Any homeowner in Dakota County using a septic system who meets income eligibility requirements can apply for a low income grant.
Eligibility is based on the homeowners’ combined adjusted gross income and the number of members in the household. Households include all homeowners and any dependents. The homeowners’ adjusted gross income must be equal to or less than the dollar amount shown. Adjusted gross income is based on the June 15, 2016 USDA Rural Development data for the Twin Cities area, including Dakota County.
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Maximum grant amount
The County will reimburse homeowners up to 50 percent of the cost to replace or repair failing septic systems, not to exceed $10,000. In order for funds to be released, an inspection as-built form must be submitted for the new system, along with a receipt showing the installer has been paid in full, or that a payment arrangement has been agreed upon between the homeowner and installer.
How to apply
To apply for a fix-up grant, homeowners must complete an application and provide the following information:
- A copy of the Notice of Non-compliance (failed compliance inspection report)
- A copy of your current Minnesota tax return (for proof of income requirement, please block out your social security number)
- A septic design by a state licensed septic designer
Call Dakota County at 952-891-7024 to request an application.
Grant funds are provided through the Clean Water Land and Legacy Amendment and distributed by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency to Dakota County.
Costs to upgrade a failing septic system
Costs to upgrade a failing septic system include septic design, township or city permit fee, installation, and final inspection fee. If your property is located in the Dakota County shoreland district, city of Randolph, city of New Trier or Randolph Township your permit and final inspection fees will be waived by Dakota County.
Low interest loans
The Dakota County Soil and Water Conservation District has low interest loans available for upgrading failing septic systems. Call the Soil and Water Conservation District at 651-480-7777 to request information.
Requirements for failing septic systems
Dakota County Ordinance 113 requires failing septic systems to be upgraded within 10 months of the “Notice of Non-compliance” or at the time of property sale. Cities and townships in Dakota County adopted the County Ordinance 113 standards and are responsible for making sure all non-compliant septic systems are upgraded within the 10-month period. Dakota County is responsible for compliance in the shoreland district, the city of Randolph, city of New Trier and Randolph Township.