GovDelivery Newsletters


Welcome! The St. Louis County Planning and Zoning Department has launched a free subscription service for industry professionals with the latest information regarding Onsite Wastewater News provided periodically throughout the year. You can subscribe and unsubscribe at any time by following the link at the bottom of this page. Below, you will find a button that will open a pop-up containing the most recently released newsletter. Below that, you will find a dropdown list of past newsletters, separated by year of release. Sign-up today and never miss a newsletter again!


Current Newsletter

Onsite Wastewater 3-26-2024

  • SSTS Professional Open House Meeting
  • 2024 Fee Schedule
  • Online Septic Permitting
  • New Planning and Zoning Contact Info


Onsite Wastewater 1-26-2024

  • Open Environmental Specialist Positions
  • SSTS Professional Open House Meeting
  • Online Septic Permitting
  • New Planning and Zoning Contact Info

Onsite Wastewater 1-5-2024

  • 2024 Fee Schedule
  • County Forms and Submittal Requirements
  • Point of Sale during the winter season


On-Site Wastewater 10-19-2023

  • Fall 2023 Brief Update
  • Department Reorganization  

On-Site Wastewater 9-8-2023

  • Permit Activity Update
  • Replacing Failing Septic Systems Grant Opportunity  
  • The University of Minnesota to Host Two Free Septic Trainings Focused Toward Homeowner Education 
  • Winter Installs: Soil Verifications 
  • Point of Sale Requirements During the Winter Season

On-Site Wastewater 5-9-2023

  • Season Kick Off 
  • Open House Meeting Follow Up
  • NEW Septic Record Look-Up Function 
  • Septic Loan Abatement Program 

On-Site Wastewater 4-10-2023

  • Ordinance 61 Amendments adopted by the St. Louis County Board 
  • Reminder for April 13, 2023, Open House Meeting
  • Be Prepared. What to do with your Septic System During a Flood
  • Contractor Open House Meeting: April 13, 2023
  • Reminder to Submit Outstanding Paperwork and New Cancellation Policy
  • Meet Our New Staff, Teresa and Dylan!
  • Proposed Ordinance 61 Amendments & Open House Public Meeting Information 
  • Winter Sale Requirements
  • Operating Permit Renewals vs. Compliance Inspections


  • Thank You for Another Successful Season!
  • 2022 Numbers Recap
  • Planning for 2023
  • Fall 2022 Check-In
  • Winter Installs: Soil Verifications Now!
  • Point of Sale Requirements During the Winter Season
  • Potential Ordinance 61 Amendments - January 2023
  • Welcome, John Otterbein!

On-Site Wastewater 8-12-2022

  • Permit Activity Update
  • Potential SSTS Ordinance 61 Amendments
  • Other Friendly Reminders

On-Site Wastewater 4-28-2022

  • Kick-Off to the 2022 Construction Season
  • Soil Confirmations
  • Permit to Construct Application and Design Submittals
  • MPCA Type IV and Type III Systems
  • Compliance Inspections
  • Final Inspection Requests
  • As-Builts Required
  • Implementation of Final Inspections by an Independent Inspection Contractor

On-Site Wastewater 3-24-2022

  • SSTS Professionals Open Houses a Success!
  • Dwelling Definition and Bunkhouses/Sleepers
  • Updated SSTS Forms on the County Website
  • Point of Sale Program

On-Site Wastewater 2-18-2022

  • INVITE - SSTS Professionals Open Houses

On-Site Wastewater 1-6-2022

  • Permit numbers for 2021
  • New 2022 fee schedule
  • County forms and submittal requirements
  • Contractor meetings – save the date


Land Use & On-Site Wastewater Planning 10-8-2021

  • Recreational Vehicles (RVs)
  • Land Alterations in Shoreland Areas
  • Short Term Rentals
  • Fast Track Gov - Online Permitting

On-Site Wastewater 10-1-2021

  • Required: Submission of paperwork before issuance of Certificate of Compliance
  • Winter Installs: Soil Verification Now!
  • Fast Track Gov Implementation Success
  • Peat Filter Systems: Technical Standards
  • Off Season Contractor Meetings

On-Site Wastewater 5-27-2021

  • Launch of Online Permitting for Septic Systems
  • Direct Link for Septic Portal
  • Video Demo Link

On-Site Wastewater 4-30-2021

  • New SSTS County forms
  • Installation requirements
  • Management plan requirements
  • Existing system upgrades

On-Site Wastewater 4-9-2021

  • Fast Track Gov announcement
  • Compliance inspections and expired operating permits
  • As-builts required
  • Land alteration within shoreland area
  • Miscellaneous misconceptions

On-Site Wastewater 3-15-2021

  • New SSTS County forms
  • Fast Track Gov permitting system announcement
  • Multiple system compliance inspection process
  • Contour loading rate chart remainder



On-Site Wastewater 12-3-2020

  • Soil confirmations for winter installations
  • Freezing or frozen soil SSTS installation policy
  • Septic records now available online
  • Septic grants & loans

On-Site Wastewater 10-6-2020

  • Septic program moves to Planning Department
  • Message from new Director of Planning Department
  • Septic records available online
  • Online permitting system announcement
  • Septic grants & loans


Onsite Wastewater

Virginia Office

Phone: 218-471-7103
Fax: 218-471-7194

Duluth Office
Phone: 218-471-7103
Fax: 218-471-7194

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