Frequently asked questions

How does the application process work?

The application process requires that the following information must be submitted to Council:

  • A completed, signed application form
  • Lodgement of the application fee
  • A locality plan
  • A site plan of the proposed installation
  • A copy of the site Land Capability Assessment (if applicable).  Please see the Land Capability Assessment Guidelines below for further information.

The Environmental Health Officer (EHO) performs as many as three (3) inspections of each system installed.  These inspections include:

  1. An initial site inspection after receipt by Council of the application
  2. An inspection of the septic tank during the installation process
  3. A final inspection when the system is completed

After the final inspection, the EHO will ask for a Plumbers Industry Certificate of Compliance.  Once this has been received, an Approval to Use will be issued.  Please read this Approval to Use carefully and abide to its conditions.

It is your responsibility to manage the wastewater from your septic system and/or treatment plant!


Fees are prescribed under the Environment Protection Regulations 2021 and are updated with the financial year.  The below fees and charges are valid until 30 June 2022.  

 Permit to install wastewater management system
 Permit to alter an existing waste water management system 
 Additional septic inspections

 $91.98 per hour where Council's
 assessment exceeds 8.2 hours and
 not exceeding 
a maximum of $2,035.51 


If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact one of Council's Environmental Health Officers on 5593 7100.

Domestic Wastewater System Contribution Program

The DWSCP aims to provide a financial incentive for the development of new housing in the Shire on lots in township areas that are not serviced by a reticulated sewage system.

This includes the towns of Darlington, Derrinallum, Skipton, Lismore, Noorat and Princetown.

The program has been developed in response to feedback provided to Council, that the high costs associated with wastewater treatment on small blocks in these towns is a barrier to development.

Apply here