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Septic Tank Permit Application Process

Before constructing , installing, altering, amending, transferred or using any on-site wastewater management system (septic tank system) a permit must be obtained from Council.

Council can only approve systems that have JAS-ANZ (Joint Accreditation System of Australia and New Zealand) Certificate of Conformity, comply with Planning Permits and Planning controls, designed by a suitably qualified Land Capability Consultant, of whom will provide a Land Capability Assessment Report, have written operation and maintenance information, that complies with Environmental Protection Act 2017, Environmental Protection Regulation 2021, Victorian EPA Code of Practice Onsite Wastewater Management 891.4 and MAV Victorian Land Capability Assessment Framework 2014.

In unsewered areas, Building Surveyors cannot issue a Building Permit until On-site Wastewater Management Permit has been issued by Council.

Council’s Environmental Health Officers will inspect the property prior to the system being constructed, installed, altered, amended or transferred and following installation to ensure the on-site wastewater management system meets the guidelines and Environmental Protection Act 2017 . If your property access is restricted, please contact Environmental Health Department to make arrangements to enable Council Officers to undertake the appropriate inspections.

Once the on-site wastewater management system is installed or altered , you will need to submit as installed system layout plans with Plumbing Compliance Certificate to Council's Environmental Health Department. If you have installed an Aerated Wastewater Treatment System or Sandfilter or Reedbed System or Worm type systems, you will be required to provide a copy of the maintenance agreement with the final layout plan. The owner will be issued with Approval to Use if On-Site Wastewater Management Certificate when this information has been received and Council's Environmental Health Officers are satisfied the On-site Wastewater Management System Permit conditions have been met.

It is the responsibility of the property owners or occupiers to ensure their septic system is operated, maintained, serviced, pumped out and monitored.

Application form for Permit to Construct, Install, Alter, Amend, Renew or Transfer Septic Tank System

Further inquiries regarding septic tank systems can be made by contacting Council’s Environmental Health Department.

Environmental Health Department
1 Market Place
Hamilton Vic 3300
Phone (03) 5573 0256

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