Chester County Health Department Revises Fee Schedule

July 2010Newsletters In the Zone

Six months after releasing a new fee schedule, the Chester County Health Department has revised and approved a new fee schedule for on-lot sewage disposal systems and well drilling, effective June 1, 2010.

The Department reacted to concerns from various local contractors over the January 1 schedule. That fee schedule had attempted to break out the individual costs for each activity (testing, inspecting, etc.). However, due to confusion within the contactor community, the Department opted to return to a single-fee style of charging for its services.

Many local agency and health department budgets across Pennsylvania have suffered as a result of the Department of Environmental Protection balking on its reimbursement for on-lot sewage programs. Consequently, and at the urging of Gov. Rendell, delegated agencies have been raising fees to cover all costs. The Chester County Health Department calculated its most expensive sewage permitting scenario and set its fees accordingly. For a new major permit that requires testing, a residential permit would cost $1,700.

For more information, please contact Robert W. Gundlach, Jr. at 215.918.3636 or [email protected].