Code of Ordinances

of Union County, Illinois.

Ordinance Chapter: Article II - Private Sewage Disposal Code

(A) Any per­son who vio­lates any pro­vi­sion of this Code may be fined a sum of not less than Two Hun­dred Dol­lars ($200.00) and not more than One Thou­sand Dol­lars ($1,000.00).  Each day’s vio­la­tion con­sti­tutes a sep­a­rate offense.

(B) The State’s Attor­ney shall bring such actions in the name of the peo­ple of the State of Illi­nois or may bring an action for injunc­tive relief to restrain such vio­la­tion.  Addi­tion­al­ly, any per­son who vio­lates any pro­vi­sion of this Code may be penal­ized in accor­dance with the State of Illi­nois, Depart­ment of Pub­lic Health, “Pri­vate Sewage Dis­pos­al Licens­ing Act”, Sec­tion 19 (225 ILCS 225/19) and the “Pri­vate Sewage Dis­pos­al Licens­ing Code”, Sec­tion 905.205 (77 ILAC 905.205).

(Gen­er­al­ly in part 1996)

(A) Hear­ings Before the Health Admin­is­tra­tor.  Any Pri­vate Sewage Instal­la­tion and/or Pump­ing Con­trac­tor or per­son affect­ed by any order or notice issued by the Health Depart­ment in con­nec­tion with the enforce­ment of any sec­tion of these reg­u­la­tions, may file in the office of the Health Depart­ment a writ­ten request for a hear­ing before the Admin­is­tra­tor.  The Admin­is­tra­tor shall hold a hear­ing at a time and place des­ig­nat­ed by him/her with­in thir­ty (30) days from the date on which the hear­ing is to be held.  If, as a result of the hear­ing, the Admin­is­tra­tor finds that strict com­pli­ance with the order or notice would cause undue hard­ship on the peti­tion­er, and that the pub­lic health would be ade­quate­ly pro­tect­ed and sub­stan­tial jus­tice done by vary­ing or with­draw­ing the order or notice, the Admin­is­tra­tor may mod­i­fy or with­draw the order or notice and as a con­di­tion for such action may, where he/she deems it nec­es­sary, make require­ments which are addi­tion­al to those pre­scribed in these reg­u­la­tions for the pur­pose of prop­er­ly pro­tect­ing the pub­lic health.  The Admin­is­tra­tor shall ren­der a deci­sion with­in ten (10) days after the date of the hear­ing which shall be reduced to writ­ing and placed on file in the office of the Health Depart­ment as a mat­ter of pub­lic record.  Any per­son aggriev­ed by the deci­sion of the Admin­is­tra­tor may seek relief there­from through a hear­ing before the Board of Health.

(B) Hear­ing Before the Board of Health.  Any Pri­vate Sewage Instal­la­tion and/or Pump­ing Con­trac­tor or per­son affect­ed by the deci­sion of the Admin­is­tra­tor ren­dered as the result of a hear­ing held in accor­dance with this Sec­tion may file in the office of the Health Depart­ment a writ­ten request for a hear­ing before the Board of Health at a time and place des­ig­nat­ed by the sec­re­tary of the Board of Health with­in thir­ty (30) days of the date on which the writ­ten request was filed.  For the pur­pose of this Sec­tion the Board of Health shall mean a sim­ple major­i­ty of the South­ern Sev­en Board of Health.  The peti­tion­er for the hear­ing shall be noti­fied of the time and place of the hear­ing not less than five (5) days pri­or to the date on which the hear­ing is to be held.  If, as a result of facts elicit­ed as a result of the hear­ing, the Board of Health finds that strict com­pli­ance with the deci­sion of the Admin­is­tra­tor would cause undue hard­ship on the peti­tion­er, and that the pub­lic health would be ade­quate­ly pro­tect­ed and sub­stan­tial jus­tice done by grant­i­ng a vari­ance from the deci­sion of the Admin­is­tra­tor or Act­ing Admin­is­tra­tor, the Board of Health may grant a vari­ance and as a con­di­tion for such vari­ance, may, where it deems nec­es­sary, make require­ments which are addi­tion­al to those pre­scribed by these reg­u­la­tions, all for the pur­pose of 
prop­er­ly pro­tect­ing the pub­lic health.  The Board of Health shall ren­der deci­sion with­in ten (10) days after the date of the hear­ing which shall be reduced to writ­ing and placed on file in the office of the Health Depart­ment and a copy there­of shall be served on the peti­tion­er per­son­al­ly or by deliv­ery to the peti­tion­er by cer­ti­fied mail.

