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Wastewater Permit-to-Install (PTI) Program

A PTI is needed when a person wishes to construct any wastewater collection, storage or treatment system or wishes to modify any existing wastewater collection, storage or treatment system.

A PTI is required by Ohio Revised Code 6111.44 and Ohio Revised Code 6111.45 and rules in Ohio Administrative Code 3745-42.

Permit-To-Install Tracking

To check the status of any pending PTIs , please click the below link.

What's New?

Updates

  • Electronic PTI Submission Information
    • The following are procedures for submitting PTIs to the Division of Surface Water. Please select whether your PTI is less than or greater than 25 MB in size for more detail.

Rules

  • The rules for PTIs are in Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) Rule 3745-42

Miscellaneous

  • Common Errors: Common mistakes made on PTI applications and detailed plans.

Upcoming Training Events

  • No training events available at this time - please check back! 

Files less than 25 MB

1. Documents which are less than 25 MB in size should be emailed. Please find your county name where the project will be located for the email of the appropriate district engineer.
 

CENTRAL DISTRICT OFFICE
Submit documents to Anthony.Hanes@epa.ohio.gov 

NORTHEAST DISTRICT OFFICE
All counties to be sent to this LiquidFiles website: https://fileshare.epa.ohio.gov/filedrop/nedo_dsw_submittals

SOUTHWEST DISTRICT OFFICE
Submit documents to SWDO.DSW.PTISubmittals@epa.ohio.gov

NORTHWEST DISTRICT OFFICE

County Email
Allen Peggy.Christie@epa.ohio.gov
Ashland Gary.Christie@epa.ohio.gov
Auglaize Justin.Williams@epa.ohio.gov
Crawford Ryan.Gierhart@epa.ohio.gov
Defiance Lori.Komorowski@epa.ohio.gov
Erie Justin.Williams@epa.ohio.gov
Fulton Gary.Christie@epa.ohio.gov
Hancock Michael.Donnelly@epa.ohio.gov
Hardin Gary.Christie@epa.ohio.gov
Henry Peggy.Christie@epa.ohio.gov
Huron  Gary.Christie@epa.ohio.gov
Lucas  Michael.Donnelly@epa.ohio.gov
Marion  Luke.Heritage@epa.ohio.gov
Mercer  Lori.Komorowski@epa.ohio.gov
Ottawa  Justin.Williams@epa.ohio.gov
Paulding  Luke.Heritage@epa.ohio.gov
Putnam  Michael.Donnelly@epa.ohio.gov
Richland  Ryan.Gierhart@epa.ohio.gov
Sandusky  Lori.Komorowski@epa.ohio.gov
Seneca  Luke.Heritage@epa.ohio.gov
VanWert  Lori.Komorowski@epa.ohio.gov
Williams  Michael.Donnelly@epa.ohio.gov
Wood  Peggy.Christie@epa.ohio.gov
Wyandot  Luke.Heritage@epa.ohio.gov


SOUTHEAST DISTRICT OFFICE

County Contact
Adams dustin.tschudy@epa.ohio.gov
Athens brandon.atwood@epa.ohio.gov
Belmont ariel.ruth@epa.ohio.gov
Coshocton aaron.pennington@epa.ohio.gov
Gallia jack.knapp@epa.ohio.gov
Guernsey annika.gurrola@epa.ohio.gov
Harrison ariel.ruth@epa.ohio.gov
Hocking alex.delValle@epa.ohio.gov
Jackson emily.poling@epa.ohio.gov
Jefferson annika.gurrola@epa.ohio.gov
Lawrence emily.poling@epa.ohio.gov
Meigs dustin.tschudy@epa.ohio.gov
Monroe kurt.mcGinnis@epa.ohio.gov
Morgan dustin.tschudy@epa.ohio.gov
Muskingum kurt.mcGinnis@epa.ohio.gov
Noble kurt.mcGinnis@epa.ohio.gov
Perry christopher.walton@epa.ohio.gov
Pike dustin.tschudy@epa.ohio.gov
Ross jack.knapp@epa.ohio.gov
Scioto emily.poling@epa.ohio.gov
Tuscarawas brandon.atwood@epa.ohio.gov
Vinton  dustin.tschudy@epa.ohio.gov
Washington jack.knapp@epa.ohio.gov

Files greater than 25MB

2. Documents greater than 25 MB in size need to be submitted to the appropriate district office following the directions below. Liquid Files is the platform used by Ohio EPA. The written instructions can be found in the Electronic Submission of Data to Ohio EPA file, and YouTube instructions can be found in the How to submit large electronic files to Ohio EPA using LiquidFiles video.

