SSES Sanitary Sewer Evaluation Survey

Holland Engineering is one of the few engineering companies in Florida that performs SSES reports for Miami-Dade.

Meeting County requirements is a complex and intensive process. Privately owned and operated sanitary sewer systems located in Miami-Dade County are required to function properly at all times. All system parts including pipes, cleanouts, manholes, and pump stations must be fully operational and in good condition to maintain good standing with Miami-Dade County.

The Division of Environmental Resources Management (DERM) mandates that private sanitary sewer systems provide a Sewer System Evaluation Survey (SSES) report, signed and sealed by a Florida licensed-engineer. Holland Engineering has a proven track record in successfully submitting Plan A and Plan B SSES Reports per DERM’s guidelines to ensure our clients’ property is compliant.

The SSES Survey Report is complex one. We work in tandem with a host of experts, from professionally-licensed plumbing contractors to our own engineering teams to our in-house administration team, to provide official certification for our clients.

This comprehensive process involves a multitude of specialized testing performed by our approved, professionally-licensed field teams.

Our SSES Process

Our SSES Process

Phase 1
  • An on-site field investigation of your sewer system is performed
  • Inspect and evaluate to confirm that all sanitary system structures, piping, manholes, grease traps, gravity mains, wet wells & pump stations are properly functioning.
  • Conduct an on-site field inspection measuring and mapping the sanitary sewer pipe sizes, pipe lengths, and the entire underground system to validate and update the engineer’s site map per DERM’s requirements
  • Identify any system/structural deficiencies that require repairs such as leaks, broken pipes, cross-line issues with storm drains/sewer lines, etc.
  • Conduct smoke and/or flow measurement testing
  • Our Florida Licensed Professional Engineer prepares an engineering sewer plan to scale meeting DERM requirements for SSES reports and validating that all site drawings are accurate
  • All the aforementioned documentation and collected data is then prepared and recorded in the SSES report.
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Phase Two
  • Implement all necessary repairs
  • Perform any additional re-testing, i.e. smoke and/or flow measurement testing that previously failed
  • Once the SSES report is completed, it is reviewed by our Florida Licensed Professional Engineer for final approval
  • Our engineer then signs and seals it for official submission and provides the sanitary sewer certification to Miami-Dade County
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The final SSES report must be signed and sealed by a Florida licensed-engineer.

Once the comprehensive evaluation, testing, data collection, and repairs are completed, our Florida-licensed engineer will confirm your system is compliant with government mandates.

Private Sanitary Sewer Operating Permit


County records by the Department of Regulatory and Economic Resources, Division of Environmental Resources Management (DERM) requires that a complete Third Cycle Sewer System Evaluation Survey (3rd Cycle SSES) Report of the sanitary sewer system within your property be submitted to or received by DERM. Please note that the 3rd Cycle SSES Report was due to DERM on or before November 12, 2022, in accordance with Specific Condition No. 12 of your Private Sanitary Sewer Operating (PSO) Permit and pursuant to section 24-42.2(3)(a) of Chapter 24 of the Miami-Dade County Code (the Code), which states in pertinent part:

“…The utility or non-utility shall implement a sewer system evaluation survey (SSES) and submit a report summarizing the findings of the SSES to the Department for review and approval.”

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