On-site Sewerage Management System Approvals (Septic Tanks)
Properties with on-site sewerage, require approvals with installing, altering and using the system. As a homeowner, it’s important that you protect your health and the environment by understanding how to effectively maintain and operate your system.
On-site sewage management systems treat and dispose of waste water and are required in all areas where connection to a sewer service is not available. They can include:
If you’re purchasing a property with on-site sewage, you’ll need to apply for Approval to Operate within 3 months of property transfer.
Repairing or replacing an existing on-site sewage management system can be expensive and they are not covered in building inspections. We recommend a pre-purchase inspection before you buy to inform you of any potential upgrades or repairs that may be required for continued approval to operate.
You can request a pre-purchase inspection on an on-site sewerage management system or to get a summary of Council records about the system.
2. Complete an on-site sewage management system application to install or alter.
Lodgement options are:
Your application will be acknowledged and you will receive your application number and assessing officer details.
Council will make a determination on your application and let you know the outcome.
Residents using an on-site sewerage system will be charged additionally as part of Council’s Fees and Charges. The cost of these services is not financed from ordinary rates. Fees are renewed every year as part of your rates notice.
Also be aware that aerated wastewater treatment systems must be maintained by a service agent and service reports shall be provided quarterly to Council.