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Iowa's Time of Transfer (ToT) septic system inspection law requires that every home or building served by a septic system have that septic system inspected prior to the sale or deed transfer of the home or building. All inspections must be conducted by an inspector that has been certified by the Iowa DNR. The purpose of the law is to eliminate sub-standard or polluting septic systems. A sub-standard septic system is one that has no treatment (secondary treatment) following the septic tank or has a secondary treatment system that has failed. These sub-standard septic systems pose an environmental and public health hazard and require repair. If you have a septic system with a septic tank AND a secondary treatment system such as a seepage (leach) field, sand filter or other approved device, and it is not creating a public health or environmental hazard, it does not have to meet current code.
The Iowa DNR has launched its new online ToT Database for the submittal and search of ToT inspection reports.
The ToT Database is located at: https://programs.iowadnr.gov/timeoftransfer
The new ToT Database allows certified ToT inspectors to login in and enter inspection reports online. All ToT inspection reports will be automatically transmitted to the DNR and the county where the property is located. If an inspector enters a buyer, realtor, or homeowners’ email, those affiliates will also be provided a copy of the report. All ToT inspection reports will be available to the public online upon submittal.
To become a certified time of transfer (ToT) inspector, you must:
Exam Eligibility Process:
To complete the eligibility exam application process, proceed to the Iowa DNR Operator Certification Database.
Once your ToT inspector exam application is approved and you have received an approval notification, you must sign up for and complete the ToT Inspector Training and pass the test given at the end of the training.
ToT Inspector Training:
After you have received your exam approval from the Iowa DNR, you can complete the the ToT Inspector Training.
To qualify for the ToT inspector training, you must have one of the following:
You may sign up for the ToT Inspector Training class at the DMACC Onsite Wastewater Training Center of Iowa website or by calling DMACC at 515-964-6800. The main phone number for the Training Center is 515-964-6818. The cost for the Time of Transfer Inspector class is $300, payable to DMACC.
Once you have completed the inspector training and the test, you will be notified of the test results. If you pass, you will be prompted to pay the certification fee ($300), payable to the Iowa DNR.
Questions on ToT Inspections:
If you have questions about time of transfer inspections or the requirements to become certified, please contact Cory Frank, Iowa DNR, at 515-689-7941, or e-mail at Cory.Frank@dnr.iowa.gov.