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Getting A Composting Toilet Approved


So you've contacted your local building department and you've discovered that composting toilets are not on their list of "approved" fixtures for homes in your area. Or worse, you've already installed a composting toilet, only to have the building department provide you with a corrective action request. What do you do now? The situation may not be as difficult to resolve as you'd think. Remember, the primary goal of every building department is to protect the health and safety of its citizens through responsible building methods and the use of safe building supplies. If you can demonstrate to them that your composting toilet is safe and non-polluting, you will likely get the approval you seek without any problems.

The first guideline is to play by the rules. Get as much information as you can from your building department. Ask for any handouts related to plumbing work, plumbing code, and fixtures. They should also be able to provide you with the paperwork you'll need to fill out to request an approval of your composting toilet system. Fill everything out as completely as you can.

Next, gather as much documentation as you can about your specific composting toilet. A copy of the instruction and installation manual is critical. This will provide your local building department officials with information about how the toilet works and how you'll maintain it. Product instruction manuals can be found for every toilet we sell on the product detail page. If you have trouble finding the current manual, feel free to call us at 1-800-690-0132.

Also be sure to include any documentation available about the toilet's approvals, listings, certifications, and testing it has undergone with various agencies and independent research organizations. Here at the Composting Toilet Store, every toilet we sell has been independently tested and certified by the NSF (National Sanitation Foundation), and you should be sure to include a copy of the NSF listing along with the other paperwork for your local building department. This listing is proof that our composting toilets are sanitary and will not contaminate the environment. The testing documentation will also show that, when used properly, our composting toilets will produce a sanitary end compost that won't make anyone sick.