Businesses that use septic tanks
Some businesses, commercial facilities, and industries have their septic tank wastes hauled to King County's South Treatment Plant.
South Plant is the only King County-operated facility that accepts waste from septic systems.
King County requires many businesses to get formal authorization before it accepts their waste. King County needs to evaluate whether the waste could harm the treatment plant or the environment.
Who needs formal authorization?
|Authorization not required||Authorization required
(see process below)
|Owners of residential septic tanks||All other businesses and facilities.|
Businesses whose wastewater production is similar to domestic wastewater discharge, such as:
How to get formal authorization
Confirm with your septage hauler that they will be taking your waste to King County’s South Treatment Plant.
Complete a Septage Acceptance Application . As the business that uses the septic tank, you must apply for authorization. Your hauler may not know what business practices created the waste you need hauled.
Submit your form with the required signatures to King County Industrial Waste.
King County will review your forms. The County may ask you to have your septage tanks sampled for pollutants of concern.
When King County Industrial Waste approves your application, you will be issued an approval letter with an authorization number.
Provide your authorization number to your septage hauler. Your hauler will use the authorization number to complete the King County Hauled Waste Guidelines and Certification Form .
Educational, advisory, and permitting services for owners of septic systems and certifications for several septic professionalsNon-Residential Septic Tank Systems: Information for Business Users and Property Owners brochure (2004), prepared by the Local Hazardous Waste Management Program in King County Business Hazardous Waste Resources
Provided by the Local Hazardous Waste Management Program in King CountyPollution Prevention and Planning
Resources by industry sector, provided by the Washington State Department of Ecology's Hazardous Waste & Toxics Reduction Program