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Posted on: February 21, 2018

[ARCHIVED] Health Department Opens Wet Season Soil Testing

The 2018 wet season percolation (PERC) testing for Prince George’s County begins on FEBRUARY 21, 2018 due to adequate soil saturation levels. 

 PERC testing is required for any property that is not going to be served by public sewer and before any on-site sewage disposal system can be installed.  If you plan to build on undeveloped property in Prince George's County and your property is unable to be served by public sewer; you must apply to the Prince George's County Health Department to conduct PERC testing.

Application processing is handled on a first-come, first-served basis.  The fee for testing is $267.75 per lot.  No tests will be conducted until the application has been submitted and processed. Percolation testing applications that were received by the Health Department during 2015, 2016 AND 2017 will be acceptable for this wet season. Reapplication is not needed unless additional lots are being tested that were not indicated in the previous applications.

To obtain an application to perform PERC testing, please visit the Prince George’s County Department of Permitting, Inspections and Enforcement (DPIE), Business Licenses Office, at 9400 Peppercorn Place, First Floor, Largo, Maryland 20774 orgo online at:

Obtaining a satisfactory percolation test is not the only requirement in the process of developing a piece of land.   Other county zoning and building requirements must be met as well.

Soil saturation levels will continue to be monitored to determine the duration of wet season for this coming year.

For further information, please contact the Prince George's County Health Department, Division of Environmental Health at 301-883-7681, weekdays between the hours of

7:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. or email at

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