CENTRAL DISTRICT OFFICE
Submit documents through Liquid Files and to Anthony.Hanes@epa.ohio.gov 

NORTHEAST DISTRICT OFFICE
All counties to be sent to this LiquidFiles website: https://fileshare.epa.ohio.gov/filedrop/nedo_dsw_submittals

NORTHWEST DISTRICT OFFICE
Submit documents through Liquid Files:

SOUTHEAST DISTRICT OFFICE
Submit documents through Liquid Files and direct to Stephen.Lear@epa.ohio.gov

SOUTHWEST DISTRICT OFFICE
Submit documents through Liquid Files and direct to Geoffrey.Holmes@epa.ohio.gov

How to Obtain a PTI

Once you determine you need a PTI for your project, the following is a step-by-step process of “How to Obtain a PTI.”  If you are not sure that you need a PTI, please contact a Central Office staff member.

An application cannot be considered complete unless all applicable questions are answered and the required information submitted. Please make sure you have the most recent version when you prepare your application.

  1. Fill out Form A. (Please note: Applicant needs to sign form. This is not the design engineer or consultant.)
  2. Determine and complete appropriate B Forms, dependent upon if the project is a Sanitary Sewer Extension, Onsite System, Holding Tank, or Wastewater Treatment Plant.
  3. Fill out an Antidegradation Addendum form for all PTI projects that meet the applicability criteria established under Ohio Administrative Code 3745-1-05(B)(1).  For sanitary sewer extensions with stream crossings, and for WWTP construction if there is work in or near a stream bed, also fill out a Stream Evaluation Addendum and worksheet.
  4. Submit the following appropriate forms electronically in a PDF format to your respective District Office. Please see the What's New tab for current submission process.
  • the detailed plans with PE stamp, signature and date;
  • any separate equipment/construction specifications with PE stamp, signature and date. If the engineer wants an approved copy, notify the District. The pages of the specifications, if separate from the plans, must be a separate document with a cover page with the same project title/name as the plans. For smaller projects, the engineer is encouraged to include the specifications on the detailed plans.
  • Form A;
  • the corresponding Form B;
  • the Antidegradation Addendum Form if the project is subject to the Antidegradation Rule (OAC 3745-1-05). See item 19 on application Form A.
  • the Stream Evaluation Addendum and Worksheet, if appropriate, e.g. project involves work near a stream or there are stream crossings
  • Options to pay the appropriate fees will be given by the District Office after submission of the PTI.
    • (a) $100 Application Fee
    • (b) $100 Plan Review Fee
    • (c) Construction/Installation Cost multiplied by 0.0065

Total Fee = (a) + (b) + (c)  (Not to exceed $15,100.00)

For specific requirements please see the Sanitary Sewer Extensions, Onsite Systems, Holding Tanks, or Wastewater Treatment Plants tabs.

Forms

Each application form is available online as an Adobe Reader [PDF] file and a Microsoft Word [DOC] file. The PDF forms must be printed and completed by typewriter or by hand. The [DOC] forms can be completed by using your keyboard to type in the appropriate language or to make the appropriate selections. If the text of the [DOC] form jumps around while you're typing, switch to Normal View (under View on the Word toolbar or in the lower left hand corner of your screen).

View the PTI General Permits & the application forms for them.

Form Description Downloads
Instructions Permit-to-Install/Plan Approval Application Instructions PDF DOC
Form A Permit to Install/Plan Approval Application PDF DOC
Form A2 Management Plan Renewal Application (Instructions) PDF DOC
Form B1 Sanitary Sewers PDF DOC
Form B1 -att Attachment: Sewer Pumping Stations PDF DOC
Form B2 Onsite Sewage Treatment Systems PDF DOC
Form B3 Wastewater Treatment Plants Less Than 100,000 GPD PDF DOC
Form B4 WWTPs Greater Than or Equal to 100,000 GPD and All Pond Systems PDF DOC
Form B4 -1 WWTP Pumping Stations PDF DOC
Form B4 - 2 Preliminary Treatment PDF DOC
Form B4 - 3 Biological Treatment PDF DOC
Form B4 - 4 Settling PDF DOC
Form B4 - 5 Filtration PDF DOC
Form B4 - 6 Disinfection PDF DOC
Form B4 - 7 Sludge Treatment and Disposal PDF DOC
Form B4 - 8 Ponds PDF DOC
Form B4 - 9 Treated Sewage Storage Facility PDF DOC
Form B5 Industrial Direct Discharge Facility PDF DOC
Form B6 Industrial Indirect Discharger Facility PDF DOC
Form B7 Underground Storage Tank Remediation PDF DOC
Form B8 Holding Tanks PDF DOC
Form B8 -att NEW! Sewage Holding Tank Decommission PDF DOC
Form B12 Site Evaluation PDF DOC
Form B13 Soil Evaluation PDF DOC
Form C1 Plan Approval - Management Plan For Sludge or Industrial Byproducts other than Treated Sewage PDF DOC
Form C2 Treated Sewage Land Application Management Plan PDF DOC
Form C3 Sewage Holding Tank Management Plan PDF DOC
Antidegradation Addendum Additional information needed to ensure compliance with OAC 3745-1-05: Antidegradation Link
Supplement to Antideg Addendum Stream Evaluation Addendum (S.E.A.)
  • S.E.A. Worksheet
PDF
PDF
DOC
Supplement to Form C1 Optional Attachment to PTI Application Form C1 - Daily Event Record Keeping Form PDF
Supplement to Form C2 Optional Attachment to PTI Application Form C2 - Daily Event Record Keeping Form PDF
Transfer Form Transfer a PTI/Plan Approval from one company to another PDF DOC
Admin Change Form Document any admin changes by using the PTI Modification Form PDF DOC

