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January 05, 2011


This is the last I saw of it. I am not sure if the current legislative session did anything at all about this issue. I will post the news if I hear anything.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Jan. 20, 2011 – Mandatory septic tank inspections are on hold for at least six months. And if the Florida Legislature takes up a bill to do away with them altogether during this year’s regular session, inspections could go away forever.

The bill postponing inspections passed during the Legislature’s special session in November, and the governor had to either approve or veto it. However, former Gov. Charlie Crist might have vetoed the measure, effectively making the mandatory inspections part of Florida law on Jan. 1, 2011.

Unsure of Crist’s intentions, the Legislature did not submit the bill until the day incoming Gov. Rick Scott took office. Scott then had 15 days to veto the bill or sign it into law. Scott, however, chose neither option and the bill became law automatically after 15 days.

Officially, Florida’s mandatory septic tank inspections – and payment of the fees that accompany an inspection – become official on July 1, 2011, unless the Legislature passes a new bill that Scott doesn’t veto. One bill cancelling the inspections altogether, SB 130, has already been submitted.

Should the program become effective on July 1, the state’s 2.6 million homeowners with septic tanks must get an inspection every five years at a potential cost of $500 each time, though the Florida Department of Health estimates a lower cost of $150 to $200. A Department of Health estimate holds that about 10 percent of Florida’s septic tanks are failing, which translates into about 260,000 homeowners who would face significant costs to upgrade existing systems.

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The last I had heard, they were delaying its implementation but not cancelling it altogether. That was the last thing I have heard and no news posts have been sent to me by the state association to update me.

Has there been any update on this? Thanks in advance!

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