On-site Waste Water Management Systems
A suitably qualified environmental consultant must conduct an assessment of your site and will recommend an appropriate system (traditionally septic tanks, but now incorporating a number of alternative technologies). Please discuss with your consultant any specific requirements you may have.
A Special Plumbing Permit constitutes an approval to use a system or device (e.g. a septic tank) and a plumbing permit is also required before installation can proceed.
A Special Plumbing Permit is needed in a number of circumstances such as:
- a fixture located on a floor which is wholly or partly below ground level
- a waste disposal unit
- trade waste
- drainage from a swimming pool
- an inlet to a sewerage installation at a level which is lower than 150 mm above a declared drainage flood level for the land on which the sewerage installation is located
- the retention of any plumbing product which does not comply with the Tasmanian Plumbing Code
- the use of a product that does not comply with the Tasmanian Plumbing Code in a building of architectural or historical interest
- the installation of an on-site wastewater management system in accordance with
AS/NZS 1547:2000 on-site domestic-wastewater management
- testable and registrable backflow prevention devices
On-site disposal systems must be maintained according to the Special Plumbing Permit. To obtain a special plumbing permit you must make application to the Council with the required documentation.
Council’s Environmental Health officer can be contacted by telephone on 6426 4444 or email at email@example.com should you require further assistance.
Do you have a system already?
If so, you may wish to read the following information sheet on how to look after it: