Apply for a septic tank permit

Do you need to install a new septic tank? You're in the right spot. You need a permit to construct, install, or alter a septic tank system.

How to apply

Email

Step 1.Read the guidelines

Before starting the process, please review the guidelines for installing or altering a Septic Tank(PDF, 381KB).

Step 2.Contact Council

Contact us at (03) 5366 7100 or info@moorabool.vic.gov.au to determine if you need a planning permit. We cannot approve a septic tank permit until you have received a planning permit.

Step 3.Contact your water authority

Contact either your water authority (Central Highlands Water, Barwon Water, Western Water, Goulburn Murray Water, or Southern Rural Water) to find out if there are other conditions.

Step 4.Gather your documents

You must submit the following documents, along with the application form:

 

Step 5.Download application form

Download form(PDF, 281KB).

 

Step 6.Submit your application

Once you've gathered all documents, submit your application by email.

Submit by email

Step 7.Make your payment

Applications will not be considered until the required fees have been paid.

We will call you once we receive your application

Note: we will call you three times. If we can't reach you, the application will not move forward.

Fees

Septic Fees Amount
Permit to Install $1375.00
Major alternation (including 2 inspections) $647.00
Minor alternation, Cost of works max $2000 (including 1 inspections) $200.00
Extension to current permit only 1 extension allowed $50.00
Grey Water Permit $455.00
Additional inspection request $100.00
Septic information request $141.00
Septic information request no inspection required $50.00
Sample request Cost of sample plus 20% 

Step 8.We'll respond to you 

Once you submit your application, we have 42 days to process and issue a 'Permit to Install'. No works should start before the issue of your permit. Should work start without a permit, we may issue an infringement notice.
 
Note: A Building Surveyor cannot issue an “occupancy certificate” until Council issues your “Permit to Use”. 

Step 9.Once approved

The permit is valid for 2 years. Please provide copies of your permit to your plumber and builder. 24 hours before works begin the owner or the plumber should contact Council’s Environmental Health Unit to request a progress inspection

Post

Step 1.Read the guidelines

Before starting the process, please review the guidelines for installing or altering a Septic Tank(PDF, 381KB).

Step 2.Contact Council

Contact us at (03) 5366 7100 or info@moorabool.vic.gov.au to determine if you need a planning permit. We cannot approve a septic tank permit until you have received a planning permit.

 

Step 3.Contact your water authority

Contact either your water authority (Central Highlands Water, Barwon Water, Western Water, Goulburn Murray Water, or Southern Rural Water) to find out if there are other conditions.

 

Step 4.Gather your documents

You must submit the following documents, along with the application form:

 

Step 5.Download application form

Download form(PDF, 281KB).

Step 6.Submit your application

Once you've gathered all documents, submit your application by post.

Send to: PO BOX 18, Ballan, Victoria 3342

 

Step 7.Make your payment

Applications will not be considered until the required fees have been paid.

We will call you once we receive your application

Note: we will call you three times. If we can't reach you, the application will not move forward.

Fees

Septic Fees Amount
Permit to Install $1375.00
Major alternation (including 2 inspections) $647.00
Minor alternation, Cost of works max $2000 (including 1 inspections) $200.00
Extension to current permit only 1 extension allowed $50.00
Grey Water Permit $455.00
Additional inspection request $100.00
Septic information request $141.00
Septic information request no inspection required $50.00
Sample request Cost of sample plus 20% 

Step 8.We'll respond to you 

 

Once you submit your application, we have 42 days to process and issue a 'Permit to Install'. No works should start before the issue of your permit. Should work start without a permit, we may issue an infringement notice.
 
Note: A Building Surveyor cannot issue an “occupancy certificate” until Council issues your “Permit to Use”. 

 

Step 9.Once approved

The permit is valid for 2 years. Please provide copies of your permit to your plumber and builder. 24 hours before works begin the owner or the plumber should contact Council’s Environmental Health Unit to request a progress inspection

 

In-person

Step 1.Read the guidelines

Before starting the process, please review the guidelines for installing or altering a Septic Tank(PDF, 381KB).

Step 2.Contact Council

Contact us at (03) 5366 7100 or info@moorabool.vic.gov.au to determine if you need a planning permit. We cannot approve a septic tank permit until you have received a planning permit.

Step 3.Contact your water authority

Contact either your water authority (Central Highlands Water, Barwon Water, Western Water, Goulburn Murray Water, or Southern Rural Water) to find out if there are other conditions.

Step 4.Gather your documents

You must submit the following documents, along with the application form:

 

Step 5.Download application form

Download form(PDF, 281KB).

 

Step 6.Submit your application

Once you've gathered all documents, visit one of our offices to hand in your application.

Ballan Office
15 Stead Street,
Ballan, Victoria 3342

Darley Civic and Community Hub
182 Halletts Way,
Darley, Victoria 3340

Lerderderg Library

215 Main Street,
Bacchus Marsh, Victoria 3340

Step 7.Make your payment

Applications will not be considered until the required fees have been paid.

We will call you once we receive your application

Note: we will call you three times. If we can't reach you, the application will not move forward.

Fees

Septic Fees Amount
Permit to Install $1375.00
Major alternation (including 2 inspections) $647.00
Minor alternation, Cost of works max $2000 (including 1 inspections) $200.00
Extension to current permit only 1 extension allowed $50.00
Grey Water Permit $455.00
Additional inspection request $100.00
Septic information request $141.00
Septic information request no inspection required $50.00
Sample request Cost of sample plus 20% 

 

Step 8.We'll respond to you 

Once you submit your application, we have 42 days to process and issue a 'Permit to Install'. No works should start before the issue of your permit. Should work start without a permit, we may issue an infringement notice.

 
Note: A Building Surveyor cannot issue an “occupancy certificate” until Council issues your “Permit to Use”. 

 

Step 9.Once approved

The permit is valid for 2 years. Please provide copies of your permit to your plumber and builder. 24 hours before works begin the owner or the plumber should contact Council’s Environmental Health Unit to request a progress inspection.

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I get a copy of my permit to Install, Alter or Use a septic system; or documents regarding my septic?

Any additional septic permit or any documentation Council has about your septic can be provided by Council by lodging a written request via email to info@moorabool.vic.gov.au or via post/ in person with a Septic/ Sewer information request which carries a fee of $59.00.

Can I change the type of system I have been allowed to install?

Depending on your block size and its proximity to various water ways a septic system can pose a greater risk to the local environment and drinking water: due to this Council and water authorities may insist on particular types of systems which treat your waste to a higher standard.

If I build an addition to my home; do I need to change my waste-water treatment system?

If your addition is likely to increase the potential number of bedrooms or is not functioning correctly Council is obligated to ensure that the wastewater treatment system meets potential needs.  You will need to apply for a permit to alter your septic system(PDF, 281KB) in this case.