Requirement to Install a Grease Trap - Victoria


The majority of food businesses producing trade waste are required to install a grease trap as part of their Trade Waste Agreement with Yarra Valley Water. A grease trap is a plumbing device that filters the majority of fats, oils and solid food particles out of the wastewater before it enters the sewerage system.

Not having a grease trap may mean you are charged with additional treatment and maintenance fees by Yarra Valley Water until a grease trap is installed on your property. However, you cannot pay the additional fee instead of installing a grease trap.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.

Service type

Code of Practice

A code of practice is a set of rules which details how people in a certain industry should behave. A code of practice can be defined as a result of legislation or by industry regulators and bodies.


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Description
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As fees vary according to the nature and cost of the works, please consult the responsible council for information on fees to be submitted with your application.

Other resources

Act(s) name

Water Act 1989 Victoria

Additional information

How to install a grease trap:

  1. Confirm with our Trade Waste department what size grease trap is required for your business
  2. Confirm with your local Council Health Officer that the location of the grease trap is satisfactory
  3. Obtain quotes from licensed plumbers to install
  4. Get a licensed plumber to install grease trap
  5. If your plumber advises that you need a grease trap that will fit under the sink, please contact Yarra Valley Water before proceeding. These units need written approval from us prior to installation. If you do not get approval first, your grease trap will have to be removed - at your expense.

Administering agency

Yarra Valley Water

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:

Trade Waste Team

Yarra Valley Water

Mailing address: PRIVATE BAG 1
Mitcham, Victoria 3132
Phone: 1300 853 811
Fax: 03 9872 1353
Website: Trade Waste Application (Opens in new window)