Permission to Install or Alter a Septic Tank System - Horsham Rural City 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.

Please consult the responsible council for more information regarding eligibility requirements.

Ongoing eligibility requirements

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


Permit to install is valid for 2 years.


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All $490.00

Installation. Fees for 2019-20.

Vary Variation All $250.00

Alterations. Fees for 2019-20.

Vary Variation All $70.00

Extension or amendment. Fees for 2019-20.

Vary Variation All $130.00

Inspection by request per hour. Fees for 2019-20.


Task Business Structure Resources
Apply All Septic Tank Application - PDF (Opens in new window)

Other resources

Act(s) name

Environment Protection Act 1970 Victoria

Local law(s) name

Community Local Law 2011

Approval time

Please allow 42 days for application to be approved.

Administering agency

Horsham Rural City Council

Contact details

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

Please use these contact details for help or more information:

Environmental Health Officer

Horsham Rural City Council

Operating address: 18 Roberts Avenue
Horsham, Victoria 3402
Mailing address: PO BOX 511
Horsham, Victoria 3402
Fax: 03 5382 1111
Website: Horsham Rural City Council (Opens in new window)