§ 34-21A-1 Purpose
§ 34-21A-2 Definitions
§ 34-21A-3 Alabama Onsite Wastewater Board
§ 34-21A-4 Meetings, compensation, expenses of the board
§ 34-21A-5 Officers, executive director, and administration of the board
§ 34-21A-6 Funding and financial administration of the board
§ 34-21A-7 Duties and authority of the board
§ 34-21A-8 Annual report of the board
§ 34-21A-9 Rules and regulations
§ 34-21A-10 Exemptions
§ 34-21A-11 Fees
§ 34-21A-12 Licenses
§ 34-21A-13 Form of application for licenses, examinations, and license renewals
§ 34-21A-14 Eligibility requirements for license application
§ 34-21A-15 Requirements of examination, areas, and levels of qualification
§ 34-21A-16 Bond requirement for licensees
§ 34-21A-17 Applicability of licensing provisions
§ 34-21A-18 Annual renewal of license
§ 34-21A-19 Inactive license
§ 34-21A-20 Replacement licenses
§ 34-21A-21 Revocation and suspension of license
§ 34-21A-22 Complaint and regulation procedures
§ 34-21A-23 Reinstatement of license
§ 34-21A-24 Appeal procedure
§ 34-21A-25 Penalties and sanctions
§ 34-21A-26 Sunset provisions

Terms Used In Alabama Code > Title 34 > Chapter 21A

  • action: Condemnation action. See Alabama Code 18-1A-3
  • Appeal: A request made after a trial, asking another court (usually the court of appeals) to decide whether the trial was conducted properly. To make such a request is "to appeal" or "to take an appeal." One who appeals is called the appellant.
  • Appropriation: The provision of funds, through an annual appropriations act or a permanent law, for federal agencies to make payments out of the Treasury for specified purposes. The formal federal spending process consists of two sequential steps: authorization
  • board: The Alabama Onsite Wastewater Board. See Alabama Code 34-21A-2
  • Complaint: A written statement by the plaintiff stating the wrongs allegedly committed by the defendant.
  • condemnor: A person empowered to condemn. See Alabama Code 18-1A-3
  • CONVENTIONAL ONSITE SEWAGE SYSTEM: An onsite sewage system consisting of a septic tank, or an Alabama Department of Public Health approved pretreatment device, with effluent discharging into a subsurface effluent disposal medium, where all portions of the effluent disposal field sidewalls are installed below the elevation of undisturbed native soil, including a conventional onsite sewage system as defined by the Alabama Department of Public Health regulations. See Alabama Code 34-21A-2
  • Corporation: A legal entity owned by the holders of shares of stock that have been issued, and that can own, receive, and transfer property, and carry on business in its own name.
  • crops: Any form of vegetation intended to be removed and used or sold for commercial purposes, including grass, flowers, fruits, vegetables, trees, vines, and nursery stock. See Alabama Code 18-1A-3
  • Damages: Money paid by defendants to successful plaintiffs in civil cases to compensate the plaintiffs for their injuries.
  • Dismissal: The dropping of a case by the judge without further consideration or hearing. Source:
  • ENGINEERED ONSITE SEWAGE SYSTEM: An onsite sewage system that varies from conventional onsite sewage system equipment, methods, processes, and installation procedures in accordance with the rules and regulations of the Alabama Department of Public Health. See Alabama Code 34-21A-2
  • Evidence: Information presented in testimony or in documents that is used to persuade the fact finder (judge or jury) to decide the case for one side or the other.
  • Fair market value: The price at which an asset would change hands in a transaction between a willing, informed buyer and a willing, informed seller.
  • Federal Reserve System: The central bank of the United States. The Fed, as it is commonly called, regulates the U.S. monetary and financial system. The Federal Reserve System is composed of a central governmental agency in Washington, D.C. (the Board of Governors) and twelve regional Federal Reserve Banks in major cities throughout the United States. Source: OCC
  • Fraud: Intentional deception resulting in injury to another.
  • GOOD STANDING WITH LOCAL HEALTH AUTHORITIES OR OFFICIALS: A person in good standing with local health authorities or officials shall have had no substantiated complaints filed against him or her with the local health authorities or officials regarding the work of the person in the onsite sewage industry, and shall be known by the local health authorities or officials to be a person who abides by the rules and regulations of the Alabama Department of Public Health. See Alabama Code 34-21A-2
  • GREASE TRAP: A receptacle containing nontoxic, nonhazardous liquid waste generated by a commercial food operation or institutional food preparation facility including, without limitation, fats, oil, grease, and food scraps, whether connected to a city sewer or not, to include a sewage tank, as defined by the Alabama Department of Public Health rules. See Alabama Code 34-21A-2
  • improvement: Includes any building or structure and any facility, machinery, or equipment that cannot be removed from the real property on which it is situated without substantial damage to the real property or improvement. See Alabama Code 18-1A-3
  • individual: A human person. See Alabama Code 34-21A-2
  • installation: The act of installing a conventional or engineered onsite sewage system. See Alabama Code 34-21A-2
  • Jurisdiction: (1) The legal authority of a court to hear and decide a case. Concurrent jurisdiction exists when two courts have simultaneous responsibility for the same case. (2) The geographic area over which the court has authority to decide cases.