(A) When­ev­er the Health Depart­ment deter­mines that a vio­la­tion of any pro­vi­sion of these reg­u­la­tions has occurred, the Health Depart­ment shall give notice to the per­son respon­si­ble for such vio­la­tion.  The notice shall:

  1. be in writing;
  2. include a state­ment of the rea­sons for issuance of the notice;
  3. allow rea­son­able time as deter­mined by the Health Depart­ment for per­for­mance of any act it requires;
  4. be served upon the per­son respon­si­ble for the violation(s); pro­vid­ed that such notice shall have been prop­er­ly served upon the per­son respon­si­ble for the vio­la­tions when a copy there­of has been sent by reg­is­tered or cer­ti­fied mail to his last known address as fur­nished to the Health Depart­ment 
    or when he has been served with such notice by any oth­er method autho­rized by laws of the State of Illi­nois, and,
  5. con­tain an out­line of reme­di­al action which is required to effect com­pli­ance with these regulations.

(B) It shall not be a pre­req­ui­site to enforce­ment of the penal­ty pro­vi­sions of these reg­u­la­tions that the Health Depart­ment first resort to the notice pro­ce­dure set forth in Sec­tion 18–2‑8(A).

(A) Pri­vate sewage dis­pos­al sys­tems con­struct­ed pri­or to the effec­tive date of these reg­u­la­tions shall com­ply with any pro­vi­sion of these reg­u­la­tions deemed nec­es­sary by the Health Department.

(B) The Board of Health is, here­by, autho­rized and direct­ed to make sure inspec­tions as are nec­es­sary to deter­mine sat­is­fac­to­ry com­pli­ance with these regulations.

(C) It shall be the duty of the own­er or occu­pant of a prop­er­ty to give the Board of Health free access to the prop­er­ty at rea­son­able times for the pur­pose of mak­ing such inspec­tions as are nec­es­sary to deter­mine com­pli­ance with the require­ments of these regulations.

(D) A pri­vate sewage dis­pos­al sys­tem which has been installed by a home own­er for his own per­son­al sin­gle fam­i­ly res­i­dence; or by a con­trac­tor, occu­pant, agent, ser­vant or rep­re­sen­ta­tive of any such per­son shall not be cov­ered or placed in oper­a­tion unless specif­i­cal­ly autho­rized by the Health Depart­ment until the said instal­la­tion shall have been inspect­ed and writ­ten approval of the said sys­tem shall have been issued by the Health Department.

(E) The Autho­rized Rep­re­sen­ta­tive may make inspec­tions dur­ing the course of the con­struc­tion of any pri­vate sewage dis­pos­al sys­tem to insure com­pli­ance with these regulations.

  1. The home own­er, pri­vate sewage dis­pos­al sys­tem con­trac­tor, occu­pant, agent, ser­vant, or rep­re­sen­ta­tive of any such per­son who is respon­si­ble for the instal­la­tion, con­struc­tion, alter­na­tion or exten­sion of any pri­vate sewage dis­pos­al sys­tem shall noti­fy the Health Depart­ment no lat­er than forty-eight (48) hours before the date the actu­al instal­la­tion, con­struc­tion, alter­ation, or exten­sion work is sched­uled to begin.

