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Racine County is closing our offices effective March 18, 2020 due to the unprecedented National Pandemic Influenza emergency.  We welcome you to email us at RCPublicWorks or individually if a contact is known.  The building will be open, but we will maintain very limited staffing in the office.  We are not meeting with any members of the public.  For convenience, we have set up a drop box in the Ives Grove Complex lobby.  This situation is being evaluated daily by the County Executive and public health professionals and we appreciate your patience as we all work together.  Thank you.

If you wish to schedule a sanitation review please call 262-886-8440 or email; include the address, owner name and permit number.  We require 24-hour notice.  Again, thank you for your patience.

General Information

Duties include conducting on-site investigations of groundwater monitoring wells and soil borings sanitary system plans, sanitary permits, and inspection of private sewage systems prior to backfill. Staff investigates complaints and takes legal action to obtain compliance with the provisions of Chapter 19, Racine County Code of Ordinances

This department also participates in the Wisconsin Fund Grant Program.  This is an optional program that provides grant money to eligible homeowners who apply for grants to correct their failing private sewage systems.  As part of this program, a 3-year septic tank maintenance check is enforced for all systems installed under County jurisdiction.

Chapter 19 Racine County Ordinance (external link to

Sanitary Permit Procedures

Racine County Sanitation Fees

Forms - Private Onsite Wastewater Treatment Systems (POWTS)

POWTS Maintenance Agreement

POWTS Owner Manual and Management Plan


Forms - Holding Tanks

Holding Tank Agreement

Holding Tank Servicing Contract

Holding Tank Plan Review Agreement


Additional Forms

Application for Reconnection, Vault Privy and Portable Restroom


Certified Soil Tester List

Restricted / Master Plumber List

Septic Hauler List

Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services Administrative Code

Wisconsin Fund Grant Eligibility Guidelines

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