October 3, 2017


We have been notified by the State of Tennessee effective immediately that our department can no longer accept applications and payment for septic permits, subdivision evaluations, water samples, inspection letters, or any other type of services offered thru the Water Resources Services Department.  You must apply online at tdec.tn.gov/septic.  Any questions or assistance, please contact the Washington County Office of TDEC at 854-5400, or you may apply at their office at 2305 Silverdale Drive, Johnson City, TN.

The Greene County Department of Environmental Health operates under the rules and regulations that govern subsurface sewage disposal systems, set forth by the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, a Division of Groundwater Protection.

In addition to regulating subsurface sewage disposal systems, the department upon request performs bacteriological water analysis on private water supplies to determine total coliform and fecal coliform bacteria present.

Our main objective is to provide a healthy environment for all citizens of Greene County. We are exhausting all efforts to work with the public in identifying problems and taking corrective action when needed to improve the biological quality of waste water.

Lastly, we do issue permits for Septic Systems within the County.

To Obtain a Septic Layout for a Septic System You Will Need To:

File an application online at tdec.tn.gov/septic with the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation Office for a layout to be done. You will need the following information:

  1. Name, address and phone number of land owner.
  2. Lot or tract must be designated with lot number, tract number or 911 address clearly visible.
  3. Have the home and the lot staked off.
  4. Lot or tract corners and property lines must be visible.
  5. Lots must be cleared of thick underbrush. For large tracks (> 5 acres) the house site and surrounding vicinity must be cleared of thick underbrush.

Copies of existing septic layouts may be obtained online at tdec.tn.gov/filenetsearch.  You will need the name of the original landowner at the time of installation or the name of the subdivision and lot number if applicable

Tennessee Department of Environment & Conservation (TDEC)

Division of Groundwater Protection – Greene County

Septic System Construction

Zak Porter
Environmental Specialist
(423) 371-7003

Eric Ball
Environmental Specialist
(423) 794-8316

Plat Approval/Subdivision Evaluation

Eric Ball
Environmental Specialist
(423) 794-8316

Office Information

2305 Silver Dale Drive
Johnson City, TN 37601

Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Telephone Number
(423) 854-5400