(F) If any home own­er who installs his own pri­vate sewage dis­pos­al sys­tem, or any con­trac­tor, occu­pant, agent, ser­vant or rep­re­sen­ta­tive of such per­son, shall back­fill any por­tion of the said sys­tem or cov­er the same with earth, cin­ders, grav­el, shale, or any oth­er mate­r­i­al which will pre­vent the same from being read­i­ly viewed to deter­mine if the said sys­tem meets all require­ments of these reg­u­la­tions before receipt of writ­ten approval by the Health Depart­ment, the Health Depart­ment may give fif­teen (15) days notice in writ­ing to such home own­er so vio­lat­ing the pro­vi­sions of these reg­u­la­tions, to uncov­er such back­filled or cov­ered por­tions of the said system.

(G) If, at the end of such fif­teen (15) days, the home­own­er, or con­trac­tor, occu­pant, agent, ser­vant or rep­re­sen­ta­tive of any such per­son, shall not have uncov­ered the pri­vate sewage dis­pos­al sys­tem, the per­mit is auto­mat­i­cal­ly inval­i­dat­ed and penal­ty action may be tak­en.  The Health Depart­ment may elect to have the sys­tem uncov­ered at the expense of the home­own­er.  Fail­ure of the home­own­er to pay such costs with­in thir­ty (30) days shall result in exe­cu­tion of a lien against the property.

In addi­tion to those pro­vi­sions set forth in Sec­tion 18–2‑1 through 18–2‑12, these reg­u­la­tions here­by adopt, by ref­er­ence, the pro­vi­sions set forth in the following:

77 Ill. Adm. Code 905 – “Pri­vate Sewage Dis­pos­al Licens­ing Act and Code”

77 Ill. Adm. Code 895 – “Pub­lic Area San­i­tary Prac­tice Code”

765 ILCS 205 – “Plat Act”

Union Coun­ty Sub­di­vi­sion Code

One (1) copy of each shall be on file in the Office of the Union Coun­ty Clerk.

(A) Where a sub­sur­face seep­age field is installed as a com­po­nent part of a pri­vate sewage dis­pos­al sys­tem, the seep­age area pro­vid­ed shall be in accor­dance 
with the Pri­vate Sewage Dis­pos­al Licens­ing Act and Code.  A min­i­mum of three hun­dred (300) square feet of seep­age area shall be provided.

(B) An efflu­ent reduc­tion sys­tem, equal to one hun­dred (100) square feet of absorp­tion area per bed­room, shall be installed after a sur­face dis­charg­ing unit (except­ing lagoons and sand­fil­ters) if the efflu­ent from the system:

  1. will be dis­charged in a high den­si­ty res­i­den­tial area and, the efflu­ent dis­charge point is with­in fifty (50) feet of the prop­er­ty line or build­ing set­back line, or ten (10) feet of the right-of-way, whichev­er pro­vides for the great­est dis­tance, and/or
  2. the dis­charge is to a body of water (state, coun­ty or town­ship road­side ditch, water­way, creek, lake).  This shall not apply to a dis­charge to a pond or lake that is pri­vate­ly owned by the per­son whom the sys­tem is serving.

(A) All pri­vate sewage dis­pos­al sys­tems with­in the lim­its of Union Coun­ty shall be installed or ser­viced by per­sons licensed in accor­dance with Sec­tion 18–2‑3(A), pro­vid­ed, how­ev­er, that a home own­er may install or ser­vice a pri­vate sewage dis­pos­al sys­tem which serves his own per­son­al sin­gle fam­i­ly residence.

(B) When deter­min­ing the absorp­tion capac­i­ty of a sub­sur­face seep­age sys­tem, only a Soil Inves­ti­ga­tion in accor­dance with 77IllinoisAdministrative Code, Chap­ter 1 Sub­chap­ter r, Sec­tion 905.55(a) shall be accept­ed.  Per­co­la­tion tests will no longer be accept­able for this purpose.

