What do I need to do to get a variance?

First, determine whether you actually need a variance by discussing it with us. Variances are generally required only for building sites that do not meet the minimum lot size. If you do, you would need to apply for the variance by submitting engineering design, a hardship statement, and other required information. The Board of Health meets on the third Tuesday of every month and each meeting date is the deadline for submitting requests for the next months meeting (e.g., March 17 is the deadline for the April 21 meeting). 


An additional hearing fee of $125 is charged for a variance request. Hearings are held the third Tuesday of every month in Hearing Room 2 in the Jefferson County Administration and Courts Facility, commencing at 8 a.m. 

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1. A brown liquid is bubbling out of my garden; can you identify this substance?
2. Can I install my own septic system?
3. Do you have a list of engineers?
4. How do I obtain a permit to replace or install a septic system?
5. How often do I pump my septic tank?
6. I need to know the location and size of my septic system, how many bedrooms my system is built for, or other general septic records?
7. I'm considering building a new house in the mountains. How much property do I need to install a septic system and well?
8. There is a failing septic in my neighborhood. Could you please investigate this situation?
9. What are the fees for a septic system permit?
10. What do I need to do to get a variance?
11. What if I want a septic system for a business or commercial facility?
12. What is a Higher Level Treatment system?
13. Who can design my septic system?