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The Florida Department of Health works to protect, promote, and improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county, and community efforts.

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Onsite Sewage Disposal

Florida Department of Health - Highlands County

  •  863-386-6040

    Mailing Address

    7205 South George Boulevard Sebring, FL 33875 



Onsite Sewage Treatment and Disposal Systems (OSTDS) 

NOTE: Effective July 1, 2021, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is responsible for implementing the Florida Statutes and regulations applicable to OSTDS.  Under Florida's Clean Waterways Act of 2020, county health department offices will continue to do the permitting and inspection for septic tanks; please continue to work with them for all of your permit-related needs.  If you have questions, please contact

Onsite sewage treatment and disposal systems, commonly referred to as septic systems, are a safe and effective means of wastewater disposal for 30 percent of Florida's population. This program ensures that the OSTDS is properly designed, constructed, and maintained through permitting and inspection, and contributes to safe ground water, which provides 90 percent of Florida's drinking water. 

The governing authorities for this program and all forms can be found at


Bill Pay

Environmental Health bills and fees can be paid in person or by mail at the address below, or you can visit our bill pay site at

             7205 South George Boulevard, Sebring, FL  33875


Location and Contact Information

Find local contact information at the following:

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Private Provider Inspections

Starting July 1, 2022, owners or contractors with owner authorization have the option to hire a private provider to perform inspections of OSTDS.  DEP has begun implementation of this new law.  Visit Private Provider Inspections of OSTDS | Florida Department of Environmental Protection for more information. 


OSTDS Operating Permits (only applies to counties that use operating permits)

Operating permits are required for aerobic treatment units (ATUs), performance-based treatment systems (PBTs), commercial septic systems, and industrial or manufacturing zoned (or equivalent).