Compliance inspection prior to home ownership transfer

(undated) -- The questionnaire for the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency SSTS Annual Report asks counties, cities and townships that regulate SSTS if they a require compliance inspection of a home's septic system before the property can be transferred to new ownership. Based on completed questionnaires received by the MPCA in 2014, The percentage of LGUs with point-of-sale inspection programs increased from 2013 to 2014.

In 2013, 225 LGUs responded to the question. Of those, 116 had such a program in place and 109 did not. In 2014, 230 answered the question. Of those, 141 had a program and 89 did not.

In 2013, 52 of 86 reporting counties (60%) said they had a property transfer/SSTS compliance inspection program. For cities, it was 47 of 85 (55%). Sixteen of 52 reporting townships (31%) had a program.

For 2014, 59 of 86 counties (69%) reported a property transfer program. For cities, it was 54 of 84 (64%); for townships it was 26 out of 58 (45%).

Point-of-sale inspection programs are one of the tools local governments can adopt to identify and fix septic systems that pose an imminent threat to public health, are in need of repair or are too close to groundwater.

Detailed contact information for Minnesota Pollution Control Agency SSTS staff is available on the MPCA website: (

All MPCA staff can be reached at 651-296-6300 or toll-free at 1-800-657-3864. Past editions of the SSTS Bulletin are available on the MPCA website.