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Septic Tank System Permit Process

Under the Environment Protection Act 1970, any person requires a permit from Council to construct, install or alter any part of a septic tank system. Legal penalties apply for work carried out without a permit.
The permit consists of a two stage process:

  •  A ‘Permit to Alter/Install’ a septic tank system.  This permit must be issued before a building permit can be issued.
  •  A ‘Certificate to Use’ the septic tank system.  This permit must be issued before a building Certificate of Occupancy can be issued.

Please note Council can only approve septic systems that hold a current 'Certificate of Conformance' under the relevant Australian Standard. For a list of these systems refer to the EPA website. Council can not recommend a particular brand or model.

For general information on septic tank systems refer to Council's Septic Tank Brochure.

If you are planning to install or alter a septic tank system and for guidance on the permit application process refer to Council's Septic Tank System Permit Application Guide.

Application to Install/Alter a Septic Tank System

Application to Install/Alter a Septic Tank System Form 2019-20

Application for Extension of Time or Amend Septic Permit

Extension of Time and Application for an Amended Septic Permit Form 2019-20

Please note that the responsibility to complete the above form can either be the plumber or the owner; however, the application form must be signed by the owner and submitted with the applicable fee.

Amendment to Permit

Whenever there is an amendment to a Permit to Install/Alter a Septic Tank System, there is a requirement to notify Council's Environmental Health Department.

An application to change or amend a permit also includes the appointment of a different plumber to install the system as that mentioned on the original Application for a Permit to Install/Alter.

Please note that in the event of an ownership change, a new permit will be required and any existing permit will be void.

Extension of Time

Should you require an extension to your Permit to Install/Alter, you will need to complete the above form and return to Council with the applicable fee at least twenty (20) business days prior to your Permit expiring.

Should an extension of time be granted, this extension will be valid for twelve (12) months. No additional extensions can be granted. If the system has not been installed and approved within this extended period of time, you will need to apply for a new permit to Install/Alter a Septic Tank System.

Request for Existing Septic Tank System Information or Assessment

Council may be able to recover archived information relating to your existing Septic Tank System. Should you wish to apply for such information, please complete the Request for Septic Tank System Information Form and return to Council with the applicable fee.

When extending an existing dwelling or conducting other building works, a determination need to be made about whether the existing septic tank system is still suitable or whether it requires alteration or replacement. If you require an assessment to be undertaken by Council, please complete the Request for Septic Tank System Assessment Form and return to Council with the applicable fee.

Towards Better Onsite Wastewater Management in Victoria - Community Education Series

Please note that since the printing and production of these information and fact sheets, there has been a revision of the EPA Code of Practice. These fact sheets are now currently under review. Golden Plains Shire does not guarantee the accuracy of the information provided and as such should be used as a general guide only.

Fact Sheet 1: Basic Design Information for Conventional Septic Tanks and Absorption Trenches 

Fact Sheet 2: Package Treatment Plants (Basic Design Information)

Fact Sheet 3: Septic Tank and Sand Filter

Fact Sheet 4: Septic Tank with Reed Bed

Fact Sheet 5: Split Systems (Septic and Grey Water Systems)

Fact Sheet 6: Common Disposal Methods for Onsite Wastewater Management

Fact Sheet 7: In-Situ Septic Tank Systems and Other Historic Septic Tank Designs

Fact Sheet 8: Licensed Plumbing Practitioners Responsibilities with Domestic Wastewater

Fact Sheet 9: Service Agents Responsibilities

Fact Sheet 10: Land Owners - Considering installing or altering an onsite domestic wastewater management system

Fact Sheet 11: Operation and Maintenance of Domestic Wastewater Systems - Home Owners and Renters

Fact Sheet 12: Land Owner - Land Capability Assessment

Council's Domestic Wastewater Management Plan

In July 2015, Council adopted a Domestic Wastewater Management Plan developed in conjunction with RMCG Consultants, the local water authorities and other stakeholders. This plan details how Council manages domestic wastewater within the municipality. This plan includes:

  • Broadscale land capability data and mapping;
  • Land Capability Assessment requirements;
  • Audit program for existing septic tank systems; and
  • Council's action plan for domestic wastewater management.

The Domestic Wastewater Management Plan is in two volumes. The first volume being the plan itself, whilst the second volume contains data spatial mapping and discussions which support the plan.

Golden Plains Shire Council - Domestic Wastewater Management Plan - Volume 1

Golden Plains Shire Council - Domestic Wastewater Management Plan - Volume 2 - Technical Reports

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Page Last Updated:

Thursday, 15 August 2019 - 4:29pm

 

Council acknowledges the traditional Wadawurrung owners of this land. Council pays its respects to Wadawurrung Elders both past and present and extends that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People who are part of Golden Plains Shire.