Do You Have a Septic System?  Be aware of Larimer County Requirements

Kareen Kinzli Larsen (RE/MAX Alliance)

Kareen Kinzli Larsen | Realtor at RE/MAX Alliance 


Support Northern Colorado Journalism

Show your support for North Forty News by helping us produce more content. It's a kind and simple gesture that will help us continue to bring more content to you.

BONUS - Donors get a link in their receipt to sign up for our once-per-week instant text messaging alert. Get your e-copy of North Forty News the moment it is released!

Click to Donate

Larimer County’s rules for selling a property with a septic system have been in place for one year now but few are aware of the new requirements.  While it has always been customary for a seller to have the septic system pumped and inspected prior to closing, now it is mandatory.  Why the change?  The county is trying to protect buyers and uncover unhealthy systems.  According to Larimer County’s website, Colorado counties operating similar programs found repairs were needed in approximately 20% of septic systems that were inspected.  

A seller must use a Larimer County certified 3rd party inspector to pump and inspect the septic.  If the system is in good working order, the inspector will submit documentation to Larimer County for review.  A seller must then obtain an Acceptance Document from Larimer County and provide this to the buyer. 

If the system fails, the seller must repair it.  If the seller is unable or unwilling to repair the system, the buyer accepts responsibility and must obtain a permit and repair the system within 180 days of purchase.  

We have seen the cost of inspections under this new system double.  Prior to implementation, the cost for a septic pump and inspection was around $350 – $400.  Now sellers are paying between $750 – $850 for the extra effort of providing documentation to the county.  

Need more details?  Visit and enter Septic System Transfer of Title