The Bureau of Environmental Health is operating BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. Appointments are available on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9:00am – 12:00pm by calling the number below.
For customers who have plans/blueprints/documents to submit for review, there will be a contact-less drop box located outside the building entrance. This will be monitored daily by staff from 8:30am - 3pm. No appointment necessary to drop plans off.
The Well and Septic Program ensures that the installation and repair of all drinking water wells and on-site sewage disposal systems in Howard County are performed properly. Our program reviews all proposed designs for on-site sewage disposal systems to ensure they follow State and Local regulations. Environmental Health Specialists conduct inspections of wells and onsite sewage disposal systems and test water from private drinking wells to protect residents from diseases associated with germs found in wastewater.
Office Hours for Well & Septic Program:
8:00a.m. - 12:00p.m.
1:00p.m. - 5:00p.m.
Wet season testing for 2020 has ended. Testing in wet season soil units other than for repairs to failing systems will not be scheduled until the next designated wet season. Please contact the Well & Septic Program at 410-313-1771 with questions.
Report a failing septic system
Repair a failing septic system
Online public file search
Public Information Act (PIA) Request Form
Percolation Test and Plan Requirements for Developed Lots
Conventional On-Site Sewage Disposal System Design Plan Requirements
Howard County Code - On-site Sewage Disposal Systems (Septic Systems)
Code of Maryland Regulations (COMAR) 26.04 Water Supply, Sewage Disposal, and Solid Waste