Sanitary Sewer Extensions

Typical projects that fall into this category include, but are not limited to: gravity sanitary sewer line installation, force main installation, sewer/force main with pump station, etc. 

In addition to specific sanitary sewer extension requirements listed here, applicant must provide all material included in the How to Obtain a PTI tab.

Forms
Forms associated with sanitary sewer extensions projects.

  • Form A: Applicant information
  • Form B1: Sanitary sewer extension (use most recent flow data from publicly owned treatment works)
  • Form B1 Attachment: Pump Station
  • Antidegradation Addendum
  • Stream Evaluation Addendum: If there is a stream crossing, or other work in or near a stream bed, a stream evaluation is needed; exclusions.

Additional Sanitary Sewer Extension Information

Permit-to-Install Requirements for Sanitary Sewer Projects

Pipe Specifications

Make sure the detailed plans include:

  • a PE stamp, signature and date
  • a site/vicinity map
  • a City sign-off

For other related topics: OAC 3745-42

Onsite Systems

Onsite sewage treatment & dispersal systems are installed in areas where sanitary sewers are not available. The goal of these systems is the treatment of wastewater via mechanical and/or natural processes to the point where the treated wastewater can be safely released into the environment without causing harm to the surrounding environment and human health.

In addition to the specific onsite sewage treatment & dispersal system requirements listed here, applicant must provide all material included in the How to Obtain a Permit tab.

Interim Onsite Sewage Treatment System Guidance Document  

Listing of SFOSTS (as of 10/17/07) - On January 1, 2007, Ohio Department of Health's rules for Small Flow Onsite Sewage Treatment Systems went into effect. Please visit the link below for a list of counties that have or will take on the SFOSTS: https://odh.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/odh/know-our-programs/sewage-treatment-systems/resources-and-education/smallflowchart.

Forms
Forms associated with onsite system projects.

  • Form A: Applicant information
  • Form B2: Onsite Sewage Treatment & Dispersal Systems
  • Form B8: Holding Tanks
  • Antidegradation Addendum

Additional Onsite System Information

  • List of Pipe Specifications
  • Soils Consideration - A soils evaluation must be submitted by a certified soil scientist or other qualified professionals.  They must:
  • Determine the depth to limiting condition and what it is
  • Identify soils classification
  • Identify soil horizons
  • Estimate soil permeability rates in each horizon
  • Professional Soil Scientists - Consultants List provided by The Association of Ohio Pedologists

For other related topics: OAC 3745-42

Holding Tanks

Holding tanks for sewage are permissible when no sanitary sewers are readily available, when sanitary sewers are being proposed but will not be available for up to 12 months, or when an existing onsite wastewater treatment & dispersal system has failed and sewers are not available. Holding tanks for industrial wastewater are generally acceptable with proper permits and construction.

In addition to specific holding tank requirements listed here, applicant must provide all material included in the How to Obtain a PTI tab.

Forms
Forms associated with sewage holding tank projects.

  • Form A: Applicant information
  • Form B8: Holding Tanks
  • Antidegradation Addendum

Additional Holding Tank Information
A PTI for a holding tank must also include:

  • Audio/Visual High Water Alarm
  • Copy of contract between applicant and hauler
  • Copy of contract between hauler and POTW accepting the waste for sewage

For other related topics: OAC 3745-42

Wastewater Plants

Wastewater treatment plants are broken up into two main distinctions, >100,000 gpd and <100,000 gpd.

