Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Virginia Department of Health
State Board of Health
Alternative Discharging Sewage Treatment Regulations for Individual Single Family Dwellings [12 VAC 5 ‑ 640]
Amend Alternative Discharging Sewage Treatment Regulations for Single Family Home Dwellings
Action 3422
General Information
Action Summary The Alternative Discharging Sewage Treatment Regulations for Individual Single Family Dwellings, (12VAC5-640-10 et seq.) apply to all alternative discharging sewage treatment systems constructed and operated to serve an individual single family dwelling with flows less than or equal to 1,000 gallons per day on a yearly average. These regulations operate in conjunction with the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality’s (DEQ) General Permit for Sewage Discharges Less Than or Equal to 1,000 Gallons Per Day (9VAC25-110-10 et seq.). The State Board of Health’s (the “board”) regulations provide details on applications, construction standards and monitoring requirements, as well as administrative procedures for hearings, variances, etc. The board adopted these regulations on July 30, 1992, but the board has not updated them since. The technological and regulatory landscape has changed considerably since 1992. The board is seeking to revise the regulations to reflect technological changes in the field, incorporate numerous policy documents, and consider impacts to the Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL).
Chapters Affected Only affects this chapter.
Executive Branch Review This action will go through the normal Executive Branch Review process.
RIS Project Yes  [002735]
Result of Prior Periodic Review Filed 10/3/2007
New Periodic Review This action will not be used to conduct a new periodic review.
Stages associated with this regulatory action.
Stage ID Stage Type Status
5769 NOIRA Stage complete. Comment period ended 03/30/2011.
6036 Proposed Stage complete. Comment period ended 02/14/2014.
6989 Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 12/16/2015.
Contact Information
Name / Title: Marcia Degen 
Address: 109 Governor Street
Richmond, VA 23219
Email Address:
Phone: (804)387-1883    FAX: (804)864-7475    TDD: ()-