When planning a subdivision, development, alterations or new building proposal in a location where no sewerage connection is available, you need to consider the requirements for an onsite wastewater management system (OWMS). Such systems include septic tank or aerated wastewater management systems (AWTS) with a variety of land application methods available depending on the site and soil evaluation report and drainage design by an accredited consultant.
Before any work begins in relation to your OWMS, whether a new installation or changes to an existing system, you must first apply for and receive, a Plumbing Permit from Council. This application can be lodged in person at the Riverside office. Please ensure all required documentation and the application fee are submitted. The application is then assessed by Council's Plumbing and Environmental Health staff. When all requirements are satisfied, a Plumbing Permit is issued.
All work must be completed in accordance with the Plumbing Permit. Council must be notified of all mandatory inspection stages at least 2 working days before each stage is reached. To make a booking, please contact Council on 6323 9315. Additional inspections may be necessary if the work is not in compliance with the permit - these may attract an additional fee.
For information regarding the care and maintenance of septic tank systems, please see the Septic Tank Information Sheet.pdf.
For all enquiries regarding your OWMS please contact Council's Environmental Health Department on 6323 9300 or in person at the Riverside office.