Environmental Health

County Office Hours

M - F 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Drivers License Hours

M - F 8:00 a.m. - 4:15 p.m.

Public Health Services Hours

M - F 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Clerk of Court Hours

M W F 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
T Th 8:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Buena Vista County, Iowa - Beautiful View

Environmental Health

215 E. 5th
P.O. Box 301
Storm Lake, IA 50588
P: (712) 749-2555
F: 712) 749-2566

Kim Johnson

Jason Butler
(Food, Tanning, Tattoo, Motel)

Steve Haldin
(Septic, Well, Pool)

Septic Systems

Septic Systems

Prior to construction or re-construction of a private sewage disposal system (septics), the owner is required to obtain a permit from the Environmental Health Office. The size of a system is determined by State Code based on factors such as soil type and the number of bedrooms in the house. In all cases soil analysis is needed to determine the length of drainfield. Tank size is determined by the number of bedrooms. All systems must receive prior approval and inspection before the system is completely installed.

Private sewage disposal systems are a very common treatment option in the United States. About one-fourth of the total population is served by onsite wastewater systems, and about one-third of new construction employs this type of treatment. A conservative estimate is that anywhere from 10 to 30 percent of onsite systems are failing annually. Nationwide, this represents over 2.5 million malfunctions, resulting in more than 700 million gallons of improperly treated wastewater being discharged each day. Clean Water Act goals are not being met partly because of improperly operating onsite wastewater systems. New technologies are being applied to onsite systems, resulting in higher treatment levels, greater reliability, and more flexibility than ever before. The EPA has finally conceded that septic systems are viable, permanent solutions to wastewater treatment and disposal. Key to the success of a septic system is the analysis before installation and proper care of the system once in place.

EPA Decentralized Wastewater Treatment Site
National Small Flows Clearing House

Sanitary Sewer

Sanitary Sewer District Study
Study Committee & Minutes
Cost Estimates
Chapter 69
Chapter 358
Wasteload Allocation
South & West Shore Sewer District Boundary
Lake Creek Sewer District Boundary
Proposed Sanitary District Information (Added 06-10-09)

Time of Transfer

Those properties that are exempt from inspection include.

(1) A transfer made pursuant to a court order, including but not limited to a transfer under chapter 633 or 633A, the execution of a judgment, the foreclosure of a real estate mortgage pursuant to chapter 654, the forfeiture of a real estate contract under chapter 656, a transfer by a trustee in bankruptcy, a transfer by eminent domain, or a transfer resulting from a decree for specific performance.

(2) A transfer to a mortgagee by a mortgagor or successor in interest who is in default, or a transfer by a mortgagee who has acquired real property at a sale conducted pursuant to chapter 654, a transfer back to a mortgagor exercising a right of first refusal pursuant to section 654.16A, a nonjudicial voluntary foreclosure procedure under section 654.18 or chapter 655A, or a deed in lieu of foreclosure under section 654.19.

(3) A transfer by a fiduciary in the course of the administration of a decedent's estate, guardianship, conservatorship, or trust.

(4) A transfer between joint tenants or tenants in common.

(5) A transfer made to a spouse, or to a person in the lineal line of consanguinity of a person aking the transfer.

(6) A transfer between spouses resulting from a decree of dissolution of marriage, a decree of legal separation, or a property settlement agreement which is incidental to the decree, including a decree ordered pursuant to chapter 598.

(7) A transfer for whichconsiderationis five hundred dollars or less.

(8) A deed between a familycorporation, partnership, limited partnership, limitedliability partnership, or limited liability company as definedin section 428A.2, subsection 15, and its stockholders,partners, or members for the purpose of transferring realproperty in an incorporation or corporate dissolution or inthe organization or dissolution of a partnership, limitedpartnership, limited liability partnership, or limitedliability company under the laws of this state, where the deed is given for no actual consideration other than for shares orfor debt securities of the family corporation, partnership,limited partnership, limited liability partnership, or limited liability company.

New Installation
Future Inspect

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