Septic Tanks
Septic Tanks
Council must approve all wastewater treatment and disposal systems (up to 5,000 litres per day) before they are installed or altered.

If you do not live in an area with reticulated sewerage and you are building a house or extending an existing home to add more bedrooms, you need to apply for a permit to install or alter a septic tank system. Septic systems are based on the number of bedrooms in a home.

Permits are valid for two years and construction of the system must be installed as outlined in the permit to install.

A 'Permit to Use' will be issued once the system is installed and all necessary inspections have been completed and the plumber's compliance certificate submitted.

When you have completed a septic tank application form send your form with the following documents:

  • Site plan for either installation or alteration
  • Plan of the location of the site
  • Site plan of the proposed installation
  • Copy of the land capability assessment report (see list below)
  • Copy of certificate of conformity (only required for aerated wastewater system)
  • A full copy of current title for the property

A council officer will contact the customer to take payment.

  • Install a septic tank system application: $777
  • Alter a septic tank system application: $592
  • Renew permit to install: $132
  • Search for septic tank plans: $26

You can get more information and advice by contacting council.

The system you install must be approved by the Environment Protection Authority (EPA). Visit the EPA website for more information.

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Land capability assessment providers

These businesses can undertake a land capability assessment for you.

This list is provided for your information; we do not endorse any companies.

C D Watts & Associates

106 Jones Road, Eagle Point 3878

0412 560 515

austec01 @

Chris O’Brien Engineers

10 Dalmahoy Street

Bairnsdale 3875

0402 384 596

andrew @

Ethos NRM

162 Macleod Street

Bairnsdale 3875

0419 568 525

Simon Anderson Consultants

Suite 3a, 111 Main Street

Bairnsdale 3875

0412 544 255

jason @

Streeter Civil Engineering Services

PO Box 126

Bruthen 3885

0409 575 362

streetercivil @

BSE Consulting

Lot 284 Powers Road

Delegate NSW 2633

0499 076 424

admin @


2 Chaucer Street

Box Hill South 3128

0434 020 683

cday @

Ag-Challenge Consulting

28b Albert Street

Warragul 3820

0447 613 594

glenn @

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