Per Section 8.4.O. of the El Paso County Board of Health Regulations, Chapter 8, effective January 1, 2015, El Paso County Public Health requires a property owner, or transferor, of a residence or other building/facility served by an on-site wastewater treatment system (OWTS) to have an inspection of that system to demonstrate that the system is functioning according to design prior to the sale or transfer of title of the property.
Once El Paso County Public Health (EPCPH) has received a properly submitted Acceptance Document Application (located below), EPCPH will review the application, completed inspection report, then prepare and issue the Acceptance Document.
The OWTS inspections required for the Transfer of Title are to be submitted electronically to El Paso County Public Health (EPCPH) within 3 working days of the inspection date by an El Paso County Certified Inspector (Revised 7/2021). Upon reviewing the inspection report for completeness, EPCPH shall notify the Inspector of any inspection omissions within 2 business days of the receipt. The Certified Inspector shall then submit a revised inspection report within 2 business days.
Upon issuance, Acceptance Documents are valid until the date of the real estate closing, or for a period of 1 year (whichever comes first).
If it is determined by EPCPH that an OWTS does not meet the requirements for issuance of an Acceptance Document, a Conditional Acceptance Document may be issued, provided that the purchaser of the property, or the assigned agent agrees to obtain a permit and complete all necessary repairs to the OWTS (or connect to a sanitation district, if appropriate) within 90 days of occupancy of the structure. If conditions, such as frozen ground, limit the ability to complete all necessary repairs, the 90 days allowed the purchaser may be extended by EPCPH.
The fee for submitting an Acceptance Document Application is $55, plus a $10 processing fee.
Please contact the Environmental Health Division with any questions at [email protected]
Complete the online application below.
In the sections below, please be sure to include the email addresses for the Seller's Agent, Buyer's Agent, and your Title Company contact.