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Director: Jennifer Johnson
Skagit County Homeowner Septic Education Program
Take "Septics 101" Here.
Step 1: Septics 101

Learn the basics of septic system design, maintenance, and dos and don’ts to keep your septic system working well as long as possible. Maintaining your septic system will save you money as well as help maintain or improve surface and groundwater quality in Skagit County.
As per inspection requirements set forth in SCC 12.05.160 and WAC 246-272A-0270 a homeowner will become eligible to inspect their own septic system only if the following conditions are met:

  1. The septic system is a conventional gravity septic system
  2. The homeowner can supply a record drawing of the septic system.
  3. The property is not immediately adjacent to a marine shoreline.
  4. The inspection is not for the purpose of a real estate transfer.

If you meet these conditions, your first step is to take the Septics 101 Class online .  It is a 40 minute narrated presentation followed by a 20 question quiz on septic system basics. Once you submit your quiz and contact information, we will have a record of you completing Septics 101.

Take Septics 101 Class And Quiz Here

Step 2: Septics 201

Septics 201 field classes are held outdoors and are limited to 35 people each.

Once you (the homeowner) have completed Septics 101, you may email Skagit County Public Health at EH@co.skagit.wa.us to be placed on the Septics 201 waitlist. We offer in person, Septics 201 field classes approximately every other month. When the next class is scheduled, we will email our entire waitlist and accept the first 35 responses into the next class.

For more information contact Skagit County Public Health by telephone at (360) 416-1500 or by email at EH@co.skagit.wa.us , or in person at:

Environmental Health
1800 Continental Place, Mount Vernon, WA 98273
from 8:30-4:30 on any day that county offices are open Monday – Friday (except for holidays and county closure days)