Volusia County
Septic Upgrade Incentive Program

Program Overview

Volusia County, through a Florida Department of Environmental Protection Grant was approved for $1.1 million to provide rebates to homeowners for up to seven thousand dollars ($7,000.00) per septic system upgrade using certified installers and licensed plumbers at a single or two-family residence or mobile home on a lot less than one acre. Upgrades to conventional septic systems in the Priority Focus Area (PFA) are intended to reduce nitrogen contributions to DeLeon Springs.

The Program offers subsidies only in the Priority Focus Area (PFA) of DeLeon Springs. The subsidies are available for payment directly to certified septic system installers and licensed plumbers retained by
homeowners to update existing systems and must be pre‐approved by the County and permitted by DOH, prior to the commencement of work.

Visit Florida Department of Environmental Protection for addition information on the Deleon Springs Basin Management Action Plan (BMAP).


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Eligibility Requirements

Households must meet all screening criteria to be eligible for septic updgrade grants of up to $7,000

  • Single or two-family residence.
  • Homeowner must consent to contractor grant program participation.
  • Current on all property taxes.
  • The onsite sewage treatment and disposal systems (OSTDS) must be existing and conventional.
  • The grant limit per septic system is $7,000.
  • Commercial properties are not eligible.
  • Residential new construction is not eligible.
  • Work must be done on proprties within the Volusia County Priority Focus Area (PFA) and
  • Must be a single or two-family residence or mobile home. 
  • All septic system upgrades authorized for this project will be performed by State-licensed plumbing or septic tank contractors.
  • The contractor must be a registered vendor with Volusia County.
  • Licensed Septic Contractors can be found here.
  • All work must be permitted and approved by the Volusia County Department of Health.
  • Work must be to update existing systems and must be pre‐approved by the County, and permitted by DOH prior to the commencement of work.

  • Funds are only available for installations of nitrogen reducing onsite sewage treatment and disposal systems (OSTDS) enhancements in an eligible single or two‐family residence with an existing conventional (non‐nitrogen‐reducing) system.
  • Residential new construction is not eligible.

Required Documents

The following documents will be used to verify the above eligibility:

Copy of your warranty deed or a copy of your property card from the property appraiser’s office.

All property taxes must be current, each applicant will be reviewed and if property taxes are not current, you will not be eligible for grant funding until all past due property taxes are paid.

Example of what considered evidence to show contract, work order

Details here.

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Contractors who are licensed or registered to install OSTDS.

A contractor must:

  • Be registered as a Volusia County vendor here.
  • Complete an application and provide all required attachments, permits, and documentation.
  • No work prior to issuance of a PO will be eligible for reimbursement.

Funds are only available for installations of nitrogen reducing OSTDS enhancements on an eligible property with an existing conventional (non‐nitrogen‐reducing) system. A list of the eligible features achieving enhanced treatment of nitrogen is available on the Department of Health (DOH) website http://www.floridahealth.gov/environmental‐health/onsite‐sewage/products/index.html

The contractor must submit the following:

  • A copy of the invoice to the homeowner showing the address of the residence, identifying the equipement, materials and labor performed, and the homeowner’s share of the cost (reflecting the reduction of the incentive amount requested);
  • A photograph representative of the installation prior to the inspection
  • A copy of the inspection report issued by the county health department showing satisfactory completion of the work
  • A reference to the PO number
  • Explanation for delay in installation, if any; and
  • Any other documentation requested by the County to substantiate performance.                                             

The County will not process the invoice until all documentation required above is received and approved.

Subject to acceptance in the Program funds are availabe on a first come, first seerved basis, until funds are exhausted. Reimbursement is limited to $7,000 per converted OSTDS.

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Program Partners

Volusia County Department of Health
Department of Environmental Protection

FORWARD is administering the Volusia County Septic Upgrade Incentive Program on behalf of Volusia County 
and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.
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