Suffolk County Septic Improvement Program Grant Eligibility
Grant Eligibility Criteria:
In order for an application to be considered for a grant the following preliminary criteria must be met:
- The residence must be single family, owner-occupied year round and a property owner’s primary residence. Seasonal homes and rental properties are not eligible for this grant program.
- The residence must be served by a septic system or cesspool and not connected to a sewer system or located within a proposed sewer district.
- Property may not be used as a rental property.
- New construction is not eligible.
- No home based business on the property or in the residence (“business” does not include a personal home office that does not require additional kitchen use or customer access).
- Property owner(s) may not be a current employee of Suffolk County, an elected official of the State of New York or any political subdivision therein (e.g., elected official of town, village, county, etc.), or a party officer.
- Property does not have any outstanding or open real property tax liens.
- There must be a valid certificate of occupancy (CO) or equivalent issued by the applicable town or village. Income verification (provide a copy of each property owner’s most recently filed federal income tax return).
Grant assistance is based upon the following Income Criteria:
- Federal Adjusted Gross Income of a property owner(s) (married or single) who is less than or equal to $300,000/year is eligible for 100% of grant.
- Federal Adjusted Gross Income of a property owner(s) (married or single) who is between $300,000/year – $500,000/year is eligible for 50% of grant.
- Federal Adjusted Gross Income of a property owner(s) (married or single) $500,000 or more will not be eligible for a grant.
Please note that in order to complete the application process, you will be required to submit the following documents:
- Copy of property deed
- Proof of Homeowner’s Insurance
- Copy of most recent property tax bill
- Copy of Certificate of Occupancy or equivalent The first two pages of property owner(s)’ latest year’s tax return along with signature page (Please be sure to redact your social security number) (Form 1040, 1040A or 1040EZ) If applicable: proof of sanitary system failure (photo, service receipts, etc.)
Applications will be received, scored, and ranked in the following order of priority:
- A qualifying Residential Parcel located within the Priority Critical Areas (high and medium density residential parcels less than one acre located within the 0 – 2 year groundwater travel time to surface waters as defined in the Suffolk County Comprehensive Water Resources Management Plan or high or medium density residential parcels within 1,000 feet of enclosed water bodies in Suffolk County);
- A qualifying Residential Parcel located within Critical Areas (high and medium density residential parcels less than one acre located within the 2-25 year groundwater travel time to surface waters as defined in the Suffolk County Comprehensive Water Resources Management Plan);
- A qualifying Residential Parcel located outside of a Priority Critical Area or outside of a Critical Area.