On-site Sewerage Management System Approvals

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:

  • septic tank systems
  • aerated wastewater treatment systems
  • composting systems
  • greywater irrigation systems

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.

You can request a fee quote by emailing jsc@junee.nsw.gov.au or calling 6924 8100.

  1. The following supporting documents will be required as part of an application to install or alter:
  • Geotechnical waste water report conducted by a suitable qualified person to ensure the system is design to suit the environment and operate efficiently.
  • Site plan showing boundary outlines, use of adjoining properties (e.g. rural dwelling, road, reserve etc.), location of all buildings (existing and proposed) and any rivers, creeks, drainage gullies, dams or environmentally sensitive areas.
  • Details of system to be installed including information on type, make and model, any type of surface irrigation and details of any raised garden beds.

2. Complete an on-site sewage management system application to install or alter on the NSW Planning Portal.


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.

  1. Complete the on-site sewerage management system application to operate.
  2. Associated fees can be paid at the council or over the phone.
  3. You will be contacted by one of our Environmental Health Officers to arrange an inspection.

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.