Septic Pumper Permits

The septic pumper program regulates the use and disposal of domestic septage while protecting public health from unsanitary and unhealthful practices and conditions; and to protect surface waters and groundwaters of the state from contamination by septage. A person wishing to engage in the business of servicing septic systems must obtain a permit from the department.

Septic pumper permits are issued on a yearly basis. The timetable for permitting is:

  • Permit renewal for the next year begins November 1.

  • All permits expire on December 31.

  • Deadline for renewal is March 1 of the following year.

Any renewal application postmarked after March 1 will pay fees as a new applicant.

Septic Pumper Manual

The guidance manual for the septic pumper rules undergoes revisions as new information and technologies are developed. Please see Information Tab for current version. 

Land Application

Land application is permitted and is subject to the federal requirements for land application of septage.


The Annual Septic Pumper Exam consists of 20 questions and requires a score of 70% to pass.  All questions are derived from NDAC 33.1-21-02. A certificate can be printed upon completion and is good for one year from date of issuance. 

A hardcopy of the exam may be requested and will be graded upon return to the Department. A certificate of completion will be mailed back to you if the exam is 70% or higher. 

The exam can be taken as many times as needed to obtain a certificate. 

Five-Year Training

For any questions on future five-year training sessions, contact Julianna Zittleman (701) 328-5285

Water Quality Division Employee Email List (click to expand)

Last Name First Name E-Mail Address Program Phone
Anderson Carl WQ Ground Water Monitoring 701-328-5213
Christensen Emily WQ Watershed Management 701-328-5296
Crowdus Kory WQ Ground Water Monitoring 701-328-5202
DeVries Sam WQ NDPDES Permitting 701-328-5215
DeVries Taylor WQ Spill Investigation 701-328-5236
Espe Brady WQ NDPDES Permitting 701-328-5228
Gleich Casey WQ Ground Water Monitoring 701-328-4164
Gross Joe WQ Watershed Management 701-328-5292
Grossman Dallas WQ NDPDES Permitting 701-328-5242
Hanson Lawrence WQ NDPDES Permitting 701-328-5291
Haroldson Marty WQ NDPDES Permitting 701-328-5234
Harries Alison WQ Ground Water Monitoring 701-328-5217
Harrison Kylee WQ NDPDES Permitting 701-328-5187
Joynt Emily WQ Watershed Management 701-328-5239
Kaiser Don WQ Spill Investigation 701-328-5151
Kruske Montana WQ NDPDES Permitting 701-328-5172
Lachenmeier Emilee WQ Watershed Management 701-328-5240
Malchose Jordan WQ Spill Investigation
Miller Meridith WQ Watershed Management 701-328-5166
Rockeman Karl Water Quality Division 701-328-5225
Sanda Joanie Water Quality Division 701-328-5210
Schick McKenzie WQ Watershed Management 701-328-5288
Schiwal Alyssa WQ Ground Water Monitoring 701-328-5159
Schuett Patrick WQ NDPDES Permitting 701-328-5235
Stockdill Scott WQ Spill Investigation 701-328-5241
Strommen Rachel WQ NDPDES Permitting 701-328-5244
Suess Bill WQ Spill Investigation 701-328-5216
Suggs Shannon WQ Ground Water Monitoring 701-328-6409
Waldron Feld Sarah WQ NDPDES Permitting 701-328-5237
Wallery Paige WQ Spill Investigation 701-328-5243
Wax Peter WQ Special Projects 701-328-5268
Zittleman Julianna WQ NDPDES Permitting 701-328-5285