Tama County Plat Books now available ONLINE!Tama County Plat Book

Septic System

Waste Water & Private Septic Systems

The Environmental Health Program regulates private on-site waste treatment systems, provides new septic system inspections, administers the Time of Transfer (TOT) septic inspection program, and reviews waste treatment plans in accordance with rezoning and subdivision requests in Tama County.

Alternative Systems

Based upon the property in questions a contractor or health officer may recommend or require the placement of an alternative septic system. Depending on the system, homeowners may be responsible for having a maintenance contract that mandates an annual service to their septic system. This inspection item is required by the DNR and monitored by the Tama County Sanitarian.

Septic State & Local Regulations

Septic Permit and Approved Contractors

Approved Soil Analysis Professionals

Contractors must carry the IOWWA CIOWAT certification and provide a copy of their liability insurance to install wastewater septic systems in Tama County.

  • Lee Swank 
    MMS Consultants
    1917 S Gilbert St. Iowa City, IA
  • Charles Schmidt
    Hart Fredericks
    510 State St. Tiffin, IA
  • Trevor Dickerson
    Ground and Down 
    1920 Park Ave SE. Cedar Rapids, IA 
  • Jack Hrdlicka
    P.O. Box 262 Decorah, IA  52101

Related Websites

Downloads & Resources

  • DNR Certified Time of Transfer Septic System Inspectors
  • Iowa Code 567.69: Private Sewage Disposal Systems
    • Rules for inspections, environmental regulations, and other items related to private sewage systems.
  • Iowa Code 567.68: Commercial Septic Tank Cleaners
    • Rules and standards for commercial cleaning of and waste disposal from private sewage disposal systems
  • Iowa Code 641.24: Well Testing, Reconstruction, and Plugging - Grants to Counties
    • Rules for administering the grants to counties program

Stay Connected

Sign up to receive notifications when board meetings and agendas are posted, job openings are announced, and more.

Customize Your Notifications
Tama County logo (white) Contact Us Department Hours Holidays