Special Plumbing Permit (Applications for On-site wastewater management systems)
To install a septic tank or other form of waste water treatment system you require a Special Plumbing Permit from Council. This must be obtained prior to you gaining any building permit for a building not connected to sewer.
Complete the application form - Application for special plumbing permit
Provide the information required in the Director of Building Controls Specified List
To assist in providing the information necessary to obtain a permit Council has prepared two forms
SPP Form A - Site and Soil Evaluation A person undertaking this evaluation must be capable of issuing a Certificate Of Others under the Building Act 2000 (see http://www.wst.tas.gov.au/). Such people may be found by looking in the Yellow pages under subjects such as Environmental Consultants, Soil Testing or Geotechnical Consultants. This evaluation should help to identify if the site is capable of sustaining a wastewater system, and if so what type of system may be needed. It is the applicant's responsibility to verify the credentials of this person.
SPP Form B System Design This may be prepared by the same person who undertakes the site and soil evaluation, or it may be another person with appropriate skills and qualifications (for example a registered sanitary plumber who has skills, experience or training in wastewater management system design in accordance with AS/NZS 1547).
Provide a detailed site and plumbing plan showing all site features (for example contours, property boundaries, buildings, waterways etc) and the location and dimensions of the system. A copy of the title plan for the property must be provided to confirm property boundaries and the location of any easements (if you do not have a copy this can be obtained at this link - this is subject to a fee).
Lodge the application and application fee with Council. The application fee will be calculated according to the capacity of the system (typically starting at $105)
Council officers will assess all the information lodged and make a decision on the application. Council officers must take into account compliance with the Plumbing Regulations, Plumbing Code, Australian Standards, and state laws relating to health and the environment. The smaller your property the more difficulty you may have in obtaining a permit due to the potential for a system to adversely effect others. The applicant will be advised in writing of the decision.