Compliance Inspections & Outcome Explanations

What is a Compliance Inspection?

A compliance Inspection is now required in many counties in Minnesota before a property can be sold or transferred. A county may also require a pumping certificate of the septic tank (s). The outcomes of of a compliance inspection are:


Compliant: This means the septic system is up to today’s codes and can be transferred without and difficulties or modifications.

Noncompliant: This means that the septic system drainfield treatment area is not up to todays codes. Generally, the property can be transferred to a new owner, but the new owner may need to upgrade or install a new system if improvements to the property requiring a building permit are performed.

Failed or Imminent Health Threat: This outcome requires a new septic system to be designed and installed immediately because of health concerns to life or environment.