Starting July 1, 2022, owners or contractors with owner authorization will have the option to hire a private provider to perform inspections of onsite sewage treatment and disposal systems (OSTDS). 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.
Initial guidance will include the draft rule language, interim notification form, interim inspection form and answers to some frequently asked questions.
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.
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.