Septic Tanks, Cesspools, & Sanitary Structure
Privies, vaults, sewers, private drains, cisterns, septic tanks, cesspools, or drain fields are considered nuisances when they have failed, do not function properly, overflow or leak, produce offensive odors, or are abandoned or no longer used. If they have been emptied and filled with clean fill, they are acceptable. In addition, a vault, septic tank, or cesspool may be a nuisance if it does not meet City criteria for proper location and operation. Call the DSI - Complaint Office at 651-266-8989 to report these types of sanitary nuisances. The procedure followed is the same as for other property nuisances.