Florida Senate - 2022 COMMITTEE AMENDMENT Bill No. SB 856 Ì151510cÎ151510 LEGISLATIVE ACTION Senate . House . . . . . ————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————— ————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————— The Committee on Environment and Natural Resources (Brodeur) recommended the following: 1 Senate Amendment (with title amendment) 2 3 Between lines 100 and 101 4 insert: 5 Section 2. Paragraph (b) of subsection (6) and subsection 6 (8) of section 381.00651, Florida Statutes, is amended to read: 7 381.00651 Periodic evaluation and assessment of onsite 8 sewage treatment and disposal systems.— 9 (6) The requirements for an onsite sewage treatment and 10 disposal system evaluation and assessment program are as 11 follows: 12 (b) Qualified contractors.—Each evaluation required under 13 this subsection must be performed by a qualified contractor, who 14 may be a private provider or an authorized representative of a 15 private provider as described in s. 381.0065(8)(c).
a septic16 tank contractor or master septic tank contractor registered17 under part III of chapter 489, a professional engineer having18 wastewater treatment system experience and licensed under19 chapter 471, or an environmental health professional certified20 under this chapter in the area of onsite sewage treatment and21 disposal system evaluation.Evaluations and pump-outs may also 22 be performed by an authorized employee working under the 23 supervision of an individual listed in this paragraph; however, 24 all evaluation forms must be signed by a qualified contractor in 25 writing or by electronic signature. 26 (8) The county health department, in coordination with the 27 department, shall administer any evaluation program on behalf of 28 a county, or a municipality within the county, that has adopted 29 an evaluation program pursuant to this section. In order to 30 administer the evaluation program, the county or municipality, 31 in consultation with the county health department, may develop a 32 reasonable fee schedule to be used solely to pay for the costs 33 of administering the evaluation program. Such a fee schedule 34 shall be identified in the ordinance that adopts the evaluation 35 program. When arriving at a reasonable fee schedule, the 36 estimated annual revenues to be derived from fees may not exceed 37 reasonable estimated annual costs of the program. Fees shall be 38 assessed to the system owner during an inspection and separately 39 identified on the invoice of the qualified contractor. Fees 40 shall be remitted by the qualified contractor to the county 41 health department. 42 (a) The county health department’s administrative 43 responsibilities include the following: 44 1. (a)Providing a notice to the system owner at least 60 45 days before the system is due for an evaluation. The notice may 46 include information on the proper maintenance of onsite sewage 47 treatment and disposal systems. 48 2. (b)In consultation with the department, providing 49 uniform disciplinary procedures and penalties for qualified 50 contractors who do not comply with the requirements of the 51 adopted ordinance, including, but not limited to, failure to 52 provide the evaluation report as required in this subsection to 53 the system owner and the county health department. Only the 54 county health department may assess penalties against system 55 owners for failure to comply with the adopted ordinance, 56 consistent with existing requirements of law. 57 (b) Nothing in this subsection shall be construed as 58 authorizing the department to charge an inspection fee for an 59 onsite sewage treatment and disposal system inspection performed 60 by a private provider in accordance with s. 381.0065(8). 61 62 63 ================= T I T L E A M E N D M E N T ================ 64 And the title is amended as follows: 65 Delete line 13 66 and insert: 67 conditions; amending s. 381.00651, F.S.; revising the 68 list of providers authorized to perform onsite sewage 69 treatment and disposal system evaluations; providing 70 for applicability; providing an effective date.