Approval to Install, Construct or Alter an Onsite Sewage Management System - The Hills Shire 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.


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All $412.00

One to ten equivalent persons (includes two inspection fees and approval to operate fee). Fees for 2023-24

Apply Application All $820.00

More than ten equivalent persons (includes two inspections and approval to operate). Fees for 2023-24

Apply Application All $1200.00

Install an on-site sewage management system (non-residential). Fees for 2023-24

Apply Inspection All $213.00

Per hour (minimum half hour). Fees for 2023-24

Apply Inspection All $234.00

Pre-purchase inspection of an on-site sewage management system. Fees for 2023-24

Other resources

Task Business Structure Resources
Apply All Local Approvals Policy - PDF (Opens in new window)

Act(s) name

Local Government Act 1993 New South Wales

Regulation(s) name

Local Government (General) Regulations 2021 New South Wales

Administering agency

The Hills Shire Council

Contact details

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