Salt Lake Valley Health Department
Bureau of Water Quality and Hazardous Waste
788 East Woodoak Lane (5380 South)
Murray, Utah 84107
Developing a Subdivision
All subdivisions within Salt Lake County must have adequate water and sewer systems. This protects the public’s health and safety and prevents the spread of disease, pollution, and general nuisances. Developers must comply with the Salt Lake Valley Health Department Health Regulation #12, Subdivision Regulation.
In order to construct a subdivision, you must obtain a written Subdivision Approval from the Salt Lake Valley Health Department (SLVHD). To get approval, you must first get a referral from a planning agency and submit it to SLVHD. Then, you are required to submit proof of an adequate drinking water supply and of adequate wastewater disposal.
Water can be supplied by either a public drinking water system or an individual drinking water system.
If the subdivision will utilize public drinking water, the system must be approved by the Utah State Department of Environmental Quality, Division of Drinking Water. A letter from your water district stating that the system is adequate for the development can serve as a precondition of approval.
If an individual drinking water system is planned, you must submit documentation that the system complies with the SLVHD Regulation #11, Individual Water Systems.
Wastewater service can be through an existing public sewer system or individual wastewater disposal systems
If the public sewer system will service the development, the sewer district should supply you with a letter assuring that the system can serve your development and that adding the development to the system will not overload the treatment plant
If the development will be using individual wastewater disposal systems, documentation asserting that the system meets Utah Administrative Code R317 requirements and a $28.00 Subdivision Plan Review Fee should be submitted.
The SLVHD has the authority to perform inspections, reviews, and investigations in order to assure compliance. Failure to comply with this regulation is a class B misdemeanor, and every day the violation occurs counts as a separate regulation. If the regulation has been violated, the SLVHD is authorized to take civil enforcement action or refer the problem to criminal prosecution. SLVHD may also issue a Notice of Violation and Order of Compliance (NOV), which will require you to take remedial action within a reasonable amount of time.
Please contact the SLVHD Bureau of Water Quality and Hazardous Waste with any questions or concerns (385) 468-3863.