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Onsite Wastewater Management Program

Affordable Septic System Loans

DEQ received funding for loans from the Oregon legislature, learn more at the Septic System Loans for Homeowners and Small Businesses webpage.

Wildfire and septic systems

Many homes were damaged or lost in the Oregon wildfires of September 2020. Septic systems are not immune from damage in the wildfire. There are a number of scenarios when returning home or rebuilding that are likely to come up that these frequently asked questions should help answer.

One thing to keep in mind is septic system materials, such as plastic, steel and concrete, are susceptible to damage by the extreme heat generated in a fire and care should be taken approaching a septic tank after the wildfire.  

After the Fire: Septic System Information: 
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Site allows users to submit some onsite applications online

The Oregon e-Permitting System allows users to create an account to submit and track applications and reports concerning septic permits. Users can use a credit card to pay application, reporting and other onsite fees. Applicants can also receive their permit online. 

A help desk is available to anyone who has questions. It can be reached at or by calling 503-373-7396 or 1-800-442-7457.

Fact sheet: DEQ's Onsite E-Permitting

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