Loan Surveys (Property Transfers)

The Environmental Health Unit provides this mandatory service to private homeowners for a fee.  When a property in Chautauqua County, served by a private well and an onsite wastewater treatment system (OWTS), is sold, the Environmental Health Unit must evaluate the well and OWTS.

There are certain exceptions to this requirement as follows:

  • Transfers in a foreclosures action
  • Transfers in connection with a partition action under Article 9 of the Real Property Actions and Proceedings Law
  • Transfers by operation of law, such as intestate or testamentary succession
  • Transfers of owner-occupied single family residences between members of an immediate family.  This exemption does not apply in cases of a real property transfer inspection is requested by a lending agency.

This survey simply evaluates the sewage system components and ensures that they are functioning in compliance with the Sanitary Code of the Chautauqua County Health District at the time of the inspection. A water sample is also collected and analyzed for specific bacteria.

Corrective Measures
During the survey it may be discovered that the water is not satisfactory for human consumption and/or the sewage components are not functioning properly. At which time corrective measures must be taken. The corrective measures may include: well disinfection, installing continuous water disinfection, and/or repairing or replacing a septic system. The corrective measures are clearly communicated to the owner's attorney via written correspondence.

Loan Survey Packet
The loan survey packet is designed to guide homeowners through the process of requesting a water and sewage survey.
Checks may be made payable to "Chautauqua County Director of Finance."
  • Inspection of both water and sewage - $300
  • Sewage disposal system inspection (without water inspection) - $150
  • Water supply inspection only (includes sample) - $150