Amendments to subsurface sewage treatment systems inspection and permit requirements

MPCA rulemakingThe Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) has adopted amendments to rules governing subsurface sewage treatment systems (Minn. R chapters 7081 and 7082) regarding situations in which a state disposal system (SDS) permit is required rather than a local permit, and in which tank pumping is required for completing a compliance inspection on an existing SSTS.

The changes became effective Jan. 11, 2021.

PDF icon Checklist for determining appropriate permit for LSTS facilities based on 2021 rule change (wq-wwists4-90)

A resource to help facilities with large subsurface treatment systems (LSTS) determine the appropriate permit for their operation based on the 2021 rule change.  

Rulemaking documents

PDF icon Dual Notice of Intent (wq-rule4-20b)

PDF icon Statement of Need and Reasonableness (SONAR) for Proposed Rules (wq-rule4-20c)

PDF icon Revisors draft rule (wq-rule4-20d)

PDF icon SSTS inspections and permit requirements: Request for comments (wq-rule4-20a)

PDF icon Comments received in response to Request for Comments (wq-rule4-20e)

PDF icon Comments received in response to dual notice (wq-rule4-20f)

PDF icon Responses to dual notice comments (wq-rule4-20g)

PDF icon Administrative Law Judge’s order on review of rules (wq-rule4-20h)

Schedule/public participation opportunities

Binary Data Rule status: Subsurface Sewage Treatment Systems, Inspections and Permits (Revisor ID: R-04478)

Rulemaking stage Time period
Request for comments Published in State Register (42 SR 672 - Dec. 11, 2017); Comment period closed Feb. 20, 2018
Dual notice: Notice of intent to adopt rules without a public hearing unless 25 or more people request one, and notice of hearing if 25 or more requests for hearing are received Published in State Register (44 SR 559 - Nov. 12, 2019); comment period closed Dec. 23, 2019
Hearing (if applicable)/Administrative law judge review We received fewer than the minimum of 25 requests required to hold a hearing, so the hearing was canceled. The judge has reviewed and approved this rule.
Rule adoption Published in State Register (45 SR 725 – Jan. 4, 2021); effective Jan. 11, 2021