Approval to Operate an Onsite Sewage Management System - New South Wales


You will require this approval if you intend to operate an onsite sewage management system.

An onsite sewage management system is the infrastructure designed to hold, process, re-use or discharge, sewage or the by-products of sewage.

Sewage management infrastructure can include artificial wetlands, transpiration beds, mounds, trenches, vegetation, effluent polishing, dispersal or re-use arrangements. It also includes items such as portable toilets, septic tanks, aerobic treatment units, compost toilets, aerated wastewater treatment systems, tanks, beds, sewers, drains, pipes, fittings, fixtures or any other apparatus used for the treatment of sewage.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.

Service type


A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for this approval you must provide details of the way in which the sewage management system will be operated, maintained, serviced and the action to be taken in the event of a breakdown or interference.

Please note that plumbing and drainage work in NSW may only be carried out by individuals that hold an endorsed contractor licence, supervisor certificate or tradesperson certificate.

Please consult directly with the Council for information on any eligibility requirements specific to your approval.


As specified on the approval.


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Description
Apply Application All

Fees will vary depending on your circumstances. Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.


Task Business Structure Resources
Apply All Approval to Operate a Sewage Management System - Please consult the Contact Officer for information on forms to be submitted.

Act(s) name

Local Government Act 1993 NSW

Regulation(s) name

Local Government (General) Regulation 2005 NSW

Administering agency

Kempsey Shire Council

Contact details

Contact Email, Phone and Address Details for this service in simple two column table format, header then data.

Enquiries Officer

Kempsey Shire Council

Operating address: 22 Tozer Street
West Kempsey
NSW 2440
Mailing address: PO BOX 3078
West Kempsey, New South Wales 2440
Phone: 02 6566 3200
Fax: 02 6566 3205
Website: Kempsey Shire Council (Opens in new window)