Bethel Health Department Permit Involvement

For an Overview of the Permit Processclick here

There are four kinds of activities that require Health Department involvement in the permit process.

For details click on the links below:

1. Construction (New construction on Properties with a Well and/ or a Septic System, Additions and Septic Repairs)*
2. Food Service to the Public
3. Day Care Operations
4. Nail Salons
5. Business Proposal Outline

The following proposed building structure items do not need a Health Department permit approval for construction: 

  • Non-permanent Structures that are 200 sq. ft. or less, (without support foundations) are exempt from the CT Public Health Code Section B100a regulation
  • Kitchen Remodel/Renovation without structural changes & alteration. 
  • Portable sheds 200 sq ft or less (built on non-permanent foundations (concrete blocks, wood skids/plywood on top of ground/no stone base installed into ground).
  • Any stone wall that projects into the ground and into a restrictive layer such as a seasonal water table shall be considered a potential drainage structure and the Public Health Code separating distances of 25ft to 50ft drainage setback distances apply.
    A good example of this scenario would be a soil profile with hardpan at 20 inches (mottling depth also) where the stone wall is set on or into this depth. In this scenario the stone wall has the potential to act as a drain. This perspective is consistent with the Technical Standards definition of subsurface drains which states the purpose of the drain is to collect or redirect groundwater. 
There are many other activities that may not require Health Department permit approval such as:

  • stone walls/retaining walls built on top of ground (not over 3 ft. in height from finished grade) and can be relocated if necessary.
  • children’s playscapes and
  • certain types of non-permanent swimming pools

Ultimately it is the homeowners’ responsibility to at least contact the health department to ensure that the structure does not have an adverse impact on an existing private sewage disposal system or private well.

Please be advised that properties owners with septic systems and/or wells should protect the land that supports their septic system and/or private well long term functioning and the area designated for their replacement (if necessary). It is very important for environmental and economic reasons that the area used for the private well, existing septic system, and future septic system area remain viable and not disturbed (septic systems do not last forever – See Home Buyers Guide to Septic Systems -