Septic System Information
Board of Health Guidelines to Maintaining your Septic System
If you need a copy of your septic as built for pumping purposes, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. If we have one on file, we will try email on the same day, however, please allow us 48 hours to reply.
Click here to search for a list of this year's licensed Title V Inspectors or Septic Installers and to see our recent septic (disposal system) construction permits, pending and issued, and corresponding files.
Septic designs for new construction, repairs and most alterations require that a Massachusetts Professional Engineer or a Massachusetts Registered Sanitarian provide a professional stamped plan for the design. We have a list of these professionals that work regularly in the Easton area for your convenience. Also, available is a list of septic system installers that are currently licensed in the town. Please call to request the most updated information.
Title 5 Inspections:
Title 5 requires that all septic systems be inspected whenever there is a transfer of the title to the facility served by the system. There are some specific exceptions to this rule -systems that have been constructed with in 2 years of the transfer; transfers between spouses, parents and children, siblings and some trusts, are a few examples. Inspectors who perform this work must be licensed by both the State of Massachusetts and the Easton Board of Health. Inspectors must comply with the requirements of Title 5 and the Easton BOH inspection regulations.
An inspector can provide you the condition of your septic in writing by providing you a Title 5 Official Inspection Form. If you are just curious and do not wish to have your results documented you can also request a voluntary assessment of your system. We have available on file copies of the Title 5 inspection reports and Certificates of Compliance which are required prior to the sale of real estate.
1) Septic Betterment Loan Program. Click here. This program provides loans at a low interest rate from the Town with no income eligibility requirement.
2) Mass Housing Septic System Repair Loan Program. Click here. This program provides no and low interest loans through participating lenders to borrowers who meet income eligibility requirements.
3) The Commonwealth provides a tax credit of up to $6,000 over 4 years to defray the cost of septic repairs to a primary residence. Forms are available from the Department of Revenue (DOR) to enable homeowners to claim up to $6,000 in tax credits for septic upgrades. The credit cannot exceed $1,500 in any year and may be spread out over 4 years. The tax credit is limited to work done on a primary residence only. Tax Form Schedule SC is the correct form for the tax credits. Click here for this form.
Click here to learn about the Septic Betterment Program (a program offering low interest loans to Easton residents)
TIR 99-20: Title 5 Septic System Expenditures Credit -- Calculation of Subsidy Deduction
MassHousing Septic System Repair Loan Program
All alterations, repairs and construction of on-site septic systems that discharge less than ten thousand gallons per day (10,000 gpd) are reviewed and approved at the local level. This would include septic repair work related to corrections needed on Title 5 transfer of property inspections reports.
All septic plans are to be accompanied with a completed application for Disposal System Construction Permit and the appropriate fee for the review process to start.
All local and state variance requests are required to be in writing and submitted to the Board of Health seven (7) working days prior to the meeting so adequate time will be allowed for plan review. Title 5 variance requests are required to have abutters notification ten (10) days prior to the Board of Health hearing.
If no variance is sought then the septic application is reviewed and approved by the Health Department Office.