At this time, the Septic Upgrade Incentive Program is not accepting new applications for participation in the program as current year funding has been exhausted. The program will continue to process invoices for work that has already been authorized by a Purchase Order.
The program will be re-evaluated after the new fiscal year begins on July 1, 2020 based on the finalized budget for FY 2020-21. This review may result in the program being run in a different format than it was previously.
To improve water quality and protect Florida’s outstanding springs, the Department created the Septic Upgrade Incentive Program. This program encourages home-owners and private citizens to be part of the solution by incentivizing the enhancement of conventional septic systems though the addition of nitrogen-reducing enhancements. This incentive program is designed to offset homeowner costs by providing certified installers and licensed plumbers with up to $10,000 after the installation of enhanced nitrogen-reducing features to existing septic systems located in targeted areas within eligible counties. Participating in this program will help protect the environment by reducing excessive nutrients in Florida’s waterways.
Who is eligible?
Contractors who are licensed or registered to install OSTDSs in Florida are eligible to receive funding for nitrogen-reducing septic system enhancement work done on an existing conventional system serving a single or multi-family residence that is located within the Priority Focus Area in any of the following counties: Citrus, Hernando, Leon, Marion, Orange, Pasco, Seminole, Volusia, and Wakulla.
How to apply?
Septic system installers and licensed plumbers may apply to participate in and receive reimbursement for eligible upgrades under the Program by completing and submitting an application, including all required attachments, registering as a vendor with the state in MyFloridaMarketPlace, and completing a Florida Substitute W‐9 on the State of Florida Vendor website.
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection is the state’s lead agency for environmental management and stewardship – protecting our air, water and land. The vision of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection is to create strong community partnerships, safeguard Florida’s natural resources and enhance its ecosystems.