Is everyone in Hanover County required to have their septic tank pumped out or inspected?
No. A limited number of drainfields are not located in the CBPA. If you like, you can provide information to Hanover County documenting that your on-site sewage disposal system is not located within a CBPA or call the Department of Public Works at 804-365-6181 for assistance.

Also, a few systems have plastic filters permitted by the Virginia Department of Health. These systems are also not required to pump-out every 5 years because they routinely require more frequent maintenance. If you have an approved plastic filter, you may submit evidence and request being removed from the program. The Virginia Department of Health does not have a list of systems with approved plastic filters. Regular pumping and maintenance will save you money and protect the environment.

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1. Why am I being required to have my septic tank pumped out or inspected before the septic tank is full?
2. What is a Chesapeake Bay Preservation Area (CBPA)?
3. Should I wait to receive a notice, every 5 years, before having my septic tank pumped-out or inspected?
4. Is everyone in Hanover County required to have their septic tank pumped out or inspected?
5. Tell me more about the exemption for systems with Virginia Department of Health approved plastic filters.
6. Is everyone receiving this notice at the same time?
7. Who do I contact to have my septic system pumped out or inspected?
8. If I have had my septic system pumped-out within the last five years, do I need to have it pumped-out again in order to comply with the County’s pump-out program?
9. If my house and septic system is less than 5 years old do I need to have my septic tank pumped?
10. What if I have multiple septic systems on my property?
11. What if I don’t know where my septic tank is located or if I even have a septic tank?
12. What if I don’t know when my septic tank has been pumped-out?
13. Do I have to keep records?
14. What if I have an alternative septic system?
15. Who is responsible for costs associated with required maintenance of my on-site sewer system?
16. If I need more information who should I contact?