Service Area Category Change Requests

Water and sewer service area categories established in the County’s Water and Sewer Plan serve in part to designate where the County has planned either for public water or sewer service or for private wells and septic systems.

A property owner will file a request with DEP to change a property’s service area categories most often in order to allow for public water or sewer service for a property currently planned to use onsite wells and septic systems. DEP receives category change requests from a variety of applicants, including: owners of properties looking for service for an existing house, development interests planning multiple-lot subdivisions, and places of worship planning to relocate to a larger site.

Follow these steps to request for a category change.

  1. Request Applications

    To apply to change an existing service area category for a particular property, follow the steps on this page.
    Learn about Requesting Applications

  2. Intergency Review

    This page explains DEP’s request review process with our reviewing agencies, which occurs on a quarterly basis.
    Learn about Intragency Review

  3. Action Processes

    This page provides information on the two processes used to make category change request decisions: County Council review and DEP administrative delegation.
    Learn about Action Processes

  4. Hearing Schedules

    This page provides information on the current or most recent administrative delegation and County Council hearing groups.
    Learn about Hearing Schedules

  5. Completed Actions

    This page provides copies of completed category change actions and other Water and Sewer Plan amendments.
    Learn about Completed Actions

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