This is a grant funded program with a goal of increasing homeowners’ knowledge of septic systems, how they work, and how to identify potential problems before a system fails. Thus, the training is a requirement to be eligible for the rebate program.
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There are three criteria that must be met to be eligible for the septic system rebate.
You are a senior citizen or a person with disabilities with your residence in Washington State and qualify for a property tax deduction under the property tax exemption for senior citizens and people with disabilities program.
At Whatcom County Public Works- Natural Resources, 322 N. Commercial, 2nd, Bellingham, WA 98225. The office is located in the tall gray and blue building across the street from the Bellingham Public Library.
If this is your first rebate for your property and you have completed a Health Department workshop in the past three years, you may submit your rebate application with a copy of your invoice. If it has been longer than three years, remember to complete the refresher quiz and attach to your application materials.
If you have not completed a Health Department workshop, you may complete the Health Department’s online training and submit your application with the attached quiz and invoice.
You will need to submit:
If this in an additional rebate for this property, you may attend another workshop or complete a refresher quiz to receive the rebate.
*If in-person workshop was completed, no Refresher Quiz is necessary
In-person training workshops are hosted by Whatcom County Health Department. You can find training dates and locations on their website. Homeowners can also complete the Health Department’s online training in lieu of the in person workshops. Homeowners who complete the online training must complete and submit the refresher quiz with their rebate application.
Your rebate amount will depend on the activity you complete.
Standard Septic Rebate
*This rebate category is eligible for one rebate activity per property
Septic Assistance Rebate
*This rebate category is eligible for multiple rebates per application- Up to $500 total for the completion of both services
Rebate applications are typically processed within 4-6 weeks. You will receive a check at the mailing address you indicated on your rebate application.
Rebate applications can be received for 12 months after the work on your septic system has been completed. Funding is limited, so participants are encouraged to submit materials as early as possible.
Nope! You should be all set. We will contact you if we need any additional information.
No, you may complete all three activities. However, each parcel* is eligible for one rebate. Your rebate will be processed for the highest rebate level from your mix of activities. For example, if you completed both an evaluation and septic system pumping, your rebate will be processed for the septic system pumping.
* If there are multiple septic systems on one parcel, you may be eligible for multiple rebates. Contact Molly Burke at [email protected] to determine if you have more than one eligible system.
Yes, as long as the work was completed in the last year, you complete a septic system training, and you can obtain a copy of your receipt or paid invoice.
Yes, the Whatcom County Health Department keeps records of landowners that have completed septic system classes. Upon submittal of your rebate application materials, we will verify your eligibility. If it has been 3 years or longer since your completed workshop, a refresher quiz will need to be submitted with your application.
Please Note: Rebate applications can be received for 12 months after the work on your septic system has been completed.
Processing time ranges anywhere from 4-6 weeks; if you have not received a rebate within two months of submitting your materials, please contact us at [email protected] or (360) 778-6230.
You can apply for an additional rebate for your property if:
You will find links to the refresher quiz and rebate application on the Public Works website or contact us at [email protected].
To review information before completing your refresher quiz or your septic system inspection, visit the Whatcom County Health Department's homeowner training webpage to complete the homeowner training and access the homeowner training materials.