Are septic tank locations public record?

Are septic tank locations public records? Unfortunately, the Alabama Legislature passed a bill that would keep the addresses of septic tanks from being made public. House Bill 541, by Rep. Mack Butler (R-Rainbow City), will shut down access to the records on septic systems in Alabama.

In what has been dubbed as “The Alabama Septic Tank Database Bill” SB-540, by Sen. Rusty Glover (R-Mobile), legislators want to make sure companies can’t use this data for marketing purposes and to prevent identity theft. House Bill 541 builds off a 2014 ruling that said that information about where septic systems were located could be made available under the state’s open records law, according to AL.com . This legislation states: “There is a substantial public interest in protecting the physical location of individual septic tanks and septic tank systems,”



House Bill 541 builds off a 2014 ruling that said that information about where septic systems were located could be made available under the state’s open records law, according to AL.com. This legislation states: “There is a substantial public interest in protecting the physical location of individual septic tanks and septic tank systems,”

The location of septic tanks is in public records. However, anyone can view them online through a database managed by the state government with many limitations.

This is most likely due to privacy concerns, but it’s also possible that businesses see this as an opportunity. For example, companies could convince local governments to install more hook-ups in certain areas where there are no nearby sewer lines or waste treatment facilities by offering perks like free hook-ups or lower rates for homeowners who rely on septic systems.



However, having that information available makes those negotiations less likely because everyone knows how much you’re spending on sewage.

The bill calls for fines of up to $2,000 for anyone that attempts to access the records.

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