Randolph County On-Site Wastewater Treatment System Ordinance


This ordinance is enacted pursuant to Sections 192.300.RSMo. 1986. which provides in part as follows: the county commissions and the county health boards of the several counties may make and promulgate orders and ordinances or rules and regulations, respectively as will tend to enhance the public health and prevent the entrance of infectious, contagious, communicable, or dangerous diseases into such a county, but orders and ordinances or rules and regulations shall not conflict with any rules or regulations authorized and made by the Department of Health and Senior Services in accordance with this chapter or by the Department of Social Services under Chapter 198 RSMO.


The Randolph County Commission hereby adopts an ordinance establishing minimum construction standards and procedures for on-site wastewater treatment systems as outlined in RSMo Sections 701.025-701.059 Missouri Laws for On-Site Disposal Systems, Construction Standards, and Permitting Authority.  The Commission also adopts the “Decentralized Wastewater Glossary” as compiled by the Consortium of Institutes for Decentralized Wastewater Treatment (CIDWT) as its definitions resource, however, defers to Missouri State Statute definitions in the above Cited sections where any conflict in definition exists. This ordinance shall follow state law with the following exceptions:

  1. This ordinance shall apply to all properties, regardless of size.
  2. Existing Properties: Prior to connecting any structure to an onsite wastewater treatment system, an inspection is required by a State Licensed On-Site System Inspector/Evaluator or by the Randolph County Health Department (“RCHD”) to assure that the system meets current state construction codes. If it does not, a new system shall be installed or the existing brought into compliance with current state construction codes.
  3. Soil morphologies for wastewater stabilization lagoons will not be required so long as the Randolph County Soil Survey indicates that the area is compatible with such system and so long as the installer of the lagoon has available clay for lining the lagoon, if necessary.
  4. A five person Advisory/Review Board shall be established to rule in variances and grievances, as outlined in the Mission Statement and Procedures.
  5. The RCHD shall be the administrative authority for the implementation or this ordinance. Fees collected shall be used for the On-Site Wastewater Treatment Program in Randolph County.
  6. Actions of the representatives of the administrative authority engaged in the evaluation and determination of measure required to effect compliance with the provisions of this ordinance shall in no way be taken as a guarantee or warranty that sewage treatment and disposal systems approved and permitted will function in a satisfactory manner for any given period.
  7. Violations of the provisions of this ordinance shall constitute a misdemeanor and shall be referred to the Prosecuting Attorney for action.