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
here for the current version.
Land application is permitted and is subject to the federal requirements for land application of septage.
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
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.
In-person training is required once every 5 years.