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Planning & Community Development
Office of Development Services
1255 Franklin Street, Suite 103
Rocky Mount, VA 24151

Phone: 540-483-3027 or e-mail us

E-Mail: Steve Sandy, Ext. 2217
Director of Planning

E-Mail: Lisa Cooper Ext. 2642
Principal Planner/Long Range Planning

E-Mail: Terry Harrington, Ext. 2430
Senior Planner/Current Planning

E-Mail: Hannah Powell, Ext. 2304
Clerk to Planning Commission

E-Mail: William Raney, Ext. 2324
Development Review Specialist II

E-Mail: Ronald Wilson,Ext. 2429
Development Review Coordinator

E-Mail: Tina Franklin, Ext. 2427
Development Review Specialist I

E-Mail: Austin Taylor, Ext. 2310
Development Review Specialist II

Monday - Friday
8:00 am - 4:30 pm


Pump out Septic Program

Smith Mountain Lake Community Park

Smith Mountain Lake is a resource of great importance to Franklin County and the surrounding region. Franklin County is doing its part to assure that the lake remains an economic and recreational benefit to its citizens through various programs and planning initiatives. Once such program is the Pump Out Program.  With concern mounting over improperly maintained septic systems and its effect on lake water quality, Franklin County adopted an ORDINANCE  in July of 2006 requiring citizens with a septic system located within 500 feet of the shoreline of Smith Mountain Lake  to pump or inspect their septic every 5 years.

Keeping your septic maintained has benefits not only to the homeowner and the community, but to the environment as well.  See our brochure for tips to keeping your septic system working for you.  For additional information on taking care of your septic, go to the EPA SepticSmart website or the Virginia Dept of Health Onsite Septic System Information Website.

You must register any septic system located within 500 feet of the shoreline of Smith Mountain Lake.  The Registration Form  must be filled out and returned with a $35.00 registration fee. See the form for further instructions.
You will need to mark the location of your system. If you are unsure where your septic system is located, The Virginia Department of Health can you help you with that -- Contact them or call the Rocky Mount, VA office at (540)483-0292 -- or call an approved septic service company.
Provide documentation (a cancelled check and/or receipt from an approved septic provider) with the date of your most recent pump out or inspection.

The County Ordinance requires that you pump out or inspect your septic every 5 years. Once your septic is registered, the County will send a notification letter on the anniversary date of service as a reminder that pump out or inspection is due.  

Once you have serviced your system, return the bottom portion of your notification along with the receipt from the septic company to the County. Or print and return this compliance form  with your receipt. Follow the instructions on the form.

View your land parcel in relation to Smith Mountain Lake from the County GIS Web Site.  Enter the parcel number, view the Map then choose the Overlays, 500ft layer to see if the parcel is in the pump out zone.

If you received a notice and you believe that your system is not within the designated pump out zone, provide satisfactory  documentation that will show that your system is located outside the 500ft zone. Follow the instructions on the form and return it to the the Septic Pump Out coordinator.

You may contract with any septic service company provided that they are certified by the Virginia Department of Health to pump and inspect septic systems. A number of area service companies can be found in the yellow pages or search online for Septic Pumping Companies Rocky Mount VA. Or visit the Virginia Professional Licensing Site  (enter your zip code, scroll down and choose the Onsite Sewage System Professionals, then click Search Licenses) to find all locally licensed vendors.


Contact us:

Franklin County Planning & Community Development
ATTN: Septic Pump Out Program
1255 Franklin Street, Suite 103
Rocky Mount, VA  24151



 (Source U.S. EPA)

How Does A Septic System WorkFor an animated, interactive model of a household septic system,
visit the Guadallupe-Blanco River Authority website on how a septic system works!