Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Who is eligible for this Program?
A: Homeowners with a residence within eligible targeted areas, pre-approved by FDEP with an existing conventional Onsite Sewage Treatment and Disposal System (OSTDS).

Q: How can a Homeowner apply for the Septic Upgrade Incentive Program?
A: Homeowners may apply online (, in person, or by mail at 2804 W. Marc Knighton Court #12, Lecanto, FL 34461.

Q: Whose responsibility is it to find a septic contractor or licensed plumber?

A: The Homeowner selects the registered septic installer or the licensed plumber to complete the septic upgrade project.

Q: What Florida Department of Health (DOH) approved nitrogen-reducing septic systems are eligible under the Grant Program?
A: Nitrogen-reducing options include In-ground Nitrogen-Reducing Biofilters (INRBs), Nitrogen-Reducing (NSF 245-certified) aerobic treatment units, and Nitrogen-Reducing Performance-Based Treatment Systems.

A list of the eligible features achieving enhanced treatment of nitrogen  is available on the FDOH website:

For more information, please contact the Environmental Health at Citrus County Department of Health at (352) 527-0068 or email them at

Q: What happens if Homeowners/Contractors do not include all the required documents with the grant?
A: The County only considers fully completed documents submitted in their entirety. The County will notify the Homeowners and the registered or certified Contractors of all missing required grant documentation.

Q: How are Homeowners notified of grant awards?
A: The Homeowner will receive a notice of award by email and/or mail according to preference.

Q: How are grant funds processed?
A: Upon completion, inspection, and approval by the County Building Department and FDOH, the Grants Division will review and award up to $7,000.00 in a grant reimbursement to the registered septic contractor, licensed plumber or directly to the Homeowner.  Please allow time for the reimbursement to be processed.

Q: What if the Homeowner has questions about the grant?
A: Please call (352) 527-7520 Citrus County Housing Services.