The Connecticut Public Health Code establishes the design and
installation standards for individual septic systems. It is not unusual,
especially for repairs on older or smaller lots, that code variances
are necessary to provide an effective, well functioning septic system.
Variances granted by the local Director of Health are usually arranged
between the licensed septic system installer and the Health Department
and are based primarily on individual site conditions.
Variance from the
separating distance to wells, or the requirement that each building be
served by a separate septic system can only be granted after appeal to
the Connecticut Department of Public Health. Variances are not allowed for new
homes on new lots.