Permission to Construct, Install or Alter an On-Site Wastewater Management System - Pyrenees Shire Council - Victoria


You will require this permit if you intend to construct, install or alter a septic tank system. All septic tank systems must comply with the current Australian New Zealand Standard for On-site Domestic Wastewater Treatment Units - Septic Tanks.

Septic Tanks provide an onsite sewage disposal system for buildings on the urban fringe and in rural or remote locations that have no access to a sewer connection. You should regularly (at least every three years but preferably every year) pump out the sludge and solids from the tank.

Service type


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

Eligibility requirements

When installing or altering a septic tank system, you must:

  • include a copy of your certificate of conformity from an accredited conformity assessment body (CAB)
  • comply with the relevant Australian Standards
  • comply with any relevant Codes of Practice
  • submit all required forms
  • pay any required fees.

Ongoing eligibility requirements

The system must be assessed annually for permit compliance by an authorised assessor, or as required by council.


As specified


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All $743.30

Installation. Fee for 2023-24

Vary Variation All $569.50

Alteration. Fee for 2023-24

Act(s) name

Environment Protection Act 2017 Victoria

Regulation(s) name

Environment Protection Regulations 2021 Victoria

Approval time

Please Allow 2-4 weeks for your application to be processed.

Additional information

You will  need to include with you application:

  • completed and signed application form
  • a detailed floor plan of the dwelling (if applicable)
  • a site/allotment Plan showing the items outlined on the back of the application form
  • a current copy of Title
  • plans and specifications of the proposed system
  • if it is an alteration, then also a plan detailing the existing system and dwelling and details of the proposed changes
  • pay the required fee to install or alter.

You will also require a site inspection before work can commence, a progress inspection and a final inspection. Please provide the Council's Environmental Health Officer with 3-4 days notice when planning your installation, to allow for these inspections.


You will be required to obtain a 'Certificate of Approval to Use' before you can begin using the septic tank system.


If you require any further information, please contact the agency.

Administering agency

Pyrenees Shire Council

Contact details

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