Well & Septic Permits

Well Permits

Well permits are $150. One hundred dollars of the permit fee remains in Dubuque County, while the remaining fifty dollars are sent to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources for improvements and updates to the internet-based private well tracking database. Those wishing to secure a well permit must come to the Dubuque County Health Department. View an example of a well permit (PDF).

Download a copy of the Well Plugging record form (PDF).

Septic Permits

Septic permits are $150. Those wishing to secure a septic permit must come to the Dubuque County Health Department. View an example of a septic permit (PDF).

For more information, please review Chapter 69 Septic rules (PDF).

Contractor Rules and Regulations After Septic Installation

You are required to call the Dubuque County Health Department 563-557-7396 24 hours before the start of installation. Sanitarian will inspect on site if schedule permits. The contractor is responsible for submitting digital pictures (septic tank, distribution box and runs of septic fields) and a detailed sketch (with dimensions from the structure) within ten days of completion of the system to the Dubuque County Health Department. The Health Department is at the following location:
13047 City View Drive
Dubuque, IA 52002