You will need this approval if you intend to construct or install an apparatus for the treatment of sewage or the disposal of effluent and liquid wastes. A sewerage apparatus includes septic tanks, aerobic treatment units, compost toilets and any other apparatus used for the treatment of sewage.
The following types of apparatus must be approved by council:
- An apparatus that services a single dwelling.
- An apparatus that services a building which produces no more than 540 litres of sewage per day.
If the apparatus services multiple dwellings, or a building that produces more than 540 litres of sewage per day, you must contact the Department for approval. These applications must be accompanied by a report from the council on whether approval should be granted (a local government report).
It is illegal to install a sewerage apparatus without an approval. It is also an offence to commission a system prior to inspection and approval from the council.