(C) The min­i­mum per­for­mance stan­dards for Pri­vate Sewage Dis­pos­al Instal­la­tion Con­trac­tors and Pump­ing Con­trac­tors, and any home own­er who is main­tain­ing a dis­pos­al sys­tem for his per­son­al sin­gle fam­i­ly res­i­dence, who con­structs, installs, main­tains, ser­vices, cleans, hauls or dis­pos­es of the wastes removed there­from, shall be the same as the min­i­mum per­for­mance stan­dards pro­mul­gat­ed under the author­i­ty grant­ed in the cur­rent Illi­nois Pri­vate Sewage Dis­pos­al Licens­ing Act and Code.

(D) Every pri­vate sewage dis­pos­al sys­tem shall be main­tained in prop­er san­i­tary con­di­tion and repair by the own­er.  It shall be unlaw­ful for any own­er, agent, occu­pant, or per­son in con­trol of any lot, build­ing or pri­vate sewage dis­pos­al sys­tem, to per­mit or cause the dis­charge of domes­tic sewage or the efflu­ent from ditch, ground sur­face or aban­doned well, or to allow the con­tents of any privy, vault, sep­tic tank or pri­vate sewage dis­pos­al sys­tem or com­po­nents there­of to emit offen­sive odors, or become objec­tion­able so as to be a dan­ger or threat to pub­lic health.  All such acts or emis­sions are here­by declared nui­sances.  Upon ver­i­fi­ca­tion of such nui­sance the Health Depart­ment shall give writ­ten notice to the prop­er­ty own­er respon­si­ble for such acts or emis­sions order­ing abate­ment of the same with­in a rea­son­able peri­od of time.  Fail­ure of any per­son to obey such an abate­ment order shall con­sti­tute a vio­la­tion of these regulations.

(E) Any per­son receiv­ing an abate­ment order may request a hear­ing before the Admin­is­tra­tor as out­lined in Sec­tion 18–2‑9 of these regulations.

(F) The Board of Health shall have the author­i­ty to enter any prop­er­ty at any rea­son­able time and inspect any facil­i­ty for health and san­i­tary pur­pos­es and for the com­pli­ance with the pro­vi­sions of these reg­u­la­tions.  The Board of Health may also make any nec­es­sary tests includ­ing dye tests or obtain­ing efflu­ent sam­ples for lab­o­ra­to­ry analy­sis, on any facil­i­ty to deter­mine com­pli­ance with the pro­vi­sions of these regulations.

(G) Any struc­tur­al change or repair made to an exist­ing pri­vate sewage dis­pos­al sys­tem must com­ply with the pro­vi­sions of these regulations.

(A) Only those indi­vid­u­als pos­sess­ing a valid Illi­nois Depart­ment of Pub­lic Health Pri­vate Sewage Dis­pos­al Sys­tem Instal­la­tion Contractor’s License in addi­tion to a South­ern Sev­en Pri­vate Sewage Installer’s License shall con­struct, install, repair, mod­i­fy or main­tain a pri­vate sewage dis­pos­al sys­tem.  Any home­own­er, who choos­es to con­struct, install, repair, mod­i­fy or main­tain the sys­tem serv­ing his own per­son­al sin­­­gle-fam­i­­­ly res­i­dence, is exempt from this registration.

(B) Only those indi­vid­u­als pos­sess­ing a valid Illi­nois Depart­ment of Pub­lic Health Pri­vate Sewage Dis­pos­al Sys­tem Instal­la­tion Contractor’s License in addi­tion to a South­ern Sev­en Pri­vate Sewage Pumper’s License shall clean, pump, haul or dis­pose of wastes from a pri­vate sewage dis­pos­al sys­tem.  Any home­own­er, who choos­es to clean, pump, haul or dis­pose of wastes from the sys­tem serv­ing his own per­son­al sin­­­gle-fam­i­­­ly res­i­dence, is exempt from this registration.

(A) It shall be unlaw­ful for any per­son to con­struct, alter or extend a pri­vate sewage dis­pos­al sys­tem with­in Union Coun­ty unless he holds a valid per­mit issued by the Health Department.

