Buying/Selling Property

Planning and Zoning


For requirements on splitting land (for selling or otherwise), please see Subdivisions.

Transfer Agreement

Pine County Subsurface Sewage Treatment System (SSTS) Ordinance Section 8.01.04 requires that prior to the sale, transfer, contract for deed, or any other conveyance of land upon which a dwelling is located, or a tract of land upon which a structure that is required to have an SSTS, the following must be met:
    1. NO INSPECTION REQUIRED, if these Conditions are met:
  • A valid “Certificate of Compliance” for a New/Replacement System is on file with the County and has been issued within the last 5 years.
  • A valid Compliance Inspection Report is on file with the County and has been issued within the last three (3) years.

      A full list of exemptions can be found in the Pine County SSTS Ordinance.

   2. INSPECTION REQUIRED, if Conditions in #1 are not met: 
  • A septic compliance inspection and report can be obtained from a licensed SSTS Inspector. If the “Septic Compliance Report” indicates a passing septic system, then the property sale or transfer may proceed as normal so long as the county has a copy of that passing report.
    • The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) maintains a list Click here. You also can get a list maintained by Pine County Click here.

If a compliance inspection does not happen prior to sale, the buyer is responsible for having an inspection performed by a licensed inspector within 60 days. 

If the replacement of a Non-Compliant system does not occur prior to closing, sufficient security in the form of an escrow agreement shall be established. The amount escrowed shall be equal to 150% of a written estimate, or 110% of the written contract price for the installation of a complying system provided by a licensed and certified installer.  

In absence of an escrow account, the buyer shall be responsible for the necessary upgrading of said SSTS. A property can be sold with a Non-Compliant system "as-is". 

WINTER SALES: When a property sale occurs between November 15th and April 15th, a transfer agreement is required. This includes an agreement to complete a compliance inspection by the following June 1st by a licensed inspection business.

Financial Assistance: Pine County offers different forms of financial assistance for septic owners. For more information, Click here.

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Sandstone, MN 55072
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Mike Gainor, Land & Resource Manager
(Zoning Information, Building Site Permits, Septic Permits, Minor Subdivisions, Conditional Use Permits, Variances,  Aquatic Invasive Species, Outdoor Recreation)
(320) 591-1657

Erin Hoxsie, Office Manager 
(General Inquiries)
(320) 216-4162

Lukas Olson, Zoning & Environmental Technician 
(Septic Permits, Building Site Permits)
(320) 591-1659

Dave Banta, Environmental Technician 
(Building Site Permits, Septic Permits, Wetlands)
(320) 591-1674

Jeremy Williamson, Environmental Technician
(Shorelands, Wetlands, Water Planning)
(320) 591-1649