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 email@example.com
- Mailed to
Attn: Building Inspections Department
City of Blaine
10801 Town Square Drive NE
Blaine, MN 55449
- Dropped off at the Building Inspections Counter.
View Latest Pumping Record
- Go to the Docuware website:
- Start typing the address.
- A dropdown will appear.
- Select the correct address
- Select the search button.
- Search for DOC Type Septic - Maintenance
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
Installation of a New Septic 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
- 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.
- Step 1 - Review and Prepare
- Step 2 - Create an Account
- Step 3 - Apply
- Step 4 - Review and Payment
- 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
Create an Account
Please Note:Contractors applying for permits on behalf of a homeowner must setupan iMS Account and a Pro Accountbefore continuing with the permit process.
Are you a new user?
If no, continue to step 3 on the left.
If yes, create an account.
Contractors applying for a permit on behalf of a homeowner must setup a User Account and then a Pro Account.
Homeowners doing your own work may setup a User account only.
New users to the system need to create an account. Please select create an account.
Creating a New User in iMS and iMS TipsHaving trouble creating an account? Detail instructions are available here, iMS account creation information.
Already have an account?
Create a PRO Account
A PRO account is for contractors that require any city or state license or registration.
Please note, Architects are able to apply for a permit for new commercial buildings without being a PRO account.
Creating a Pro Account in iMS
Having trouble creating a PRO account? Detail instructions are available:
Once you have gathered or emailed the necessary documents, you are ready to begin the online application process.
How to Submit a Residential Building Application in iMS
Please note the following:
- Once the application is started, the system will not allow you to go back to a previous page, you must continue through the entire application.
- Once you have completed and uploaded all required documents, a review page allows you to go back and edit any part of the application.
- Any question or upload with a red asterisk (*) is required.
Review and Payment
Review time is up to 15 business days.Please note, during the busy construction months and with the online software launch, delays may occur.
After completion of the permit review, an email with permit cost and payment instructions will be sent.
- After receipt of payment, plans will be emailed, and work and inspection scheduling can start.
Schedule an Inspection
- When scheduling inspections, please plan at least three to four business days ahead.
- Please note, during the busy construction months longer delays may occur.
Information needed before calling to schedule an inspection:
- Permit number.
- Address for the job site.
- Inspection type.
- If you are the homeowner, the name of contractor doing the work is needed.
Login to IMS Account and go to your dashboard.
On your Dashboard, go to My Inspections.
- A list of required inspections can be viewed along with the instructions on how to schedule.
Abandoning a Subsurface Sewage Treatment System
The following link provides the rule requirements and suggested guidelines for proper abandonment of a Subsurface Treatment System along with the Abandonment Reporting Form that must be submitted to the City within 90 days after abandonment.
- Download the SSTS Abandonment Report Form (PDF)
- Download the SSTS Abandonment Information Sheet (PDF)
More Permit 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. (Under Resources). Plans not submitted on these forms will not be reviewed until information is provided on University of MN forms.