(B) A per­mit shall only be issued to a pri­vate dis­pos­al sys­tem con­trac­tor who holds a valid Pri­vate Sewage Instal­la­tion Contractor’s Reg­is­tra­tion Cer­tifi­cate in addi­tion to a South­ern Sev­en Pri­vate Sewage Installer’s License or a 
home­own­er installing a pri­vate sewage dis­pos­al sys­tem to serve his own per­son­al sin­­­gle-fam­i­­­ly residence.

All appli­ca­tions for per­mits grant­ed under the pro­vi­sions of these reg­u­la­tions shall be made to the Board of Health.  Suf­fi­cient data shall be includ­ed to allow review and to deter­mine whether the pro­pos­al appli­ca­tion for per­mit meets the require­ments of these regulations.

(C) Per­mit appli­ca­tion forms pro­vid­ed by the Health Depart­ment shall be com­plet­ed and signed by each appli­cant and shall include the following:

  1. Name, address and tele­phone num­ber of the appli­cant, the sig­na­ture of the pri­vate sewage dis­pos­al sys­tem con­trac­tor when applic­a­ble and the loca­tion of the pro­posed site of con­struc­tion, alter­ation, or extension.
  2. Com­plete a plan of the pro­posed dis­pos­al facil­i­ty, with sub­stan­ti­at­ing data, attest­ing to its com­pli­ance with the min­i­mum stan­dards of these regulations.
  3. Such oth­er infor­ma­tion as may be required by the Health Author­i­ty to sub­stan­ti­ate that the pro­posed con­struc­tion, alter­ation, or exten­sion com­plies with min­i­mum stan­dards of these regulations.

(D) The Board of Health may refuse to grant a per­mit for the con­struc­tion of a pri­vate sewage dis­pos­al sys­tem where pub­lic or com­mu­ni­ty sewage sys­tems are avail­able.  A sew­er shall be deemed avail­able when a pub­lic sew­er line is in place with­in any street, alley, right of way, or ease­ment that adjoins or abuts the premis­es for which the per­mit is request­ed, or when the improve­ment to be served is locat­ed with­in a rea­son­able dis­tance of a pub­lic sew­er to which a con­nec­tion is prac­ti­cal and is per­mit­ted by the con­trol­ling author­i­ty for the sew­er.  A rea­son­able dis­tance for the pur­pose of the pro­vi­sion shall be deemed to be not greater than three hun­dred (300) feet for a sin­­­gle-fam­i­­­ly res­i­dence and not greater than one thou­sand (1,000) feet for a com­mer­cial estab­lish­ment or mul­ti-fam­i­­­ly dwelling.

(E) The Board of Health shall act upon all appli­ca­tions with­in fif­teen (15) daysof receipt thereof.

(F) The South­ern Sev­en Board of Health shall set fees charged for the issuance of a per­mit autho­riz­ing the con­struc­tion, alter­na­tion or exten­sion of any pri­vate sewage dis­pos­al sys­tem.  The fee shall be col­lect­ed by the Health Depart­ment at the time an appli­ca­tion for per­mit is sub­mit­ted, and shall be deposit­ed into the Health Depart­ment fund.  If a per­mit is denied, the fee shall be returned to the appli­cant.  In addi­tion, oth­er fees shall apply for spe­cif­ic ser­vices ren­dered.  A fee waived per­mit may be issued to non-prof­it orga­ni­za­tions or oth­er gov­ern­ment entities.

(G) All per­mits to con­struct, alter, or extend a pri­vate sewage dis­pos­al sys­tem shall be valid for a peri­od of one (1) year from date of issuance.  If con­struc­tion is not com­plet­ed with­in this peri­od, the per­mit is void.  The Admin­is­tra­tor may, how­ev­er, after receipt of a writ­ten request, autho­rize an exten­sion of time beyond the one (1) year peri­od for rea­sons of unusu­al or exten­u­at­ing circumstances.

(H) The min­i­mum lot size for a home requir­ing a pri­vate sewage dis­pos­al sys­tem shall be one (1) acre (43,562 ft2), exclud­ing ease­ments.  Lots plot­ted and on record before the effec­tive date of these reg­u­la­tions that are small­er than required will be giv­en spe­cial con­sid­er­a­tion when apply­ing for a permit.

