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TITLE 30ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY
PART 1TEXAS COMMISSION ON ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY
CHAPTER 285ON-SITE SEWAGE FACILITIES
SUBCHAPTER AGENERAL PROVISIONS
RULE §285.5Submittal Requirements for Planning Materials

(a) Submittal of planning material. Planning materials required under this chapter shall be submitted by the owner, or owner's agent, to the permitting authority for review and approval according to this section. All planning materials shall comply with this chapter and shall be submitted according to §285.91(9) of this title (relating to Tables). A legal description of the property where an on-site sewage facility (OSSF) is to be installed must be included with the permit application. Additionally, a scale drawing of the OSSF, all structures served by the OSSF, and all items specified in §285.30(b) of this title (relating to Site Evaluation) and §285.91(10) of this title must be included with the permit application.

  (1) Planning materials prepared by an owner or installer. Either the owner or installer may prepare the planning materials for any proposed OSSF not requiring the preparation of plans according to paragraphs (2) or (3) of this subsection.

  (2) Planning materials prepared by a professional engineer or professional sanitarian. OSSF planning materials shall be prepared by a professional engineer or professional sanitarian (with appropriate seal, date, and signature) as follows, unless otherwise specified in this chapter:

    (A) any proposals for treatment or disposal that are not standard as described in Subchapter D of this chapter (relating to Planning, Construction, and Installation Standards for OSSFs) unless otherwise specified under §285.91(9) of this title;

    (B) any proposal for an OSSF to serve manufactured housing communities, recreational vehicle parks, or multi-unit residential developments where spaces are rented or leased;

    (C) all subdivision and development plans as required in §285.4(c) of this title (relating to Facility Planning);

    (D) a proposal for multiple treatment and disposal systems on large tracts of land; or

    (E) all applications for new OSSF construction within the Edwards Aquifer Recharge Zone.

  (3) Planning materials prepared by a professional engineer. OSSF planning materials shall be prepared by a professional engineer (with appropriate seal, date, and signature) as follows, unless otherwise specified in this chapter:

    (A) all proposals for non-standard treatment systems that require secondary treatment as detailed in Subchapter D of this chapter; or

    (B) verifications that precast concrete septic tanks conform to the requirements of §285.32(b)(1)(E)(i) of this title (relating to Criteria for Sewage Treatment Systems); or

    (C) designs demonstrating that the requirements of §285.31(c)(2) of this title (relating to Selection Criteria for Treatment and Disposal Systems) related to the regulated floodway have been met.

(b) Review of planning materials.

  (1) Standard planning materials. All planning materials for standard treatment or disposal systems shall be reviewed by the permitting authority.

  (2) Non-standard planning materials. The executive director shall review and respond to initial plans for all non-standard planning material for any system described in §285.32(d) of this title and §285.33(d)(6) of this title (relating to Criteria for Effluent Disposal Systems) within ten calendar days of receipt of the planning materials. After favorable review by the executive director, the same non-standard system planning materials may be reviewed and approved by the authorized agent for different locations, provided the same site conditions exist for which the planning materials were developed.

  (3) Proprietary planning materials. Planning materials for proprietary treatment or disposal systems, as described in §285.32(c) or §285.33(c) of this title, shall be submitted to the executive director for review. The systems and the testing protocol shall be approved by the executive director before the systems can be installed in the state.


Source Note: The provisions of this §285.5 adopted to be effective February 5, 1997, 22 TexReg 1114; amended to be effective June 13, 2001, 26 TexReg 4115; amended to be effective July 31, 2002, 27 TexReg 6714; amended to be effective September 11, 2008, 33 TexReg 7536; amended to be effective December 27, 2012, 37 TexReg 9947

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