How do I know if I am eligible for the rebate?

There are three criteria that must be met to be eligible for the septic system rebate.

  1.  You must have a private residence with a septic system in the current eligible area. Check the map of eligible areas on the main page or contact Kate Kimber at to determine if your system is in the current eligible area.
  2. You must complete a free Whatcom County Health Department Septic System Homeowner Training. This may either be the in person classes or the online training both found at
  3.  You must complete and pay for one of the eligible activities.
  • Evaluation completed by a certified professional.
  • Septic tank pumped by a certified professional.
  • Equipment purchased and installed (risers and lids, baffles, or effluent filters).

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1. How do I know if I am eligible for the rebate?
2. Where do I turn in my rebate application?
3. What do I need to submit for the rebate?
4. How do I sign up for a class?
5. How large of a rebate can I receive?
6. How long does it take to receive the rebate?
7. When is the last date for me to submit my rebate materials? If something comes up, can I still submit them late?
8. I followed the instructions I received after completing my training and have submitted all of my rebate application materials. Is there anything more I need to do?
9. Can I submit applications for all three rebate options?
10. Is the rebate level the same if I complete the in person training or the online training?
11. I completed an evaluation, septic tank pumping, or installed equipment before I received a letter from the Whatcom County Health Department. Am I still eligible for the rebate?
12. I attended a homeowner workshop a few years ago; can you verify that I attended a class? Can I still submit a rebate now?
13. I sent my rebate materials in a few months ago and still have not had any response. Did you receive my information?
14. I completed the online inspection training—am I qualified to inspect my own system for the remainder of the life of the system?
15. If I have a certified professional complete my septic system evaluation, why do I need to complete a homeowner training?