Environmental Health

Environmental Health
Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
227 Cedar Street, Sevierville, TN 37862
Phone: 865.429.1766 Fax: 865.429.1965

Due to ongoing staffing issues and a continued increase in the septic permit applications, the processing time for new applications will be 4 weeks (5-6 weeks).
In addition, if any application has incorrect or missing information or should multiple visits be required, then the process will take longer.
We appreciate your continued patience through this time.

Until further notice our office will be closed at lunch from 11:30-12:30
• To ensure you apply for the correct service, we suggest calling the office before filling out an application. 
• Select the appropriate application from the list below.
• Please fill out all fields completely, then print and sign the finished application.
• Make checks payable to: “Sevier County Health Department” 
• Applications will need to be submitted in person or via U.S. Mail with appropriate payment (No cards accepted at this time)

Septic Permit - $300 
Repair Permit - $75
Inspection Letter - $100
Water Sample - $100
Subdivision Evaluation - $75 per lot + $75 per existing home

Services Provided: Who Needs an Application?
Anyone who proposes to land dispose of domestic septage from septic tanks or other sewage treatment or disposal facilities must obtain a domestic septage disposal site permit.

What Information Must I Provide?
Applicants must submit the following information:
Division of Environmental Health Application Domestic Septage Disposal Site Permit Form.
The application includes the following information: The owner of the property, address and telephone number, applicant’s name, address of the property, number of bedrooms, square feet of home, and water supply.
A high-intensity soil map of the proposed disposal area prepared per Department Rules
A plat with the seal and signature of a registered surveyor. If not on file in the office

How Will My Application Be Processed?
Completed application forms and application fees should be sent to the Sevier County Environmental Health Dept office. A detailed review of the application is then conducted.

Permits expire 3 years from the issue date. Permits are not renewable, and the application process must be restarted. Permits are transferable.

What Are My Rights and Responsibilities After the Permit is Approved?
The applicant has the right to proceed with the activities outlined in the approved permit. They must notify the Department of any changes to application information. The applicant is responsible for following all applicable state/county statutes and regulations. Applicants have the right to appeal a permit that has been denied, suspended, or revoked.

What Are the Division’s Rights and Responsibilities After the Permit is Approved?
The Division has the right to inspect proposed sites before permitting as well as after a permit has been granted. The Division has the right to revoke, suspend, or deny the issuance of a permit to any applicant who violates the state/county statutes or departmental regulations. Any person who violates or fails to comply with the state/county statutes, rules, or regulations may be subject to civil penalties.
Gary Loveday: Director of Environmental Health 
Brenda Rhea: Assistant Director of Environmental Health
Aly Almeraz: Environmental Secretary
Daniel Ferguson: Environmental Specialist
Brad Bowers: Environmental Specialist

Mike McElhaney Environmental Specialist