Wesco’s bill requiring timely response to permit applications passes committee

Posted by: Devan Strebing  | Wednesday, February 8, 2017

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 8, 2017) — The House Committee on Environmental Affairs today passed State Rep. Tim Wesco’s (R-Osceola) bill that would require the state Department of Health to either approve or deny a permit application for a nonresidential on-site sewage system within 45 days.

Residential septic system permits are handled by county health departments, which must either approve or deny applications within 45 days. Nonresidential sewage applications must go through the state, but a response is not required within 45 days.

“A church in my district brought this issue to my attention when it took an inordinate amount of time to receive a response from the State Department of Health on their septic application,” Wesco said. “I want to make sure the state is being held to the same requirements as our local governments when granting or denying permit applications."

This bill would also clearly define nonresidential sewage systems.

House Bill 1408 now advances to the full House for further consideration. To learn more, please visit iga.in.gov.

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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.