Trade waste approval (for liquid waste discharge to sewer in Moreton Bay Region) - Queensland


If your business discharges any liquid waste to a sewer (other than domestic sewerage) then you require a trade waste approval from council.

A trade waste approval will specify councils conditions for discharging trade waste into its sewerage system. The purpose of the approval is to manage the potentially adverse effects of waste, which can cause blockages or corrosion, undermine the sewerage treatment process or be harmful to people..

Trade waste approval is required for a wide range of business activities. Examples of business activities that require trade waste approval are:

  • food and beverage preparation
  • manufacturing, including food and beverages, textiles, leather, paper, wood and plastic, tanneries, wool processing, glass, plaster, resin, ceramic or brick manufacture and stone working
  • farms or clubs using organic and inorganic fertilisers, weedkillers or insecticides
  • mining
  • abbatoirs and butchers
  • metal processing, finishing, fabricating or engineering operations
  • hospitals, dental clinics, veterinary clinics and educational, testing or research laboratories
  • vehicle and plant-related businesses (including truck drivers, car parks and transport depots, panel beaters, spray painters, car washes, service stations, wreckers, plant, vehicle and equipment hire and washing)
  • cleaning services, dry cleaning, carpet cleaning, bottle washing and laundry operations
  • swimming pool operations
  • any business activities that involve chemicals such as petrochemicals, pharmaceuticals, inks, paints, photographic chemicals, soaps and detergents.

Service type


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


Unitywater determines the length of time this approval remains in effect. If you plant to alter any of the processes involved in generating trade waste, you will need approval.


Contact Unitywater to determine applicable fees.


Act(s) name

Water Supply (Safety and Reliability) Act 2008 QLD

Application process

To apply for this licence, you will need to complete an application form and submit it to UnityWater with the appropriate fee.  A site inspection by Unitywater may be required.


You cannot transfer this approval. If you change property ownership or lease a business establishment, you will have to reapply for a new approval.

Administering agency


Contact details

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



Operating address: Ground Floor
33 King Street
Mailing address: PO Box 953
Phone: 07 5431 8333
Phone: 1300 086 489
Website: Unitywater (Opens in new window)