Supervisors Eliminate Septic Tank Regulation at SML

The Bedford County Board of Supervisors has overturned a provision requiring septic tank inspections for short-term rentals. Residents felt that the requirement would prevent septic overflows by protected the lake from renters who would pack the rental homes with more than the number of adults allowed by Health Department standards. According to the News and Advance, the ordinance was sent to the planning commission last year to consider eliminating it out of concerns it was unenforceable–it recommended that it remain. But the board this week voted to eliminate the regulation that required those renting homes short term — less than 30 days — have the septic tank inspected or cleaned out to get a new permit every three years. The permit no longer will need to be renewed.

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