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Septic Systems

The Department of Safety and Inspection manages the Subsurface Sewage Treatment System Program (SSTS). All Individual Sewage Treatment Systems (ISTS) are required by City ordinance to have a maintenance inspection and the septic tank pumped once every two years by a MPCA certified contractor. Properties utilizing a private drinking well as the primary water source are required to sample the well once every two years. The SSTS program’s main goals are: 

  • To protect the health, safety and welfare of the present and future residents of the community
  • To protect land, water and other natural resources within and outside the city
  • To protect water supply wells from contamination by inadequate or improperly designed, located, installed or maintained individual sewage treatment systems


Ordinance requirements
See Chapter 50 of the Saint Paul Legislative Code for information about the SSTS program

Septic Maintenance Forms


A completed septic packet filled out by a Minnesota Pollution Control Agency certified maintainer and/or inspector with a $20 fee and a completed well water analysis report from a Minnesota Department of Health certified laboratory with a $10 fee can be sent to City of Saint Paul -DSI 375 Jackson Street #220 Saint Paul, MN 55101. Make check payable to 'City of Saint Paul'

Fees for the Septic Maintenance Report are $20 and Water Analysis report are $10

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