The vacant land evaluation is used to determine the suitability of an individual building site for construction of an on site sewage disposal system. Vacant land evaluations are usually used for property transactions in which the property will not be developed for several years. Following receipt of the required application a sanitarian from the health department will conduct a site visit to determine suitability for an on-site sewage disposal system. A letter will then be issued to inform the applicant of the results of the site evaluation, whether the site was found to be acceptable or unacceptable. If the site is acceptable the letter will contain information regarding the general site conditions and likely construction requirements of a proposed sewage disposal system. If the site is found to be unacceptable the letter will specify the condition(s) for which the site was found to be unacceptable.
It is important to note that the approval letter is not a permit to construct a sewage disposal system and a permit must be obtained prior to any system construction. Although evaluation letters do not have a specific expiration period the results indicate the site conditions at the time of the evaluation. Any on site improvements, development of neighboring properties, or changes in sanitary code requirements may affect the results of the initial report findings.