To complete a septic or well application through the Environmental Health Section with the Jackson County Department of Public Health, you will need to complete six main steps. Read more about the steps below to include the forms that need to be completed prior to a Registered Environmental Health Specialist assisting you with the permitting process. For questions about any of these steps, call the Environmental Health Section at 828-587-8250.
Step 1: Complete a Land Development Application
Land Development Applications can be completed through Jackson County Permitting and Code Enforcement. Offices for Jackson County Permitting and Code Enforcement are located in Sylva and Cashiers. To reach the Sylva Office, call 828-586-7560; to reach the Cashiers Office, call 828-745-6852. Make sure to include the following information in this application:
- Name of the current property owner
- Phone number of the current property owner
- Address of property
If you are not the current property owner or if you wish to name someone other than yourself to meet with the inspectors at the site when evaluations are performed, please include the name, phone number, and address of that person as well.
After you have completed a Land Development Application, move on to Step 2.
Step 2: Collect Required Information and Complete the Application for Environmental Health Services
To accurately and completely fill out the Application for Environmental Health Services, you will need to collect the following information and include it on the Application for Environmental Health Services:
- PIN: This is a 10 digit number that usually begins with 7 or 8. It can be found on GoMaps or on tax documents.
- 911 address for the property
- Development Name (if property is located in a development); Include section and lot number
- If residential, is the request for a new single family home, expansion of an existing system, or repair to an existing system?
- Number of bedrooms
- Number of occupants
- Other features to be included in the residential home (Mobile home? Basement? Basement with plumbing?)
- If commercial, work with a Registered Environmental Health Specialist to complete this section
- Service(s) you are requesting
- Restrictions that may apply
- Type of water supply you have or will have
- Desired system type
Ensure that all of the aforementioned information is provided and that the Application for Environmental Health Services is completely filled out.
Step 3: Review and Complete Environmental Health Section Instructions for Applicant
Review the Environmental Health Section Instructions for Applicant, also called the "checklist." Initial by each of the items on the checklist, indicating that you have read and understand the requirements. Please note that if Registered Environmental Health Specialists visits your property and an item on the checklist is not completed, you will be charged a $50 go-back fee as Specialists will have to go back to your property at a later date when all items on the checklist are completed.
Step 4: Obtain a Survey (Plat)
A completed Environmental Health Application for Services includes a survey (plat). If you do not have a survey (plat) for your property, contact the Jackson County Register of Deeds by calling 828-587-7530 to see if one is on file. Alternatively, you can complete a site map. The site map must include the ways and means from the deed. For questions about surveys (plats), call the Environmental Health Section at 828-587-8250.
Step 5: Complete the Environmental Health General Information Letter
To summarize the processes that the Environmental Health Section follows, the Section provides you with a copy of the Environmental Health General Information letter. Read this letter and sign it to indicate that you understand the processes.
Step 6: Submit your Application Packet and Payment
Once Steps 1 through 5 are completed, you are ready to submit your application packet and payment to the Environmental Health Section. Submission can be done in one of three ways:
- By emailing email@example.com
- In person at the Sylva Office located at 538 Scotts Creek Road Suite 100 Sylva, NC 28779; 828-587-8250
- In person at the Cashiers Office located at 357 Frank Allen Road Cashiers, NC 28171; 828-745-6852
Include the following completed forms in your submission:
- Application for Environmental Health Services
- Environmental Health Section Instructions for Applicant
- Environmental Health General Information
- Survey (Plat) of your property
Payment is due with the submission of the application. Payment can be given in person or via credit card over the phone.