Septic

Typical Residential Septic Layout

The City of Otsego has adopted Wright County's Point Of Sale ISTS Ordinance.

The University of Minnesota Extension Office has compiled information about onsite septic systems - including how to maintain it.

Selling or buying a home in Otsego with an onsite septic system? Need an inspection prior to sale? Search for a septic inspector or designer.

Septic Inspection Info: We've listed both the MPCA (State's) and Wright County's requirements. Wright County has a 'Point of Sale' ordinance for septic systems. If you are buying or selling a home in Wright County, the following requirements must be met prior to sale.

System passed - Certificate of Compliance issued:

  • Brand New System
    • MPCA - Certificate is good for 5 years
    • Wright County - Certificate is good for 1 year (you'll fill out the county's form and attach the MPCA's / state's form)
  • Existing System
    • MPCA - Certificate is good for 3 years
    • Wright County - Certificate is good for 1 year (you'll fill out the county's form and attach the MPCA's / state's form)

System did not pass - Certificate of Compliance says 'Noncompliant System':

  • Failing to protect groundwater
    • The system shall be upgraded, replaced or its use discontinued within one year of notice
  • Imminent threat to public health and safety
    • The system shall be abated within ten days of notice
    • The system shall be upgraded, replaced, repaired or its use discontinued, within 6 months of notice

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