The township where I live is also in the process of installing a new septic system. I just got a notice in the mail that says we have 90 days from 9/3/11 to hook up, or they will charge us $1000 A DAY for non-compliance! Yikes!
Asside from that, in my contract is included the septic system pumping and the cost of the permit, as well as a three year guarantee on all work done. Pretty much everything from soup to nuts is included in this contract, and I have to ask why yours is not? I agree with samhill and Freddy, all the permitting, laws, rules, regs, should all be handled by the contractor. That's his job to make sure that his work is in full compliance with everybody. He should know all this ahead of time and keep all his customers in compliance if this is his profession. I mean, it's the same thing if you hire an electrician, right? He is to know what is up to code and what is not, and if your house burns down due to an electrical fire from his shotty work, guess who's getting sued? I'd pass on those fines to him and tell him good luck.
Another thing I have to ask is why is there a town inspector AND a county inspector? Is there a state inspector, too? How about federal? How many times does the thing need to be inspected, and how many damn permits do you need? Sounds like overkill to me. Then again, I used to live in Vernon. Glad I moved!
I only have to get a township permit. The county has nothing to do with it, and like I said, my contractor is handling it. It's included in the contract.
And about pumping out the tank so many times, maybe I'm confused, but aren't you not supposed to run the water, use the toilets, etc. while the work is being done? Is that why you had to pump again, or did it fill up with rain water? If it's the latter, why didn't he take measures to prevent that if he knew he wasn't going to be done before the storm came that everyone knew was coming? I'd be highly PO'd too.