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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 12. Health
Agency 5. Department of Health
Chapter 620. Regulations Governing Fees for Onsite Sewage Disposal Systems, Alternative Discharge Systems, and Private Wells

12VAC5-620-80. Waiver of fees.

A. An owner whose family income is at or below the 2013 Poverty Income Guidelines for the 48 Contiguous States and the District of Columbia established by the Department of Health and Human Services, 78 FR 5182 (January 24, 2013), or any successor guidelines, shall not be charged a fee pursuant to this chapter.

B. Any person applying for a permit to construct a pit privy shall not be charged a fee for filing the application.

C. Any person applying for a permit to repair an onsite sewage disposal system or alternative discharging system shall not be charged a fee for filing the application.

D. Any person applying for a construction permit for the replacement of a private well may be charged a fee for filing the application. Any application fee paid for a construction permit for a replacement well shall be refunded in full upon receipt by the department of a Uniform Water Well Completion Report, pursuant to 12VAC5-630-310, indicating that the well that was replaced has been permanently and properly abandoned or decommissioned.

E. Any person applying for a permit to properly and permanently abandon or decommission an existing well on property that is his principal place of residence shall not be charged a fee for filing the application.

F. Any person who applies to renew a construction permit for an onsite sewage disposal system, alternative discharge system, or private well shall not be charged a fee for filing the application, provided that:

1. The site and soil conditions upon which the permit was issued have not changed;

2. The legal ownership of the property has not changed;

3. A building permit for the facility to be served by the sewage system or well has been obtained or construction of the facility has commenced;

4. No previous renewal of the permit has been granted;

5. The expiration date of the renewed permit shall be the date 18 months following the expiration date of the original permit; and

6. Where the construction permit is for an alternative discharging system, the permit must comply with 9VAC25-110, Virginia Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (VPDES) General Permit for Domestic Sewage Discharges of Less Than or Equal to 1,000 Gallons per Day, issued by the State Water Control Board.

G. Any person whose application for a certification letter or for a permit to construct an onsite sewage disposal system, alternative discharging system, or private well is denied may file one subsequent application for the same site-specific construction permit for which the application fee shall be waived, provided that:

1. The subsequent application is filed within 90 days of receiving the notice of denial for the first application;

2. The denial is not currently under appeal; and

3. The application fee for the first application has not been refunded.

Statutory Authority

§§ 32.1-12, 32.1-164, and 32.1-176.4 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR355-34-03 § 3.2, eff. July 1, 1989; amended, Virginia Register Volume 32, Issue 10, eff. February 12, 2016.

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