Approval to Install, Construct or Alter an Onsite Sewage Management System - Lake Macquarie City Council - New South Wales


You will need this approval if you intend to install, construct or alter an onsite sewage management system. This approval is required to ensure building standards and minimum health and safety standards are met.

Onsite sewage management systems include portable toilets, septic tanks, aerobic treatment units, compost toilets or any other apparatus used for the treatment of sewage. It also includes any of the tanks, beds, sewers, drains, pipes, fittings, fixtures and land used in connection to this system.

Please note that:

  • plumbing and drainage work can only be carried out by individuals that hold the relevant professional licences
  • this approval will often be granted as part of a Development Application process.

Service type


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

Eligibility requirements

You may be required to supply plans, specifications, site assessments, statements and operations / maintenance details with your application.


As specified on the approval.


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All -

Fee to install and operate a domestic waste water (includes mandatory inspections):

  • treatment system - $688.00
  • pumpout system - $492.00.

Fees for 2022-23

Apply Application All $988.00

Fee to install and operate a new commercial or package waste water treatment system designed for more than 10 persons (includes mandatory inspections). Fees for 2022-23

Vary Variation All -

Amendment fees:

  • administration costs for amending approval - $111.00
  • alter existing waste water treatment system (including mandatory inspections) - $312.00.

Fees for 2022-23

Act(s) name

Local Government Act 1993 New South Wales

Regulation(s) name

Local Government (General) Regulations 2021 New South Wales

Administering agency

Lake Macquarie City Council

Contact details

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