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Septic Tanks

State government policies require that any development not connected to reticulated sewerage must ensure that wastewater can be contained on site.

Before you begin any new installation or alteration to an existing system, you must apply for a permit from your local council. Approval is issued in the form of a Permit to Install or Alter a Septic Tank System. This process is usually done within 1-2 weeks of application. Only septic tank systems approved by the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) can be installed.

Installation and alteration of septic systems must be performed by a licensed plumber. You can check plumber accreditation/licenses by contacting the Plumbing Industry Commission on 1800 015 129.

Council Environmental Health Officers will conduct a number of site inspections before, during and after the installation/alteration process. Once the works are completed to the satisfaction of Council, a Certificate to Use a septic system will be issued.

Please note that certain building permits may not be issued until you have obtained a permit to install or alter a septic tank system; and a building certificate of occupancy might only be issued upon receipt of your Certificate to Use a septic system.

If you are intending to sell or purchase a property and are unsure whether the septic tank system is compliant, you can apply for a System Compliance Report. Upon receipt of an application and payment of the report fee, Council's Environmental Health Officers will investigate and establish whether the system is compliant with current standards.

Septic Tank Fees

Permit for New Install $755.00
Permit to Alter Existing System $481.90
System Compliance Report $256.80

Fees current at 1 July 2018

Application Forms

More Information

For further information about the types of approved septic tank systems available go to the EPA website:

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