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What you should know about septic tanks in Arizona

AZ Septic Tank Inspection

When you are selling a home in Arizona that has a septic tank, you must have your AZ septic tank pumped of all solids and all liquids prior to close of escrow. This is called an inspection and is to be performed by the seller. If there is orange pipe or damage to the AZ septic tank or system, it must be repaired by the seller in order to be certified and pass title to the new owner. I do not recommended that you do this prior to being under contract because the inspection is only good for six months. If you do not close within six months you will have to inspect and pump the tank again.

Septic Tank


Any person selling or transferring ownership of a property served by an on-site wastewater treatment facility (including a conventional septic tank system or and alternative on-site wastewater treatment facility) must retain a qualified Inspector to inspect the facility within six months prior to transferring ownership of the property, (Arizona Administrative Code, A.A.C. R18-9-A316).

An inspector that is qualified under A.A.C. R18-9-A316, must complete the attached Report of Inspection form, and provide it to the seller as required by the Code. If there is more than one on-site system in use on the property, the Inspector shall complete a Report of Inspection form for each system.

Before the transfer date (closing date) of the property, the seller shall provide the buyer with the completed Report of Inspection form and any other documents in their possession that relate to the permitting or operation and maintenance of the septic tanks systems or alternative on-site wastewater treatment facility. DO NOT submit this Report of Inspection form to ADEQ or the local county permitting agency. The Buyer retains this form after receiving it from the Seller.
Within 15 calendar days after the date of property transfer, the Buyer shall submit a complete Notice of Transfer form for the change of ownership, and file it with the applicable agency indicated in the Notice of Transfer instructions. Information from this Report of Inspection form is needed to fill out the Notice of Transfer that must be submitted by the Buyer.

Effective February 2, 2007, you may be able to file your Notice of Transfer online. Go to the ADEQ website at for further information regarding this.
Qualified inspectors are required to completely and accurately fill out this form to the best of their knowledge.

Click here for full document and inspection form on Seller Transfer of Septic System in Arizona Horse Property

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Michelle Shelton

Michelle Shelton is the owner and Designated Broker of Life Real Estate. She is the 2020 Vice-Chair and 2019 Treasurer of the Arizona Regional Multiple Listing Service (ARMLS) and serves on the Board of Directors with Arizona Association of REALTORS® as well as West and Southeast REALTORS® of the Valley. Michelle is also on the Rules Committee at ARMLS and serves on various task forces for ARMLS. As treasurer, she was the 2019 Chair of the Audit Committee. Michelle is active in raising the bar in the real estate industry as a whole. She has a passion for people and the rights of homeowners.
Michelle is a top producing REALTOR® in the state of Arizona.

As a Public Speaker and Writer, she has written for various magazine and trade publications and speaks Nationwide regarding the loss of her son, grief, and emotional health.

She is a Certified Negotiations Expert, Master Practitioner of NLP, and has attended Accredited Buyer classes and is a real estate instructor with Internal Dynamics Real Estate School.

Michelle enjoys time with her husband and family, Farm animals, writing, gardening, reading, and is a huge fan of personal growth.

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