  • Lease: A contract transferring the use of property or occupancy of land, space, structures, or equipment in consideration of a payment (e.g., rent). Source: OCC
  • license: A valid and current certificate of qualification issued by the board which shall give the named person to whom it is issued authority to engage in the specialized area and level of qualification described on the certificate. See Alabama Code 34-21A-2
  • licensee: A qualified individual holding a license issued by the board. See Alabama Code 34-21A-2
  • LICENSING PROCEDURE: The process of testing at the state level to determine the knowledge and skill of an individual with respect to onsite sewage systems, and the issuing of licenses to indicate that an individual has passed the examinations and met all other board-established qualifications for licensure. See Alabama Code 34-21A-2
  • Litigation: A case, controversy, or lawsuit. Participants (plaintiffs and defendants) in lawsuits are called litigants.
  • LITIGATION EXPENSES: The sum of the costs, disbursements, and expenses, including reasonable attorney, appraisal, and engineering fees, necessary to prepare for anticipated or participation in actual probate or circuit court proceedings. See Alabama Code 18-1A-3
  • LOCAL HEALTH AUTHORITY OR OFFICIALS: The county health department in the county or counties in which a licensee performs work in or is engaged in the manufacture, installation, cleaning, servicing, or maintenance of onsite sewage systems or equipment. See Alabama Code 34-21A-2
  • manufacturer: Person engaged in the production of septic tanks or receptacle equipment used in onsite sewage systems. See Alabama Code 34-21A-2
  • Misdemeanor: Usually a petty offense, a less serious crime than a felony, punishable by less than a year of confinement.
  • ONSITE SEWAGE SYSTEM: Any system of piping, treatment devices, pumps, alarms, or other facilities or devices that carry or convey, store, treat, or dispose of sewage (human waste) where the system is not connected to a public sewer, including an onsite sewage treatment and disposal system onsite septic system (OSS) as defined by the Alabama Department of Public Health rules. See Alabama Code 34-21A-2
  • Partnership: A voluntary contract between two or more persons to pool some or all of their assets into a business, with the agreement that there will be a proportional sharing of profits and losses.
  • person: Includes a natural individual, partnership, corporation, association, other legal or fiduciary entity, and a public entity. See Alabama Code 18-1A-3
  • Plaintiff: The person who files the complaint in a civil lawsuit.
  • preceding: means next before. See Alabama Code 1-1-1
  • Probate: Proving a will
  • property: An interest in real or personal property under the law of this state. See Alabama Code 18-1A-3
  • Quorum: The number of legislators that must be present to do business.
  • Remainder: An interest in property that takes effect in the future at a specified time or after the occurrence of some event, such as the death of a life tenant.
  • RESPONSIBLE CHARGE: The person in responsible charge must direct the projects involving the installation or service and repair of an onsite sewage system under Alabama law. See Alabama Code 34-21A-2
  • Service of process: The service of writs or summonses to the appropriate party.
  • servicing: The act of cleaning, maintaining, or repairing an installed onsite sewage system. See Alabama Code 34-21A-2
  • Temporary restraining order: Prohibits a person from an action that is likely to cause irreparable harm. This differs from an injunction in that it may be granted immediately, without notice to the opposing party, and without a hearing. It is intended to last only until a hearing can be held.
  • Testify: Answer questions in court.
  • Testimony: Evidence presented orally by witnesses during trials or before grand juries.
  • Trial: A hearing that takes place when the defendant pleads "not guilty" and witnesses are required to come to court to give evidence.
  • United States: includes the territories thereof and the District of Columbia. See Alabama Code 1-1-1
  • VALUATION DATE: Shall be the date on which the application for order of condemnation is filed in the probate court or the date of taking of or damage to property by the condemnor, whichever date first occurs. See Alabama Code 18-1A-3
  • Verdict: The decision of a petit jury or a judge.
  • year: means a calendar year; but, whenever the word "year" is used in reference to any appropriations for the payment of money out of the treasury, it shall mean fiscal year. See Alabama Code 1-1-1