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Use Permits
The Use Permit program began with the adoption of the Clear Creek County OWTS Regulations, which became effective on July 25, 2014. This program was put in place to ensure that prior to the sale of a property that is serviced by an OWTS, the system is inspected and deemed to be in good working condition and within its utilization parameters as allowed by its installation permit.

Below are some common questions regarding this type of permit:

Do I need to obtain a Use Permit?
Clear Creek County requires a homeowner to obtain a Use Permit prior to the close of the transaction if any of the following apply to your system:
        • If any component of your system has been utilized for more than 5 years;
        • If you are the owner of a limited occupancy dwelling; or
        • If you are the owner of a limited bedroom use dwelling

What do I need to apply for a Use Permit?
Use Permits must be obtained PRIOR to the closing of a covered transaction. As the process can be lengthy as a whole, Clear Creek County Environmental Health recommends starting the process when the home is first listed. The following is needs to be submitted in order to apply for Use Permit:
        • Fill out and submit a Use Permit Application.
        • Schedule a Transfer of Title Inspection with a Transfer of Title Inspector.
        • Submit the Transfer of Title Inspection Form with the pumping receipt and MLS listing.
        • Pay the $100 Use Permit processing fee. 

How long does it take for Clear Creek County to process my permit application?
Please allow 5-10 business days to process your Use Permit application. The review includes looking at previous permits, recorded documents, engineering submittals, the MLS listing and the Transfer of Title Inspection Form and may require a site evaluation. Out of fairness to all Clear Creek County patrons, we issue permits as they are applied for. Due to the required review time, Clear Creek County Environmental Health cannot 'rush' permits for issuance.

Why was my Use Permit denied?
The bottom of your use permit denial letter will state why your permit was denied. The main reasons for denial include an excess in the number of allowed bedroom, conflicting records, an expired pumping receipt or a failed transfer of title inspection. For more information on why your permit was denied please contact the Clear Creek County Environmental Health Department at 303-679-2428 or .

How do I change the status of my Use Permit from denied to approved?
In order to change the status of your permit, you will need to follow the required steps listed at the bottom of the permit. A Use Permit will not be changed until the needed steps have been taken and proof has been given to the department. If you need more information, please contact the Clear Creek County Environmental Health Department at 303-679-2428 or .

How long is my permit valid for?
Use Permits are valid for 6 months or until the date of the real estate closing. If the sale of the property does not occur within 6 months of issuance of the Use Permit, and provided the permit has not expired, it may be renewed once for a period of 6 additional months from the date of initial issuance.

I just purchased a home in Clear Creek and got a letter stating that a permit was never obtained. What do I need to do?
Clear Creek Environmental Health suggests that you contact our department immediately upon receipt of this letter. As the system did not receive an inspection, it is unknown if your system is functioning or was sold to be utilized within the parameters of the OWTS. As you are now the new owner of this property, it is your responsibility to repair any issues with the system and maintain the system to meet current standards.