All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services carry out many Title 5 septic inspections for property owners in Massachusetts. Title 5 is the regulation of the Massachusetts State Environmental Code 310 CMR 15.000 which protects communities and environments from the potential hazards of on-site wastewater disposal systems (septic systems). Septic systems are to be properly located, built and maintained to effectively treat wastewater so as not to cause health risks to humans and animals or environmental problems which can result from the pathogenic elements as well as harsh pollutants present in wastewater.
The most common instance for a Title 5 Inspection to be requested from us is when a home or commercial property is being sold and it is required that a septic inspection be carried out. Today we have Title 5 Septic Inspections scheduled in Clinton, Berlin, Bolton, Marlborough, Sterling, Maynard and Stow MA. The seller is typically responsible for arranging and completing the septic system inspection with a licensed Massachusetts Title 5 Inspector.
The times that Title 5 requires a septic inspection are as follows:

  • Within 2 years before a sale. If weather conditions prevent inspection at the time of a sale, the inspection must take place within 6 months afterward.
  • When there is a proposed change to the facility which requires a building or occupancy permit.
  • Any change in the footprint of a building, to make sure that new building construction will not take place on top of any system components or on the system’s reserve area.
  • For large systems with a design flow of 10,000 to 15,000 gallons per day or more at full build-out, on the basin schedule shown in 310 CMR 15.301(6), and every five years thereafter.
  • Every 3 years for shared systems.
  • When the property is divided, or ownership of 2 or more properties is combined.
  • When MassDEP or the local Board of Health orders an inspection.

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If you require a Title 5 Septic Inspection or if you have any questions about septic systems or septic inspections please contact our Norton office on 508-763-4431 or visit