Who does the State Statute affect?

  1. Individuals constructing new homes, on lots less than three acres that requires the installation of an on-site sewage system.
  2. Individuals’ making major repairs to on-site sewage systems on lots less than three acres.
  3. Individuals requesting on-site sewage evaluations of newly constructed sewage systems from the Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services, for the purpose of satisfying lending institutions or other interested parties.
  4. Individuals with failing sewage systems that create a nuisance or health hazard regardless of lot size.
  5. Individuals who own property adjacent to lakes regulated by a Public Utility or the United States Army Corps of Engineers, regardless of size.
  6. Individuals who perform soil evaluation, design, install or operate on-site sewage systems

For a current listing of Registered On-Site Wastewater Treatment (ROWT or OWTS) Installers in Butler County, click here.


When is a permit required?

  1. A permit is required prior to the construction or major repair of a sewage system for single-family residences located on lots less than three acres in size.
  2. A permit is required prior to the construction or major repair of a sewage system serving a facility other than a single-family residence, regardless of lot size. (examples: churches, commercial properties, more than one residence on one property deed, etc.)
  3. A permit is required prior to the construction or major repair of a sewer system on any lot that is adjacent to a lake regulated by a Public Utility or the United States Army Corps of Engineers.
  4. A permit is required regardless of lot size when, during a compliant investigation, a home is found to be in violation of RSMo 701.025 through 701.059. Under the complaint procedure, a permit would be required for either a new installation or for a major repair to the existing system.

Click here for more information, from the Department of Health and Senior Services.


Where do I get a permit?

The Butler County Health Department (BCHD) will provide application forms and issue permits. Permit and application information can also be obtained from our office Monday-Friday 8am-5pm at (573) 785-8478.


How much does a permit cost?

A permit cost $90.00.

Although permit fees from counties that do not have their own ordinances such as Butler, go to Fee Receipts in Jefferson City, $65.00 from each permit returns to the Butler County Health Department. To obtain a permit please contact the Butler County Health Department Monday-Friday 8am-5pm at (573)-785-8478


How long does the permit application process take?

Usually about one week. All but the most difficult applications are processed at the Butler County Health Department. The Missouri Department of Health issues permit numbers to Butler County as soon as the permit fee is received. The Butler County Health Department may then issue the permit as soon as the local Environmental Public Health Specialist approves the application.


Is the soil test required before a system is repaired or a new system constructed?

Yes. A soil morphology report is an essential part of the system design However, if a morphology report exists from a prior installation, as long as it is in the same area as the repair, it may be used.


Can a permit be denied?

Yes. If a system in inappropriately designed, will not fit the lot it was designed for, or it is evident that an on-site system will create a health hazard, a permit can be denied. If such an event occurs, the homeowner will be directed to the appropriate state agency that can provide assistance. The Missouri Department of Health District offices will also lend technical assistance where needed to help coordinate between other state agencies and the homeowner.