Fast forward to Monday, March 31st, we got the go ahead from DEQ. I drove back to the Department of State Build Codes and handed the plans, approvals, and money (it will be approx. $1500 total) to finally apply for our building permits. Megan at DSBC was cheerful, and knowledgable. Thanks to her, that part was nearly painless!
It was nice to feel like things were finally clicking along! And then a phone call from Geri (a perfectly lovely, helpful woman) at DEQ...our new septic system would have to be pressurized (+$3000) and we would have to get a service agreement with a maintenance company (+$334/yr).
I had a very informative conversation about septic systems and more with Joel at Econo Rooter in Coquille. Very nice guy!
With all our bumps and detours, we have met some great people who do their jobs well. So, there's that!
Megan with DSBC says we could have our permits as early as next week.
And so our journey continues!