Septage and Waste

SEPTIC SYSTEMS

Do you have copies of my existing septic plans?

Yes, most properties have a septic system plan on file in the Department of Community Development and can be viewed at Town Hall.

Do you know when my existing septic system was last inspected?

Information about when a septic system was last inspected would be in the property file in the Department of Community Development and can be viewed at Town Hall.

Can I see my septic file online?

No, the files are in hard copy in the Department of Community Development and can be viewed at Town Hall.

Can you fax me my septic plan?

Yes, upon written request to the Health Department a septic plan can be faxed or emailed. Please be aware that many septic plans are larger than a letter size page.

ADMINISTRATIVE CONSENT ORDERS (ACO'S)

What is an ACO?

An Administrative Consent Order (ACO) is a contract between a property owner and the Board of Health whereby the property owner commits to connecting to the municipal sewer system if and when the system is made available to the property parcel. The ACO allows the existing on-site sanitary system to be maintained and in working order until the sewer is made available. While the ACO is in effect, the property owner pays the assessed betterment fee based on the Title 5 design flow to the parcel yearly into an interest-bearing account. This money is then applied toward the sewer connection upon availability of the sewer to the property. If it is later deemed that the sewer will not be coming to the parcel, the funds shall be used to install a Title 5 compliant onsite septic system.

How do I sign up for an ACO?

To sign up for an ACO or Administrative Consent Order, the property owner or designee must fill out a Request to Appear before the Board of Health (PDF) and present their request at a public meeting. To start the process, turn in your Request to Appear before the Board of Health to the Provincetown Health Department.

After the Board of Health approves my ACO, what happens next?

The signed ACO contract must be notarized and then the property owner (or representative) must record the contract at the Barnstable County Registry of Deeds. Proof of that recording must be sent to the Health Department.

How do I pay my ACO payments to the Town of Provincetown?

Once the ACO contract has been signed and is recorded against the deed of the property, the property owner will issue payment to the Provincetown Treasurers Office according to the payment schedule provided. Include with the initial payment a completed W9 tax form and proof of the ACO recording from the Registry of Deeds.

What if the sewer does not make it to my address in 5 years? What happens then?

If it is determined by the Sewer Department that the Municipal Sewer System will not be serving the parcel in the allotted time then the funds that have been paid into the ACO account may be taken out and shall be used to install a Title 5 compliant on-site septic system.

PROVINCETOWN MUNICIPAL SEWER

Am I required to hook up to the sewer?

No, the municipal sewer system is primarily a voluntary system. There are circumstances when a property may be required to connect to the system but generally the choice to connect is based on the property owner and availability on the system. However, if you have signed a commitment letter and have been told by the Municipal Sewer Department to commit you must do so within 60 days.

What is the annual sewer fee?

To find out the current user rate for the municipal sewer system, please call the Department of Public Works at (508) 487-7060.

HAZARDOUS WASTE

How do I properly dispose of household hazardous waste?

The Town of Provincetown sponsors yearly Household Hazardous Waste days along with the Towns of Truro and Wellfleet. On the scheduled days you may bring your household hazardous waste to that town's transfer station for proper disposal. To find out when the Household Hazardous Waste drop-off days are, you may call the Provincetown Department of Public Works at (508) 487-7060, the Provincetown Health Department at (508) 487-7020, or the Cape Cod Cooperative Extension's Hazardous Waste Program which runs the Household Hazardous Waste drop-off program at (508) 375-6698.

What if I have hazardous waste to dispose and there won't be a Household Hazardous Waste drop-off date for a long time?

Call the Cape Cod Cooperative Extension's Hazardous Waste Program at (508) 375-6698. They may be able to direct you to resources that can help.