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Good morning. I apologize for the delay in responding to your question. The detached storage container Should not be a problem because it is not a permanent structure which could possibly affect adjacent wetlands. It is important to remember that the low-level bureaucrat when asked for permission regarding something that he is not absolutely sure of, will always respond negatively. They will never say: "I'm not sure about that, but it shouldn't be a problem so go ahead". Everyone is scared to death to do anything that they might get criticized for later. This aspect of human nature gives rise to the principle that: "It is better to ask for forgiveness than permission". That covers the storage container. It may or may not apply to the repair/replacement of a septic system or tank. The question of grandfathering in Oregon is very unclear as can be shown by this article:https://law.lclark.edu/live/files/239-361hunnicutt. Apparently Oregon has (or at least in 2006 had)no specific statute or body of case law on grandfathering, and/or whether or not regulation of land use can amount to a "taking" by the state. If it comes down to a question of losing the home, you will have to employ the services of a very competent, and I would suggest politically connected, local attorney. I hope that this information is helpful, and that I have not spoiled your Thanksgiving with that 52 page article.