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Private Provider Inspections of OSTDS

As of July 1, 2022, owners or contractors with owner authorization have the option to hire a private provider to perform inspections of onsite sewage treatment and disposal systems (OSTDS).

October 2023 Legislative Report - Using Private Providers for Onsite Sewage Treatment and Disposal System Inspections.

Rulemaking Update

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is in the rule development process as directed by Chapter 2022-105, Laws of Florida. More details on rule development are found at the Division of Water Resource Management Rules in Development page.


The Department is currently in rulemaking. Refer to subsection 381.0065(8), Florida Statutes (F.S.), for the statute on private provider inspectors and Chapter 62-6, F.A.C., for the current rule. Until rulemaking is complete, interim guidance is provided including a process memo with answers to some frequently asked questions, an interim authorization form (DEP4015A) and an interim inspection form (DEP4016 page 2).

Authorized Private Provider Inspectors

A private provider or an authorized representative of a private provider may perform onsite sewage treatment and disposal system inspections if they are:

Private Provider Inspector Inspection Portal

An online inspection data entry portal is now available for qualified Onsite Sewage Treatment and Disposal System private provider inspectors. This portal is a web-based system allowing private provider inspectors to enter inspection form data, attach inspection documents and transfer this information to the Department of Health’s data system. County Health Department staff will receive a notification of a submitted inspection for a construction permit in their county. They will then review and approve or disapprove submitted information.


Private Provider Inspections legislation in Senate Bill 856 passed the Florida Legislature, was signed by Governor DeSantis on May 12, 2022 as Chapter 2022-105, Laws of Florida and is effective July 1, 2022. Amendments to the rule define authority for private provider inspectors to inspect an OSTDS when qualified as a private provider and upon written authorization by the owner of the system.

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Last Modified:
December 17, 2023 - 5:19pm

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