(I) The Health Depart­ment, in order to pro­tect the health and safe­ty of the peo­ple of Union Coun­ty and of the gen­er­al pub­lic, is autho­rized and direct­ed to pro­mul­gate rules and reg­u­la­tions estab­lish­ing min­i­mum stan­dards gov­ern­ing the design, con­struc­tion, instal­la­tion, and oper­a­tion of pri­vate sewage dis­pos­al sys­tems.  Such reg­u­la­tions shall estab­lish such min­i­mum stan­dards as, in the judg­ment of the Health Depart­ment will insure that the wastes dis­charged to the var­i­ous pri­vate sewage dis­pos­al systems:

  1. Do not con­t­a­m­i­nate any drink­ing water supply.
  2. Are not acces­si­ble to insects, rodents, or oth­er pos­si­ble car­ri­ers of disease.
  3. Do not pol­lute or con­t­a­m­i­nate the waters of any bathing beach, lake, riv­er, creek, pond, stream or oth­er body of water.
  4. Do not give rise to a nui­sance due to odor or unsight­ly appearance.
  5. Are not a health haz­ard by being read­i­ly acces­si­ble to chil­dren or ani­mals because of a lack of ade­quate fenc­ing or for oth­er reasons.
  6. Will not vio­late any oth­er laws or reg­u­la­tions gov­ern­ing con­trol of water pol­lu­tion or sewage disposal.

The Health Depart­ment is autho­rized to pro­mul­gate such addi­tion­al reg­u­la­tions as are nec­es­sary in its judg­ment to car­ry out the pro­vi­sions of these regulations.

DEFINITIONS.  The fol­low­ing def­i­n­i­tions shall apply in the inter­pre­ta­tion and enforce­ment of these regulations:

Admin­is­tra­tor” shall mean the per­son who has been des­ig­nat­ed by the Board of Health to admin­is­ter the affairs of the health department.

Appli­cant” shall mean any per­son who has prop­er­ly and com­plete­ly filled out an appli­ca­tion for per­mit form request­ing autho­riza­tion to con­struct, alter, or extend a pri­vate sewage dis­pos­al sys­tem in Union Coun­ty, Illinois.

Autho­rized Rep­re­sen­ta­tive” shall mean the legal­ly des­ig­nat­ed Admin­is­tra­tor or the Act­ing Admin­is­tra­tor of the South­ern Sev­en Health Depart­ment and shall include those per­sons des­ig­nat­ed by the Admin­is­tra­tor or Act­ing Admin­is­tra­tor to enforce the pro­vi­sions of these regulations.

Board of Health” shall mean the South­ern Sev­en Board of Health or its Autho­rized Representative(s).

BOD5 shall mean the five day Bio­chem­i­cal Oxi­da­tion Demand—A stan­dard test used in assess­ing the strength of Domes­tic Sewage as described in “Stan­dard Meth­ods for the Exam­i­na­tion of Water and Waste­water,” 14th edi­tion, Amer­i­can Pub­lic Health Asso­ci­a­tion, Amer­i­can Water Works Asso­ci­a­tion, Amer­i­can Water Pol­lu­tion Con­trol Fed­er­a­tion, Wash­ing­ton, D.C., 1975.

Domes­tic Sewage” means waste­water derived prin­ci­pal­ly from dwellings, busi­ness or office build­ings, insti­tu­tions, food-ser­vice estab­lish­ments, chem­i­cal toi­lets, and sim­i­lar facilities.

Efflu­ent Reduc­tion Sys­tem” shall mean any com­bi­na­tion of approved pipe and grav­el, grav­el-less pipe, or cham­ber sys­tems that are installed to reduce the amount of efflu­ent being dis­charged from a sur­face dis­charg­ing system.

Health Depart­ment” shall mean the South­ern Sev­en Health Depart­ment, an agency of the Union Coun­ty Board.

