Septic Information

Septic Tank Maintenance

If you have a septic system, a licensed Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) service provider must submit a Septic Tank Maintenance Reporting Form to the City of Blaine Inspections Department no less than once every three (3) years.  

Completed forms can be:

  • Emailed to
  • Mailed to
    Attn: Building Inspections Department
    City of Blaine
    10801 Town Square Drive NE
    Blaine, MN 55449
  • Dropped off at the Building Inspections Counter.

If your tank(s) were pumped in…

  • 2021 – Septic Tank Maintenance Reporting Form due by November 2024
  • 2020 - Septic Tank Maintenance Reporting Form due by >November  2023
  • 2019 - Septic Tank Maintenance Reporting Form due by November  2022
  • 2018 - Septic Tank Maintenance Reporting Form due by November  2021
caution-icon-40x402017 or earlier - Septic Tank Maintenance Reporting Form is overdue and should be mailed as soon as possible.

Installation of a New September System or Tanks

Inspections typically include the following but depending on your project, more inspections may be added or removed.

  • Soil Pits (3 minimum)
  • Soil Scrape of Treatment Area
  • Septic System Rough-In
  • Jar Test
  • Tanks - New/Replacement
  • Management Plan/Operational Permit signed & dated by homeowner
  • Tank Abandonment Form
  • As-Builts
  • Electrical Final
  • Test Pump and Alarm
  • Septic System Final/Compliance Inspection

To schedule an inspection, follow the directions in Step 5 Schedule an Inspection. 

Allow 3 to 4 business days for scheduling inspections. During the busy construction time, please allow more time.

  1. Step 1 - Review and Prepare
  2. Step 2 - Create an Account
  3. Step 3 - Apply
  4. Step 4 - Review and Payment
  5. Step 5 - Schedule an Inspection

Review and Prepare

Please review the following information packets:

The following documents need to be available for upload during the online application process. Please note, all documents need to be in a PDF format.

  • OSTP SSTS Basic and Advanced Design Forms
  • OSTP SSTS Preliminary Forms
  • Site Plan

General Information

  • Electrical permits can be applied for at the State of Minnesota.
  • The permit will not be processed if any of the required submittals are missing.
  • If you sell your property a Compliance Inspection needs to be performed by a qualified private septic inspector prior to property sale or transfer of ownership.
  • A Compliance Inspection is not the same as a pumping/maintenance report.
  • For new and replacement system installation, plans must be submitted on University of MN Forms.  Plans not submitted on these forms will not be reviewed until information is provided on University of MN forms.

Hooking Up to City Sewer and Water

  • If you currently have a septic system and would like to hookup to City sewer and water, please follow the directions under Utilities.
  • For information on Special Assessments and if you owe any, please contact Lucy Gray.