Sewage Program

WV Sewage Regulations have various requirements for lots seeking an on-site, sub-surface system. These may vary based on lot size, date the property was created, and the type of establishment to be served. However, in most cases, percolation tests are required in evaluating the property.

For a homeowner to do a perc test or to install their own system, they must take and pass the “Homeowner’s Exam.” This test is open book and can be taken at any of our 6 county offices. The fee for this exam is $50 per attempt, and we ask that you call and let the office assistant know you are planning to do this at least 1 business day before.

If you plan to have someone else install your system, they must be a “Certified Sewage System Installer” licensed by the State of West Virginia. The names and phone numbers of these individuals can be found through this site, SEWAGE SYSTEM INSTALLERS

What Is a Soil Percolation (Perc) Test?

* This is a test to evaluate the ability of the ground to absorb water.
* It is a representation of how the absorption field will perform.

If you have any questions, contact the Sanitarian at your local health department office here.

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