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The Environmental Division administers the County's Stormwater, sinkhole, erosion & sediment control, floodplain and on-site wastewater system regulations. This Division reviews proposed development plans and plats for compliance with environmental regulations, performs field inspections and provides information to developers, consultants and the general public regarding environmental issues.

If you would like to report a problem with any of the following issues, please click to Environmental Division or call our office at (417) 868-4147.

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Grading Permits

A Grading Permit application is required for any non-agricultural land disturbance. Land disturbance includes all activity that disturbs the root zone of existing vegetation (for example, clearing trees with a dozer requires a grading permit but clearing trees with a chainsaw does not). Construction of ponds is considered an agricultural activity unless the soil leaves the property (which would require a grading permit) or is located within a Special Flood Hazard Area (which would require a floodplain development permit). For a complete copy of the regulations, see the Greene County Storm Water Design Standards or contact the Environmental Division office at (417) 868-4147.

The following items must be submitted prior to issuance of a grading permit:

  1. Completed Grading Permit application signed by the property owner or their legally authorized agent.
  2. Grading permit fee. Checks must be made payable to Greene County Treasurer.
  3. An approved sediment and erosion control plan.
  4. Security Agreement for Grading Permit, performance bond or other required security.
  5. Copy of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources - Land Disturbance Permit for sites over 1 acre.
  6. Approved Floodplain Development Permit Application for sites over 1 acre.
  7. Other State or Federal permits, if required.

Floodplain Development Permits

A floodplain development permit is required for any activity within the Special Flood Hazard Area (often referred to as the mapped floodplain) designated on the Flood Insurance Rate Maps for unincorporated Greene County. A Floodplain Development Permit Application must be submitted to the Environmental Division office along with plans for the proposed activity and the appropriate fee.


On-Site Wastewater Systems

On-site wastewater systems are commonly referred to as "septic systems" but include all systems not connected to public sewer. A permit is required for installation of a new system and for repair or replacement of an existing system. Permits may be obtained from the Building Regulations office located in Room 305 of the Historic Courthouse. For a complete copy of the regulations pertaining to on-site wastewater systems, see the On-site Wastewater Regulations & Standards or contact the Environmental Division office at (417) 868-4147.

In order to obtain a permit for construction of a new on-site wastewater system or for repair or replacement of an existing system, the following information must be submitted:

  1. Appropriate building permit application from Building Regulations
  2. Site Evaluation Form Soil Evaluation - Soil Factors Form prepared by a qualified Soil Scientist List 052716.
  3. Site Plan and System Design prepared by a qualified Soil Scientist, Professional Engineer, Registered Sanitarian, or Geologist. All commercial, non-residential or mechanical systems must be designed by a Professional Engineer.

On-site wastewater system installers must be currently certified with Greene County and the Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services . Contact information for County- Certified On-site Wastewater System Installers are maintained by this office.


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