Approval to Operate an Onsite Sewage Management System - Bega Valley Shire Council - New South Wales


You will need this approval to operate an onsite sewage management system. An onsite sewage management system includes any 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.

On your application, you must provide details on the way the sewage management system will be operated, maintained, serviced and the actions that will be taken in the event of a breakdown or interference.

Service type


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

Eligibility requirements

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

Please contact the council to identify any further eligibility requirements.


As specified.


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All $550.00

Approval to install or construct and initial approval to operate commercial onsite sewage management system (more than 2000 litres per day). Fees for 2023-24

Apply Application All $540.00

Unapproved existing tank - approval to operate. Fees for 2023-24

Apply Inspection All $370.00

Issue of approval to operate onsite sewage management system (includes one inspection) - commercial charge. Fees for 2023-24

Apply Inspection All $231.00

Issue of approval to operate onsite sewage management system (includes one inspection) - additional time onsite per hour. Fees for 2023-24

Other resources

Task Business Structure Resources
Comply All Easy Septic Guide (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

Bega Valley Shire Council

Contact details

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