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    Transfer of PropertyIn accordance with the Arizona Administrative Code's Arizona State Aquifer Protection Permit (APP) Rules and Pima County Code Title 7, any person selling or otherwise transferring ownership of a property served by an on-site wastewater treatment facility must retain a qualified Inspector to inspect the facility within six months before the property transfer. An inspector must meet the qualification requirements of Arizona Administrative Code R18-9-A316, including the inspector training requirements as recognized by ADEQ.

    Qualified Inspectors

    An inspector retained by the person transferring the property shall meet all applicable requirements of Pima County Code § 7.21.050 and Arizona Administrative Code R18-9-A316, including:

    1. A working knowledge of the type of onsite facility being inspected and the inspection process;
    2. Educational training approved by the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ); and
    3. Applicable categorical professional licensure or registration. ADEQ currently recognizes inspector training provided by the National Association of Wastewater Technicians (NAWT). NAWT maintains a searchable database of persons who hold a current training certificate.


    1. The qualified inspector shall complete the Report of Inspection  form approved by the Pima County Department of Environmental Quality (PDEQ) and submit the completed Report of Inspection to the person transferring the property. If there is more than one (1) on-site wastewater treatment facility on the property, the qualified inspector shall complete a Report of Inspection form for each facility. Qualified inspectors are required to completely and accurately complete the form to the best of their knowledge.
    2. Before the transfer date of the property, the person transferring the property shall provide to the person to whom the property is being transferred the completed Report of Inspection form and any other documents in the person’s possession relating to permitting, operation and maintenance of the on-site wastewater treatment facility.
    3. Each Report of Inspection, along with a $50.00 transfer fee, needs to be submitted to the Pima County Development Services Department (DSD)prior to the transfer of ownership.  The Report of Inspection can be emailed to Building Safety Admin email address graphic and the fee can be paid online (see Fees and Payments Instructions tab) or by hand-delivering Cash, Check or Credit card to the DSD office at 201 N. Stone Ave., 1st Floor, Tucson, AZ 85701, or by mailing a check to the DSD office.
    4. Within fifteen (15) calendar days after the date of the property transfer, the transferee shall complete and submit a Notice of Transfer form for each system to the Pima County Development Services Department. The form can be emailed to Building Safety Admin email address graphic or hand-delivered or mailed to the DSD office at 201 N. Stone Ave., 1st Floor, Tucson, AZ 85701.
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