House supports Wesco’s bill requiring timely responses to permit applications

Posted by: Devan Strebing & Shelby Seay  | Thursday, February 16, 2017

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 16, 2017) — The House of Representatives voted today in support of State Rep. Tim Wesco’s (R-Osceola) bill that would require the State Department of Health to respond to nonresidential on-site sewage system permit applications within 45 days.

Currently, residential septic system permits are approved or denied by the county health department, which are required to respond within 45 days. Nonresidential sewage applications must be submitted to the state, but approval or denial is not required within 45 days.

“It is important that we as legislators ensure that the state is being held to the same expectations as our local governments,” Wesco said. “After a constituent in my district waited an undue amount of time to receive a response on their septic application, I wanted to address this inconsistency.”

This bill would also clarify the definition of nonresidential sewage systems.

House Bill 1408 now moves to the Senate for further consideration. To learn more, please visit


State Rep. Tim Wesco (R-Osceola) represents House District 21, which

includes portions of Elkhart and St. Joseph counties.

A high-resolution photo of Wesco can be downloaded by clicking here.