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. Friday, September 30, 2022. 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 $525,000 of FDEP grant funding is thoroughly exhausted or September 30, 2022. Per the FDEP funding agreement all sitework and inspections must be completed by March 31, 2022.

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

Septic Upgrade Program

The Septic Upgrade Program provides a reimbursement, of up to$7,000.00 per existing home, to eligible Homeowners, in a pre-approved FDEP area to assist with costs incurred to cover grant eligible 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 award and any ineligible grant expenses. All completed work must follow all applicable County codes and Florida Health Department requirements.

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 (This is required if your existing septic tank does not require electric and your upgraded system does. Please check with installer and the County if you are unsure.)

Site work will need to be inspect 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 sitework and inspections must be completed by March 31, 2022.

Once the Homeowner's registered septic installer or licensed plumber completes the work to install nitrogen-reducing enhancements to an existing conventional Onsite Sewage Treatment and Disposal Systems (OSTDS) and all inspections are complete, the Homeowner will remit copies of all permits, eligible paid receipts, and proof of payment for reimbursement review. The proof of payment must be a cleared bank check, credit/debit card receipt, or copy of a cashier’s check.

Upon review and approval of the site work and receipts, grant funding of up to $7,000 will be paid directly to the Homeowner. 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, 2022, has been meet.