Subsurface Sewage Disposal

In accordance with Title V of the Massachusetts Environmental Code, all properties that have on-site sewage disposal systems are required to have the systems inspected when a change in the ownership of the property is going to take place, or when an addition to the property is planned.

Title V contains specific criteria that determine if a system meets, or fails to meet, the requirements of the regulations. Both cesspools and septic systems may pass the inspection if they do not meet any of the failure criteria.

Pump Cesspools & Septic Systems
The Health Department recommends pumping cesspools and septic systems every 2 years as a good maintenance schedule to avoid problems and increase the expected longevity of the disposal system. An inspection report is not required for maintenance pumping.