The operational permit and reporting requirements outlined below shall demonstrate the safe operation of the waterless toilet system.
(a) No person, firm, corporation or other entity shall use or cause or allow the use of any waterless toilet system within the unincorporated area of Humboldt County without first obtaining a valid operational permit for that system. This permit shall be applied for and issued on an application form provided by the Department. Use of a waterless toilet system without a valid permit is a violation of this chapter, and is subject to all the remedies authorized by law including, but not limited to, Chapter 2, Administrative Civil Penalties, of Division 5 of Title III.
(b) Operational permits are nontransferable and may only be issued to the property owner of record.
(c) The Board of Supervisors shall establish a fee or schedule of fees for operational permits to be collected by the Department.
(d) Upon payment of all fees and submission of an application which demonstrates to the Department’s satisfaction that the system will not have an adverse effect on ground or surface waters or upon public health, an operational permit may be issued.
(1) Operational permits are valid for a period of three (3) years from the date of issuance unless revoked by the Department.
(2) Operational permits may be renewed in accordance with the terms of the permit upon submittal of a complete application, payment of the required fee(s), and submittal of an operational report demonstrating continued proper maintenance and operation of the system as designed and constructed.
(3) Operational permits will be renewed at the time of any property transfer or change of use.
(4) Operation of a waterless toilet system prior to issuance of an operational permit, or without a currently valid operational permit, or after revocation of permit, shall be deemed a violation of the provisions of this chapter.
(e) The owner of a parcel on which a waterless toilet system has been installed shall provide access during business hours to inspect the property to assure compliance with the provisions of this chapter. The owner shall make all components of the system, manuals, and any records, including test results, accessible during the inspection.
(f) Operational Report. At the end of each three (3) year cycle, the property owner that obtains a permit to operate a waterless toilet shall provide the Department with a summary of his or her findings on the effectiveness of the system. This summary shall include, but not be limited to, the following:
(1) Self-certification by the owner that the waterless toilet system remains in use and is operating safely in accordance with the Operations and Maintenance Manual and the requirements of this chapter.
(2) Occupancy load of habitation served the waterless toilet system.
(3) The result of any physical and biological testing conducted for the system.
(4) Methods of disposal, or reuse of end product from the system, including a clear record of the quantity, location, and date of placement.
(5) Any operational or maintenance problems which were encountered and the methods which were used to resolve the problems.
(6) Planned activities for operation of the system during the ensuing three (3) year cycle.
(7) Any other information requested by the Department.
(g) The Health Officer is authorized to inspect the waterless toilet system for compliance with this section should the property owner fail to provide the required self-certification, laboratory testing or operational report. (Repealed and reenacted by Ord. 2628, § 2, 6/4/2019)