• Background

Septic Systems

Planning & Zoning
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The Planning and Zoning Office issues all Sanitary Permits for the County and inspects all system installations for compliance to State codes. Wastewater carries disease-causing bacteria, infectious viruses, household chemicals and excess nutrients that must be removed. If you are not hooked up to city sewer or a sanitary district, your septic system is your wastewater treatment facility (POWTS - Privately Owned Wastewater Treatment System). Though it is much less complicated than a city's facilities, it serves a similar purpose; to protect public health and prevent pollution.

Wells are regulated by the DNR. Please click here.

Septic Maintenance Program

DSPS 383.50 requires that all Counties in Wisconsin establish a maintenance program to ensure that all POWTS will be inspected, evaluated, maintained and serviced so that the POWTS will operate as designed and thereby protect the public health and waters of the State. Septic tanks must be inspected at least every three years and pumped when needed. We mail out forms 3 years from date of last service. See the FAQ for more information.

  • Maintenance Fees

    Waupaca County imposed a fee for administration and operation of the Maintenance Program in 2003. Since 2007 the fee has been $5/year per septic tank “set”. Multiple active septic systems on a parcel will result in multiple fees. This has historically been billed when the maintenance forms have gone out. In an effort to keep costs down and increase efficiency, starting in 2019, the maintenance fee will be placed on the property tax bill. It will appear as a Septic Maint. Fee Special Charge.  In 2019 the fees will vary widely as we bill for all past years that haven’t been paid. If you did your maintenance and paid your fee in 2018, the 2019 tax bill will show $5. However, if it has been a few years since you have had the maintenance done and paid the fee, the fee will increase accordingly. You could have $10 or $15 due.  Starting in 2020 there won't be the variation in fees from property to property. The special charge will show an annual fee of $5/year per septic system on the property.  This fee is only imposed on properties with septic systems.


Septic Information


Contractor Lists
These are not complete lists of all available contractors, but rather a list of those commonly doing work in Waupaca County and requesting that they be included on this list. Addresses and phone numbers provided are based upon information furnished by the contractors. The list of contractors shown is intended as information only and does not constitute an endorsement of their services over any other business that may be available to provide the same service to you. WELLS

The Waupaca County Planning & Zoning Office has no well records.  The DNR regulates wells and has this resource: 
Well Information
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