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Onsite Sewage Treatment and Disposal Systems

Florida Department of Health in DeSoto County

Onsite Sewage Treatment & Disposal Systems (OSTDS)

Commonly referred to as septic tanks, these systems provide a viable wastewater treatment and disposal option for residential and commercial applications when central sewerage service is not available.


All proposed new installations, repairs, modifications and approvals of existing systems require a permit from the Florida Department of Health in DeSoto County.

Contact Information
For any questions regarding this program please call (863) 993-4601 extension 120.

Regulatory Code

Chapter 64E-6 Onsite Sewage Treatment & Disposal Systems

Bureau of Onsite Sewage Programs, Tallahassee Headquarters

September 19-23 is SepticSmart Week! 

September 19-23 is SepticSmart Week! September 19-23 is SepticSmart Week! SepticSmart Week is a homeowner awareness and educational campaign to promote proper septic system maintenance and best practices.  More than 26 million homes in the United States - almost one in five households - depend on septic systems to treat wastewater.  By properly maintaining septic systems, homeowners can: save money through avoiding costly repairs; maintain property values; build sustainable communities; and protect public health, the environment, and local water sources. Please visit the SepticSmart Homeowners webpage for more information.