Septic System Grant / Loan Program

Polk County Environmental Services is pleased to announce the availability of a cost-share grant program that is available to property owners in Polk County that have an existing noncompliant septic system. Funds are intended to fix septic systems that are currently failing codes or functionality. A major goal of the low-income grant program aims to fix septic systems that are "imminent public health threats." These dollars are made possible through a grant received from the Minnesota Clean Water Legacy Act.

There is a limited amount of funding available and preference for funding will be determined but not limited to income status, condition of existing system, and proximity to priority surface waters. The County will provide a cost share grant contributing 60% and up to 80% of installation cost with a maximum of county cost share up to $12,000.  Polk County reserves the right to administer the fix-up program as it sees fit and select applications at their discretion.

Additional Information

Household Income restrictions will apply as we use HUD household income guidelines. Applicants will be required to pay any match requirement upfront if approved. If you are interested in learning more about this program please call Polk County Planning and Zoning at 218-281-5700 or email our staff. The deadline to apply for the Septic System Fix-Up Program is June 1, 2023. After this date, remaining funding will be available on a first come first serve basis.

Also, remember that Polk County Planning and Zoning requires building/land use permits for all construction projects throughout the County. If you are planning any building/land use projects please contact planning and zoning prior to construction to see what setbacks and ordinance requirements may apply. More information on building/land use regulations can be found on the Polk County website.