Septic Upgrade Incentive Program

Per the Florida Springs and Aquifer Protection Act (2016), the Basin Management Action Plan (BMAP), and Florida Statue 403.067 (7), and in response to the 2021 Water Feasibility Study, Citrus County (the County) initiated the Citrus County Septic Upgrade Incentive Program (Septic Upgrade Program) to help Citrus County citizens with grant funding. The Septic Upgrade Program begins at 8:00 a.m. Monday, July 19, 2021, and ends at 5:00 p.m. Saturday, September 30, 2023. The Septic Upgrade Program is subject to funding availability with a State grant from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP). The Septic Upgrade Program grants are strictly limited to only eligible targeted areas pre- approved by FDEP, as shown on page 9 of this Program guide. The Septic Upgrade Program is available until the $1,575,000 of FDEP grant funding is thoroughly exhausted or September 30, 2023.  Per the FDEP funding agreement all sitework and inspections must be completed by January 1, 2023.

Grant Application Portal - https://citrusbocc.smapply.io/prog/septic_upgrade_incentive_project

Septic Upgrade Program

The Septic Upgrade Incentive Program provides a reimbursement, of up to $7,000.00 per existing home, to eligible Homeowners, in the pre-approved FDEP focus area, to cover expenses to install nitrogen-reducing enhancements to an existing conventional Onsite Sewage Treatment and Disposal Systems (OSTDS).

The Homeowner agrees to pay any additional costs above the Septic Upgrade Program’s $7,000.00 grant reimbursement and any ineligible grant expenses. 

Permits must be applied for and approved prior to start of site work.

  • Florida Department of Health Septic Repair Permit
  • Citrus County Building Department Electrical Permit (Only applies to the NSF245 and the NRPB.)

Site work will need to be inspected by the Florida Health Department and the Citrus County Housing Services Division. If a Citrus County Electrical Permit was issued, that work will need to be inspected by the County as well.

All completed work must follow all applicable Citrus County codes and Florida Health Department requirements.

All sitework and inspections must be completed by January 1, 2023.

The grant reimbursement of up to $7,000.00 will be provided directly to a registered septic contractor, licensed plumber, or Homeowner upon job completion, final inspection, and review of the eligible expenses.  Proof of payment of any amount over the $7,000.00 by the Homeowner (if any) must be in the form of a cleared bank check, credit/debit card receipt, or copy of a cashier's check.  Please allow time for processing.

Eligible grant awards are on a first‐approved pre-application basis. Please submit applications in their entirety. The County may determine that further information is necessary to process a grant request and contact the applicant by email and/or mail according to the Homeowners preference, for additional documentation. It is the applicant’s responsibility to provide this information as requested. The County does not consider incomplete applications. The grant applications will be accepted until funds are exhausted or program deadline of September 30, 2023, has been met.