Septic systems

Septic tank pit in the lawn

Apply to install or alter a septic system

Septic systems are used to remove, contain and treat waste. If your property cannot connect to a sewage system, you will need a septic system. 

A permit is required to install or alter a septic system.

Apply for a septic system permit

Assessment of application and inspections are included in the application fee.

If you need to alter your application after it has been approved, you will need to apply for a public health assessment and approval of your changes. Fees may apply. 

Minor changes such as change of plumber or other minor adjustments, will need to be put in writing with new plans.

Major changes will require a new application to install or alter a septic system form.

New owners need to re-apply if septic system installation is not completed at time of purchase.

Septic Maintenance

If your home has a septic system it is your responsibility to make sure it is well-maintained and works effectively. A well maintained system will safeguard your family's health, protect the environment and neighbouring properties. 

Make sure:

  • You know the location and performance of your septic system

  • Your septic tank is cleaned at least every three years

  • Regularly check treatment plant services, sand filter and effluent disposal system

  • Effluent disposal area is protected from livestock and vehicles

  • Fats, high nutrient detergents and sanitary products do not enter the system

  • Water saving devices and water conservation measures are used where possible

  • If selling your property, that the new owners are provided with septic details

Decommissioning Septic Tanks

If you no longer need a septic tank, the septic tank must be removed from the ground and back filled or decommissioned. 

Any works to remove a septic tank must be done by a licensed plumber. 

After the works to decommission the septic tank system are finished, a copy of the compliance certificate must be sent to Council as verification.

While Council is responsible for ensuring wastewater systems are compliant with the Environment Protection Act and Regulations, including the Code of Practice for Onsite Wastewater Systems, we are unable to oversee the decommissioning of septic systems. 

If you have any questions or concerns you should speak with your licenced plumber or contact the Victorian Building Authority.

Septic tank discharges

We have over 22,000 properties that rely on a septic tank system to treat household wastewater. Systems installed up to the early 1980’s were allowed to discharge untreated grey water off-site into storm water drains. Systems installed in the 80’s and 90’s were allowed to discharge treated wastewater off-site.

If you have a query about septic tank discharges contact our Health Services Department on 1300 368 333

Other Requests

Download and return the relevant request form for: 

Fees are outlined in the request forms.

Please note: Properties with Building orders that were affected by storm damage in October 2016 do not need to pay a fee when requesting Septic Plans.