Small areas within the municipality do not have assess to reticulated sewerage. For these properties sewage (toilet wastewater) and sullage (wastewater from baths, sinks, laundry, showers etc), must be treated and contained within the boundaries of the property using a septic wastewater system. Under the Environment Protection Act property owners must obtain a permit to connect additional wastewater fixtures, install, alter or use a septic system.
Permit to install or alter a septic system
It is your responsibility to apply for a septic system permit(DOCX, 60KB) to undertake such works. Plans must be submitted for approval before works commence. It is our responsibility to ensure that all new septic systems are installed in accordance with the Code of Practice Septic Tanks.
Council will conduct a site inspection when the septic system is being installed/altered to ensure the installation is in accordance with the Environment Protection Authority’s Code of Practice - Onsite Wastewater Management. On completion, and before the property is occupied, a ‘permit to use’ will be issued along with an approved septic tank plan.
NOTE: We require 48 hours’ notice for septic tank inspection appointments.
You must provide the following when lodging an application:
- Completed Septic Tank Permit application form
- Appropriate fee according to the application form
- Land Capability Assessment (if required)
- Floor plan and block plan of house
- Description of the system including proposed location
If you want to reuse greywater, please contact Latrobe City Council's Health Services on 1300 367 700 for approval.
Land Capability Assessments (LCA) Consultants can be found in the yellow pages directory under Engineers/Geotechnical Engineers or Soil Testers.
If you move into a property and you are unsure of where the septic tank and disposal field is located, contact our Health Services team and submit a request for Request for Septic Tank Plan(DOC, 207KB) form with payment of the appropriate fee.
Council will review records to see whether we have details on the septic system. If plans are not available the fee will be refunded.