On-Site Sewage Facility

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When people build structures outside the City limits of Cities, there are not service linesSeptic Tanks that carry sewage to municipal treatment plants. On-site sewage facilities (OSSF) are designed to provide a safe method of disposal for sewage without harm to people or the environment. Since the late 1970’s the Amarillo Bi City-County Health District has permitted and inspected septic systems within Potter and Randall Counties.

 

The Environmental Health Department is the Permitting Authority for the AuthorizedSeptic Drainfield Agents (Potter and Randall Counties). This department employs Designated Representatives licensed with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. This authorization is granted to Environmental Health by County Order in both Potter and Randall Counties. Title 30 of the Texas Administrative Code Chapter 285 On-Site Sewage Facilities provides rules that detail the minimum standards for permitting, installing and operating OSSF within Texas.

Each year Environmental Health permits over 500 septic systems within Potter and Randall Counties. Any owner of a facility or home that does not produce more than 5000 gallons of domestic sewage per day may apply for a permit to construct an OSSF unless the property is located within a municipality then permission from the Director of Utilities must be obtained prior to application. Owners of single-family dwellings may install their own septic system. Certified Installers that hold valid licenses issued by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality must install all other OSSF. If you follow this link you can read the entire rules for installing an On-Site Sewage System in Texas.

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Public Access To Septic System Records

The Bi-City County Department of Environmental Health utilizes eBridge Solutions as a web-based record storage system to store copies of septic system permits and provide them to the public. Septic permits are placed on the eBridge site once a system has been approved or inspection was conducted. 

Historical permits have been placed in the system if documentation is readily available. 

If you are unable to locate your desired records, please contact ehealth@amarillo.gov for further assistance. *Public record requests, via this method, may take up to ten (10) days to process. 

Follow instructions below to log in to search septic records for all of Potter and Randall counties:

  • Go to www.ebridge.com
  • Click on Customer Login
  • Username: public
  • Password: publicuser
  • File Cabinet: AMARILLOEH
  • Once logged into the system, click on retrieve (upper left corner) to search Potter/Randall County septic tank permits

 Additional Guidance:

  • A search can be conducted by entering values in any of the provided search fields (permit #, Street Number, Street Name, Owner Name, County, Sub Division, Block #)
  • A general word or number search can also be conducted by utilizing the "Text Search"
  • The "Scan Date" search function is solely the date the record was scanned into eBridge and not the date of installation
  • Once you have located the record, click on the "view" icon on the left hand side of the row to view the record. *Please be aware that multiple records may return for a single property
  • Once you are viewing the record, you may download, print or email from the top left corner

Applications:
On-Site Sewage Facility Reinspection Application
Water Sample Collection Application

On-Site Sewage Facility Application
Existing Septic System Inspection Application
Site and Soil Evaluation Application

Documents:

Law:

Texas Administrative Code (TITLE 30 ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY
PART 1 TEXAS COMMISSION ON ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY
CHAPTER 285 ON-SITE SEWAGE FACILITIES)

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