For plants >100,000 gpd see 10 State Standards

For plants <100,000 gpd see the Green Book.

In addition to wastewater treatment plant requirements listed here, applicant must provide all material included in the How to Obtain a PTI tab.

Forms
Forms associated with discharging system projects.

  • Form A: Applicant information
  • Form B3: Wastewater Treatment Plants Less Than 100,000 GPD
  • Form B4: WWTP’s Greater Than or Equal to 100,000 GPD and All Pond Systems
  • Form B4-1: WWTP Pumping Stations
  • Form B4-2: Preliminary Treatment
  • Form B4-3: Biological Treatment
  • Form B4-4: Settling
  • Form B4-5: Filtration
  • Form B4-6: Disinfection
  • Form B4-7: Sludge Treatment and Disposal
  • Form B4-8: Ponds
  • Form B5: Industrial Direct Discharger Facility
  • Form B6: Industrial Indirect Discharger Facility
  • Antidegradation Addendum
  • Stream Evaluation Addendum: If there is work in or near a stream bed, a stream evaluation is needed

Semipublic Disposal System Inspection (HB110) Program
By implementing House Bill 110 (HB110) in 1984, the Ohio General Assembly created Ohio EPA's Semipublic Disposal System Inspection program (often referred to as the HB110 program). The program is a contractual partnership between local health districts (LHDs) and Ohio EPA, whereby LHDs conduct, on behalf of the Agency, inspection and enforcement services for commercial sanitary waste treatment/disposal systems discharging between 0-25,000 gallons per day (semipublics). 

For other related topics: OAC 3745-42

General Permits

Documents

Policies

See the DSW Policy Documents. Currently, there are no PTI related policies. However, past rescinded policies are still available on-line for your information.

Guidance / Manuals

Final Division of Surface Water guidance documents are on the DSW Guidance Documents page.

Guidance documents/manuals on the topics below are being assembled. They are reference materials used by Ohio EPA staff when reviewing PTIs. Please note that there are other reference materials out there to be used. Ohio EPA is not strictly endorsing any. The list is provided to show what guidance is being used to help aid in the review of PTIs.

Wastewater Treatment Plants and Collection Systems

  • Recommended Standards for Wastewater Systems (Ten States Standards)
  • Design Standards for Systems ≤ 100,000 gpd (Greenbook)
    • This document is an update to the technical design manual previously referenced to as "Sewage: Collection, Treatment and Disposal Where Public Sewers Are Not Available". The updated design manual is the compilation of research and experience of Ohio EPA staff and design engineers. It reflects a representation of what has been learned through the oversight of the operations and maintenance of these smaller wastewater treatment plants (less than or equal to 100,000 gallons per day capacity). The Greenbook defines typical design parameters for these wastewater treatment plants and highlights operating conditions that may be appropriate to be considered. Though the standards established within this design manual are not regulations or requirements, the standards expressed are a starting point and highlights Ohio EPA’s expressed opinion as to proper design considerations.

Onsite Wastewater Treatment Systems (General)

Onsite Wastewater Treatment Systems (Mound Systems)

Onsite Wastewater Treatment Systems (Drip Distribution)

Onsite Wastewater Treatment Systems (Leach Fields)

Onsite Wastewater Treatment Systems (Constructed Wetlands)

Sand Filters

Sanitary Sewer Extension

Pump Stations

Fact Sheets

Other Documents

FAQs

Q:  What is a PTI?
A:  A permit to install is required by law under Ohio Revised Code 6111.44 and 6111.45, and Ohio Administrative Code 3745-42.

Q:  Do I need a PTI?
A:  A permit to install is needed for any installation or modification of wastewater treatment, conveyance or disposal system, except as exempted by rule. See rule 3745-42-02 for rule exemptions.

Q:  How do I get a PTI?
A:  See the How to Obtain a PTI tab.

Q:  What do I need to include in my PTI application?
A:  For every PTI submitted you must include:

  • the appropriate fees;
  • detailed plans with PE stamp, signature and date;
  • Form A;
  • the appropriate Form B; and
  • the Antidegradation Addendum Form.

For specific forms and information, see:

  • The Sanitary Sewer Extensions tab
  • The Onsite Systems tab
  • The Holding Tanks tab
  • The Wastewater Treatment Plants tab
  • Pipe Specifications

Q:  Where do I submit my PTI Application?
A:  Please see the What's New tab for how to submit a PTI.

Q:  What are the most common mistakes made when filling out PTI Forms and Detailed Plans?
A:  See Common Errors on Wastewater Permit-to-Install Applications.