Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Virginia Department of Health
State Board of Health
Sewage Handling and Disposal Regulations [12 VAC 5 ‑ 610]
Amend Regulations Following Periodic Review
Action 6462
General Information
Action Summary The Board of Health (the Board) has not made significant revisions to the Sewage Handling and Disposal Regulations (the Regulations) since 2000. The Regulations establish the safe and sanitary collection, conveyance, transportation, treatment, and disposal of sewage by onsite sewage systems. The Virginia Department of Health (the Department) formed working groups with stakeholders in May 2022 to assist the Department in the development of proposed revisions to the Regulations. In January 2023, the Department began a periodic review of the Regulations. The intent of this planned regulatory action is to explore amendments to the Regulations based on current industry standards and comments received from the stakeholder working groups, in order to ensure the Regulations (i) are protective of public health and the environment, (ii) address changes in current industry standards and practice, (iii) clarify regulatory language, and (iv) exhibit improved consistency with other regulations related to onsite sewage systems and sewage handling. Additionally, possible regulatory reductions will be considered as part of this planned regulatory action.
Chapters Affected Only affects this chapter.
Executive Branch Review This action will go through the normal Executive Branch Review process.
RIS Project No project yet assigned to this action
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
10325 NOIRA Secretary of Health and Human Resources review in progress.
Contact Information
Name / Title: Anne Powell  / Environmental Health Coordinator, Onsite Sewage/In
Address: 109 Governor St.
Richmond, VA 23219
Email Address:
Phone: (804)864-8107    FAX: ()-    TDD: ()-