N.J. Admin. Code § 7:9A-12.6 - System inspection protocol for inspections conducted during real property transfer

(a) To be a Department recognized method of inspection, a septic system inspector shall conduct all system inspections for a transfer of real property in accordance with this section and the protocol described in chapter Appendix E, incorporated herein by reference.
(b) Septic system inspectors shall follow all inspection requirements established by the manufacturer of a product used in lieu of laterals and/or filter material pursuant to 7:9A-9.8, advanced wastewater pretreatment device used pursuant to 7:9A-8.3, or system integrator of a drip dispersal system used pursuant to 7:9A-10.8, as applicable, in addition to the protocol in chapter Appendix E.
(c) The septic system inspector shall describe all observations as to the condition of a system during an inspection without the use of the terms "malfunctioning," "failure" or "non-compliant." A system may only be classified as "malfunctioning," "failure" or "non-compliant" by the administrative authority or the Department in accordance with 7:9A-3.4(d).
(d) The septic system inspector shall report the results of inspections to the administrative authority in accordance with the following:
1. An initial report shall be made within 24 hours after the inspection by telephone, facsimile, e-mail, or another means by which delivery can be verified when any of the conditions identified in the "Health Department Reporting" section of chapter Appendix F is observed; and
2. The completed chapter Appendix F Onsite System Inspection Form, incorporated herein by reference, shall be provided within 10 business days after the system inspection is completed.
(e) In addition to the Onsite System Inspection Form in chapter Appendix F, the septic system inspector shall provide a written analysis of the possible effects of the precipitation event or snow melt on the results of the inspection when inspections are conducted within 48 hours after a precipitation event or snow melt.
(f) The Department's inspection protocol technical manual detailing the methods for conducting an inspection in accordance with the protocol in chapter Appendix E is available through the Department at the address listed in N.J.A.C. 7.9A-3.9.
(g) The inspection form in chapter Appendix F is not applicable to cesspools, privies, outhouses, pit toilets or latrines. When the septic system inspector identifies such sanitary sewage disposal units, the presence of the unit shall be reported to the administrative authority in writing within 48 hours of the inspection. The septic system inspector shall additionally notify their client of the requirements of 7:9A-3.16(b).


N.J. Admin. Code § 7:9A-12.6
Amended by 50 N.J.R. 171(a), effective 1/2/2018

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