Licence to Discharge Trade Waste - Goulburn Valley Water - Victoria


You will need this licence if you run an industry, business, trade or manufacturing process that creates trade waste. Trade waste is liquid waste from commercial and industrial operations that contains chemicals, grease, oils, fats and other solid particles that can cause issues if discharged into the sewer system. Trade waste can come from commercial and industrial businesses.

Commercial or minor trade waste originates in businesses that are likely to have grease or oil or food substances contained in their waste, including:

  • restaurants, bakeries and cafes
  • butchers and delicatessens
  • supermarkets
  • hospitals, nursing homes and hotels.

Industrial or major trade waste originates in businesses that are high-risk due to waste nature and / or volume, including:

  • mechanical workshops and auto-wreckers
  • chemical laboratories
  • paint shops
  • dry cleaners
  • radiology clinics
  • manufacturing plants.

Service type


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


Some non-residential customers who discharge trade waste do so as such a low level of risk that they do not warrant a Trade Waste Agreement. If you discharge trade waste, but only a small quantity or if it is of a similar nature to domestic sewage, you will not require this licence.

The Agency has the right to determine whether you are exempt or not and to change your classification in response to a change in circumstances or new information.


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Act(s) name

Water Act 1989 Victoria

Regulation(s) name

Water (Trade Waste) Regulations 2014 Victoria

Administering agency

Goulburn Valley Water

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