City of Wodonga


Frequently asked questions

What are the standards that I must comply with?

The Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Guidelines For Environmental Management: Code Of Practice – Onsite Wastewater Management references a series of Australian standards that must be complied with.

When I make an application can I start installing the system?

No, works are not permitted to commence onsite until council has issued a permit to install. Installing a wastewater treatment system without a permit to install is an offence against the Environment Protection Act 1970.

Can I install the system myself?

You can install the system yourself, however, a licensed plumber must inspect and supply us with a certificate of compliance to ensure the plumbing meets the plumbing industry standards. We will not issue a permit to use the system until this has been received.

When can I use the system?

The system cannot be used until we have issued a permit to use. It is an offence against the Environment Protection Act 1970 and penalties can apply.

Will the treatment system be inspected?

Yes. You pay an environmental levy as part of your rates. We have a contracted inspection service with Casey’s Inspection services. This will occur at three yearly intervals, however, depending on the system you have installed, inspections may be required more frequently with some systems requiring quarterly reports to be forwarded to us. These additional requirements are your responsibility and are dependent on the system you have chosen to install.

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Last updated: 18-04-2017

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