Home Own­er” means a per­son who holds legal title to a res­i­den­tial struc­ture which is to be used or is used for his per­son­al sin­­­gle-fam­i­­­ly res­i­dence.  This def­i­n­i­tion shall be inclu­sive of all lease­hold inter­ests, prop­er­ty held under con­tract for deed, and rental property.

Home Own­er Installed Sys­tem” means a pri­vate sewage dis­pos­al sys­tem installed by a home own­er for his per­son­al sin­gle fam­i­ly res­i­dence, lease­hold inter­ests, prop­er­ty held under con­tract for deed, and rental property.

Human Waste” means undi­gest­ed food and by-prod­ucts of metab­o­lism which are passed out of the human body.

Per­son” means any indi­vid­ual, group of indi­vid­u­als, asso­ci­a­tion, trust, part­ner­ship, cor­po­ra­tion, per­son doing busi­ness under an assumed name, the State ofIll­i­nois or any Depart­ment there­of, or any oth­er entity.

Per­son­al Sin­gle Fam­i­ly Res­i­dence” means any sin­­­gle-fam­i­­­ly dwelling unit which is to be used or is being used by a home owner/applicant as his or her prin­ci­ple residence.

Per­mit” shall mean a writ­ten per­mit issued by the Board of Health or its Autho­rized Rep­re­sen­ta­tive per­mit­ting the con­struc­tion, alter­ation or exten­sion of a pri­vate sewage dis­pos­al sys­tem in accor­dance with the pro­vi­sions of these regulations.

Pop­u­la­tion Equiv­a­lent” means an aver­age waste load­ing, equiv­a­lent to that amount of waste pro­duced by one per­son which is defined as one hun­dred (100) gal­lons per day or that amount of waste con­tain­ing 0.17 pounds BOD5.

Pri­ma­ry Sewage Treat­ment Device” means any com­po­nent part of a pri­vate sewage dis­pos­al sys­tem that results in the removal of a sub­stan­tial amount of the organ­ic and inor­gan­ic set­tleable solids through the phys­i­cal process of sed­i­men­ta­tion only.  A sep­tic tank, pri­ma­ry sed­i­men­ta­tion tank, set­tling cham­ber, or any sim­i­lar treat­ment process or device shall for the pur­pos­es of this def­i­n­i­tion be deemed a pri­ma­ry sewage treat­ment device.

Pri­vate Sewage Dis­pos­al Sys­tem” means any sewage han­dling or treat­ment facil­i­ty receiv­ing domes­tic sewage from less than fif­teen (15) peo­ple or pop­u­la­tion equiv­a­lent and hav­ing a ground sur­face dis­charge or any sewage han­dling or treat­ment facil­i­ty receiv­ing domes­tic sewage and hav­ing no ground sur­face discharge.

Pri­vate Sewage Dis­pos­al Sys­tem Instal­la­tion Con­trac­tor” means any per­son con­struct­ing, installing, repair­ing, mod­i­fy­ing, or main­tain­ing pri­vate sewage dis­pos­al systems.

Pri­vate Sewage Dis­pos­al Sys­tem Pump­ing Con­trac­tor” means any per­son who cleans or pumps wastes from a pri­vate sewage dis­pos­al sys­tem or hauls or dis­pos­es of wastes removed therefrom.

Pri­vate Sewage Dis­pos­al Sys­tem License” shall mean an annu­al license issued by the Illi­nois Depart­ment of Pub­lic Health to all pri­vate sewage dis­pos­al sys­tem installers and pumpers engaged in the instal­la­tion or ser­vic­ing of pri­vate sewage dis­pos­al sys­tems with­in the State ofIllinois.

Prop­er­ty” means all or part of a tract of land for which legal title has been recorded.

Prop­er­ty Own­er” means the per­son in whose name legal title to the real estate is recorded.

Waste” means either human waste or domes­tic sewage, or both.

Waste Load­ing” shall mean the BOD5, con­tent, usu­al­ly expressed in pounds per per­son or pop­u­la­tion equivalent.