The Vanderburgh County Health Department's onsite sewage disposal program follows a cradle to grave paradigm.  Our Environmental Health Specialists conduct site evaluation and soil profile analysis for each new construction and many repair systems.

This procedure includes producing a detailed soil profile description and a topographic characterization for the site. 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

Click on the following link to download a copy of the Indiana State Onsite Sewage Disposal Rule effective November 19, 2012:

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.  

A revised onsite sewage disposal ordinance is under review by the Vanderburgh County Commissioners.
Click here to view the proposed ordinance.
Comments and questions on this proposed ordinance should be directed to 435-5695 or 

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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