appointment only during regular business hours, Monday - Friday, 7:30am to 4:30pm. We are accepting electronic applications which must be submitted through [email protected]. You will be contacted by a member of our administrative team regarding payments for electronic applications.  Check payments can be dropped in the dropbox outside of the Environmental Health office with your invoice number.

At this time we are experiencing delayed response times for calls and emails as well as longer processing times for all applications. Currently we are unable to provide detailed permit issuance timelines or detailed status updates regarding your application.   

View Scheduled Final Inspections Here

Pay Permit Invoice Here

We inspect and regulate on-site wastewater treatment systems (OWTS), also known as septic systems. We protect public health and the environment by preventing human exposure to sewage and the contamination of our groundwater by ensuring the proper placement, design, installation, and maintenance of OWTS. We focus on regulation of wastewater treatment systems associated with both commercial and residential facilities that are not serviced by a municipal wastewater system. There are an estimated 30,000 operating OWTS in El Paso County.

Septic Permit Information Available Online

El Paso County Public Health has launched a new service that gives people access to septic system records online.

The information is available on the El Paso County Assessor's 'Public Records Real Estate Property Search' site at https://property.spatialest.com/co/elpaso/. This allows septic permit and as-built information to be accessed 24 hours a day, seven days a week

Not all parcels or properties have complete septic system records on file. If the septic system record cannot be found online, call (719) 578-3199 and select option 3 or email [email protected] for assistance.


  • How to Obtain a Copy of an Existing OWTS Permit and Record Drawing
  • How to Obtain an On-Site Wastewater Treatment System (Septic) Permit
  • Application for an On-Site Wastewater Treatment System (OWTS) Permit
  • Conventional (Non-Engineered) On-site Wastewater Treatment System (OWTS) Design Worksheet - Short Form
  • Conventional (Non-Engineered) On-site Wastewater Treatment System (OWTS) Design Worksheet - Comprehensive
  • Owner/Contractor Contact Information
  • Licensed On-site Wastewater Treatment System Designers (Engineers) (Revised 06/20)
  • Request a Verification of an On-Site Wastewater Treatment System (OWTS)

Technical Advisory Group (TAG)

The On-Site Wastewater Treatment Systems' Technical Advisory Group meets quarterly to discuss on-site wastewater policy, current science, technology, and trends. Meetings are held at the Public Health offices in the Citizens Service Center located at 1675 W. Garden of the Gods Road. For more information, contact Kat McGarvy, Program Manager (719) 578-3112 or by email at [email protected] 

Property Owners

Operation and maintenance of your system

Septic systems are usually not considered an essential part of a home. But replacing a residential septic treatment system may cost between $8,000 and $15,000!  Periodic inspection and timely repair of your system components can prevent damage to the soil and water in the ground around your home, and may extend the useful life of your system.

Why should you maintain your septic system?

  • To protect public health.
  • To protect our drinking water.
  • To protect your investment.

Certified Operation and Maintenance Specialist

  • How to Obtain a Copy of an Existing OWTS Permit and Record Drawing
  • How to Obtain an On-site Wastewater Treatment System (Septic) Permit
  • Request a Verification of an On-Site Wastewater Treatment System (OWTS)
  • Brochure: Maintaining Your Septic System
  • Presentation: On-site Wastewater Treatment System
  • Licensed On-site Wastewater Treatment System Tier 1 Contractors  (Revised 07/19)
  • Licensed On-site Wastewater Treatment System Tier 2 Contractors  (Revised 06/20)
  • Licensed On-site Wastewater Treatment System Cleaners (Pumpers) (Revised 01/20)
  • Licensed On-site Wastewater Treatment System Designers (Engineers) (Revised 06/20)

Transfer of Title

The new El Paso County Board of Health Regulations, Chapter 8, were approved by the Board of Health on February 24, 2014. Section 8.4.O, Transfer of Title, on page 24, was also approved and has an effective date of January 1, 2015.

Our program goal is to help assure that the OWTS is inspected properly by a Public Health Certified OWTS Inspector, and all system components being maintained and operated as designed.  Results of the inspections will be made available to the real estate industry quickly through a website dedicated for the Certified OWTS Inspector to record all OWTS inspection results.  The results would then be easily accessed and available for those involved in the property transaction.

Assurance that OWTS are maintained and operating as designed is a vital part of protecting groundwater and surface water quality, as well as the health of the public.